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The Resource Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan performance of history, Brian Walsh

Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan performance of history, Brian Walsh

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Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan performance of history
Title
Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan performance of history
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Brian Walsh
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "The Elizabethan history play was one of the most prevalent dramatic genres of the 1590s, and so was a major contribution to Elizabethan historical culture. The genre has been well served by critical studies that emphasize politics and ideology; however, there has been less interest in the way history is interrogated as an idea in these plays. Drawing in period-sensitive ways on the field of contemporary performance theory, Walsh looks at the Shakespearean history play from a fresh angle, by first analyzing the foundational work of the Queen's Men, the playing company that invented the popular history play. Through innovative readings of their plays including The Famous Victories of Henry V before moving on to Shakespeare's 1 Henry VI, Richard III, and Henry V, this book investigates how the Queen's Men's self-consciousness about performance helped to shape Shakespeare's dramatic and historical imagination"--Provided by publisher
  • "Longing on a large scale is what makes history." Don DeLillo, Underworld-- In his 1589 treatise The Arte of English Poesie, George Puttenham diagnosed the limited ability of humans to perceive history. The past, according to Puttenham, is that which "we are not able [...] to attaine to the knowledge of, by any of our ences." History is defined by its inalienable absence. It exists only in forms of textual or pictorial representation, such as prose works, poetry, and illustrations, or in embodied acts such as storytelling and theatrical playing. In sixteenth-century England, these forms flourished as varying responses to a heightened awareness of the absence of history, an awareness that the intellectual ambitions of the Renaissance precipitated. Of all the forms of history, performance alone supplies a pretense of sensual contact with the vanished past through the bodies that move and speak on stage. The history plays that I consider in this book, from the repertory of the Queen's Men and by Shakespeare, grew out of a vibrant Elizabethan historical culture, and they in turn helped to shape a new historical outlook"--Provided by publisher
  • "Longing on a large scale is what makes history." Don DeLillo, Underworld In his 1589 treatise The Arte of English Poesie, George Puttenham diagnosed the limited ability of humans to perceive history. The past, according to Puttenham, is that which "we are not able [ . . . ] to attaine to the knowledge of, by any of our ences." History is defined by its inalienable absence. It exists only in forms of textual or pictorial representation, such as prose works, poetry, and illustrations, or in embodied acts such as storytelling and theatrical playing. In sixteenth-century England, these forms flourished as varying responses to a heightened awareness of the absence of history, an awareness that the intellectual ambitions of the Renaissance precipitated. Of all the forms of history, performance alone supplies a pretense of sensual contact with the vanished past through the bodies that move and speak on stage. The history plays that I consider in this book, from the repertory of the Queen's Men and by Shakespeare, grew out of a vibrant Elizabethan historical culture, and they in turn helped to shape a new historical outlook"--Provided by publisher
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Walsh, Brian
Dewey number
822/.05140903
Index
index present
LC call number
PR635.H5
LC item number
W35 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Queen's Men (Theater company)
  • Historical drama, English
  • Literature and history
  • English drama
  • Theater
Label
Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan performance of history, Brian Walsh
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction; 1. Dialogues with the dead: history, performance, and Elizabethan theater; 2. Theatrical time and historical time: the temporality of the past in The Famous Victories of Henry V; 3. Figuring history: truth, poetry, and report in The True Tragedy of Richard III; 4. 'Unkind division': the double absence of performing history in 1 Henry VI; 5. Richard III and Theatrum Historiae; 6. Henry V and the extra-theatrical historical imagination; Conclusion: traces of Henry/traces of history
Control code
422765095
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 239 pages
Isbn
9780521766920
Lccn
2009035488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)422765095
Label
Shakespeare, the Queen's Men, and the Elizabethan performance of history, Brian Walsh
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction; 1. Dialogues with the dead: history, performance, and Elizabethan theater; 2. Theatrical time and historical time: the temporality of the past in The Famous Victories of Henry V; 3. Figuring history: truth, poetry, and report in The True Tragedy of Richard III; 4. 'Unkind division': the double absence of performing history in 1 Henry VI; 5. Richard III and Theatrum Historiae; 6. Henry V and the extra-theatrical historical imagination; Conclusion: traces of Henry/traces of history
Control code
422765095
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 239 pages
Isbn
9780521766920
Lccn
2009035488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)422765095

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