9780198793755

Shakespeare's Originality

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  • ISBN13:

    9780198793755

  • ISBN10:

    0198793758

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-03-25
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

How original was Shakespeare and how was Shakespeare original? This lucid, innovative book sets about answering these questions by putting them in historical context and investigating how the dramatist worked with his sources: plays, poems, chronicles and prose romances. Shakespeare's Originality unlocks its topic with rewarding precision and flair, showing through a series of case studies that range across the output-from the mature comedies to the great tragedies, from Richard III to The Tempestwhat can be learned about the artistry of the plays by thinking about these sources (including newly identified ones) after several decades of neglect. Discussion is enriched by such matters as Elizabethan ruffs and feathers, actors' footwork, chronicle history, modern theatre productions, debts to classical tragedy, scepticism, magic and science, the agricultural revolution, and ecological catastrophe. This is authoritative, lively work by one of the world's leading Shakespearians, accessible to the general reader as well as indispensable for students.

Author Biography


John Kerrigan, Professor of English 2000, University of Cambridge

John Kerrigan was born and brought up in Liverpool. After Oxford, he went to Cambridge where he is Professor of English 2000 and a Fellow of St John's College. He has lectured all over the world, with visiting positions in Japan, India, New Zealand, and the USA. Among his publications are widely-acclaimed books and essays about tragedy since antiquity, Shakespeare, seventeenth-century literature, and modern poetry.

Table of Contents


Introduction
1. Upstarts and Much Ado
2. Shakespeare Afoot
3. King Lear and its Origins
4. The Tempest to 1756

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