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The Resource Shakespeare, the king's playwright : theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613, Alvin Kernan

Shakespeare, the king's playwright : theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613, Alvin Kernan

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Shakespeare, the king's playwright : theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613
Title
Shakespeare, the king's playwright
Title remainder
theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613
Statement of responsibility
Alvin Kernan
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Soon after James Stuart became king of England in 1603, William Shakespeare, while still working in the public theater, became the royal playwright, and his acting troupe became the premier playing company of the realm. How did this courtly setting influence Shakespeare's work? What was it like to view, perform in, and write plays conceived for the Stuart king?
  • In this fascinating and lively book, one of our most eminent literary critics explores these questions by taking us back to the court performances of some of Shakespeare's most famous plays, examining them in their settings at the royal palaces of Whitehall and Hampton Court. Alvin Kernan looks at Shakespeare as a patronage playwright whose work after 1603 focused on the main concerns of his royal patron: divine-right kingship in Lear, the corruption of the court in Antony, the difficulties of the old military aristocracy in Coriolanus, and other vital matters. Kernan argues that Shakespeare was neither the royal propagandist nor the political subversive that the New Historicists have made him out to be. He was, instead, a great dramatist whose plays commented on political and social concerns of his patrons and who sought the most satisfactory way of adjusting his art to court needs
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Kernan, Alvin B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Theater
  • Literary patrons
  • Authors and patrons
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • James
  • Stuart, House of
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
Label
Shakespeare, the king's playwright : theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613, Alvin Kernan
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-220) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Shakespeare at the Stuart Court -- Art and theater in the service of the Leviathan state -- Blood revenge in Elsinore and in Holyrood : Hamlet (Hampton Court, Christmas 1603) -- The king's prerogative and the law : Measure for measure (Whitehall, December 26, 1604) -- The politics of madness and demonism : Macbeth (Hampton Court, August 7, 1606) -- The true king : Lear (Whitehall, Christmas 1606) -- Sex and favor in the court : Antony and Cleopatra (Whitehall, Christmas 1607) -- The military and the court aristocracies : Coriolanus (Whitehall, Christmas 1608) -- The king and the poet : The tempest (Whitehall, Winter 1613) -- Shakespeare's sonnets and patronage art -- What the king saw, what the poet wrote -- Appendix A : Theatrical calendar of the King's Men at court, 1603-14 -- Appendix B : The Great Hall at Christ Church, Oxford, August 1605
Control code
31605600
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 230 pages
Isbn
9780300061819
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94043845
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1681204
Label
Shakespeare, the king's playwright : theater in the Stuart court, 1603-1613, Alvin Kernan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-220) 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 : Shakespeare at the Stuart Court -- Art and theater in the service of the Leviathan state -- Blood revenge in Elsinore and in Holyrood : Hamlet (Hampton Court, Christmas 1603) -- The king's prerogative and the law : Measure for measure (Whitehall, December 26, 1604) -- The politics of madness and demonism : Macbeth (Hampton Court, August 7, 1606) -- The true king : Lear (Whitehall, Christmas 1606) -- Sex and favor in the court : Antony and Cleopatra (Whitehall, Christmas 1607) -- The military and the court aristocracies : Coriolanus (Whitehall, Christmas 1608) -- The king and the poet : The tempest (Whitehall, Winter 1613) -- Shakespeare's sonnets and patronage art -- What the king saw, what the poet wrote -- Appendix A : Theatrical calendar of the King's Men at court, 1603-14 -- Appendix B : The Great Hall at Christ Church, Oxford, August 1605
Control code
31605600
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 230 pages
Isbn
9780300061819
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94043845
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1681204

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