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Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare : Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture - Douglas Bruster

Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare

Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

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Published: 22nd February 2005
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Douglas Bruster's provocative study of English Renaissance drama explores its links with Elizabethan and Jacobean economy and society, looking at the status of playwrights such as Shakespeare and the establishment of commercial theatres. He identifies in the drama a materialist vision which has its origins in the climate of uncertainty engendered by the rapidly expanding economy of London. His examples range from the economic importance of cuckoldry to the role of stage props as commodities, and the commercial significance of the Troy story in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, and he offers new ways of reading English Renaissance drama, by returning the theatre and the plays performed there, to its basis in the material world.

Towards a material theatre
Drama and the Age
æCity comedyÆ and the materialist vision
Horns of plenty: cuckoldry and capital
The objects of farce: identity and commodity
The farce of objects: Othello to Bartholomew Fair
æThe alteration of menÆ: Troilus and Cressida, Troynovant, and trade
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ISBN: 9780521607063
ISBN-10: 052160706X
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 22nd February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.28