9780521030588

Shakespeare and the Hunt: A Cultural and Social Study

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521030588

  • ISBN10:

    0521030587

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-11-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Shakespeare and the Hunt is the first book-length study of Shakespeare's works in relation to the culture of the hunt in Elizabethan and Jacobean society. The book explores topics generally unfamiliar to Shakespeareans, such as the variety of kinds of hunting in the period, the formal rituals of the hunt, the roles of Queen Elizabeth and King James as hunters, the practice of organized poaching, and the arguments both for and against hunting. Situating Shakespeare's works in this rich cultural context, Berry illuminates the plays from fresh angles. He explores, for example, the role of poaching in The Merry Wives of Windsor; the paradox of pastoral hunting in As You Like It; the intertwining of hunting and politics in The Tempest; and the gendered language of falconry in The Taming of the Shrew.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Glossary
Introduction: the culture of the hunt and Shakespeare
Huntresses in Venus and Adonis and Love's Labour Lost
'Solemn' hunting in Titus Andronicus and Julius Caesar
The 'manning' of Katherine: falconry in The Taming of the Shrew
The 'rascal' Falstaff in Windsor
Pastoral hunting in As You Like It
Political hunting: Prospero and James I
Conclusion: Shakespeare on the culture of the hunt
Notes
Index
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