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Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright - Patrick Cheney

Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright

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Published: 1st November 2004
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Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright is an important new book which reassesses Shakespeare as a poet and dramatist. Patrick Cheney contests critical preoccupation with Shakespeare as 'a man of the theatre' by recovering his original standing as an early modern author: he is a working dramatist who composes some of the most extraordinary poems in English. The book accounts for this form of authorship by reconstructing the historical preconditions for its emergence, in England as in Europe, including the building of the commercial theatres and the consolidation of the printing press. Cheney traces the literary origin to Shakespeare's favourite author, Ovid, who wrote the Amores and Metamorphoses alongside the tragedy Medea. Cheney also examines Shakespeare's literary relations with his contemporary authors Edmund Spenser and Christopher Marlowe. The book concentrates on Shakespeare's freestanding poems, but makes frequent reference to the plays, and ranges widely through the work of other Renaissance writers.

"Patrick Cheney's Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright is a remarkable book." Jeanne A. Roberts, The Spenser Review "Poet-Playwright introduces and illustrates the pertinence of the dyadic Ovidian model of authorship in the 'inter-textual intercourse' between Shakespeare's plays and poems. The author challenges the nearly 400 years of Shakespearean editing that has forced the poetry of England's national poet-playwright to the backs of numerous volumes. Cheney has lofty ambitions, but his goals are largely met." - Jacob Heil, Texas A&M University

List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Note on textsp. xiv
Proem: Shakespeare's "Plaies and Poems"p. 1
The Imprint of Shakespearean Authorship: Prelude: Shakespeare, Cervantes, Petrarchp. 13
The sixteenth-century poet-playwrightp. 17
Francis Meres, the Ovidian poet-playwright, and Shakespeare criticismp. 49
1593-1594: The Print Author Presents Himself: Play scene: "Two Gentlemen" to "Richard III"p. 75
Authorship and acting: plotting Venus and Adonis along the Virgilian pathp. 81
Publishing the show: The Rape of Lucrece as Lucanian counter-epic of empirep. 108
1599-1601: The Author Brought Into Print: Play scene: "Love's Labor's Lost" to "Troilus and Cressida"p. 143
"Tales...coined": "W. Shakespeare" in Jaggard's The Passionate Pilgrimp. 151
"Threne" and "Scene": the author's relics of immortality in "The Phoenix and Turtle"p. 173
1609: Imprinting the Question of Authorship: Play scene: "Measure for Measure" to "Coriolanus"p. 199
"O, let my books be ... dumb presagers": poetry and theatre in the Sonnetsp. 207
"Deep-brain'd sonnets" and "tragic shows": Shakespeare's late Ovidian art in A Lover's Complaintp. 239
Epilogue: Ariel and Autolycus: Shakespeare's counter-laureate authorshipp. 267
Works citedp. 284
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780521839235
ISBN-10: 0521839238
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.66