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Shakespeare's Festive World : Elizabethan Seasonal Entertainment and the Professional Stage - Frangois Laroque

Shakespeare's Festive World

Elizabethan Seasonal Entertainment and the Professional Stage

Paperback Published: 8th November 1993
ISBN: 9780521457866
Number Of Pages: 440

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Francois Laroque's new perspective on Shakespeare's relation to popular culture has quickly become a classic of scholarship. Available now in paperback, the book opens new possibilities for Shakespeare studies, revealing the connections between his plays and the folklore, customs, games, and celebrations of the Elizabethan festive tradition. This acclaimed study shows how Shakespeare mingled popular culture with aristocratic and royal forms of entertainment in ways that combined or clashed to produce new meaning.

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'French scholarship teaches us ample European perspectives for Shakespeare's Renaissance art, and Francois Laroque has the rare ability to move gracefully between the ritual history of theatre and the fine detail of the plays.' Philip Brockbank '[Laroque] has performed a service to the scholarly community in restoring history to the New Historicism. The publication of Shakespere's Festive World is something to celebrate.' London Review of Books 'One of those rare book which teaches us to think like a person of a different culture...A lucid and imaginative book which combines an impressive breadth of knowledge with sensitivity to detail.' Cashiers Elisabethains

List of illustrationsp. x
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
p. 1
Introduction: Festivity during the Elizabethan agep. 3
Festivity and popular beliefs in the Elizabethan agep. 16
Festivity and society in Shakespeare's timep. 32
The calendarp. 74
The cycle of calendary festivalsp. 93
The non-calendary festivalsp. 155
p. 177
Introduction: Some anthropological and historical perspectives on literary analysisp. 179
Festivity and dramatic structure: methodological problemsp. 184
Festivity and time in Shakespeare's playsp. 201
Festivity and society in Shakespeare's playsp. 244
Festivity and its images in Shakespeare's playsp. 264
Othello and the festive traditionsp. 282
Conclusionp. 303
A comparative calendar of pagan and Christian festivals and traditionsp. 306
A calendar of the principal festivals and feast days in Elizabethan Englandp. 308
The popular, agricultural and legal calendarsp. 309
Notesp. 310
Bibliographyp. 390
Indexp. 413
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ISBN: 9780521457866
ISBN-10: 0521457866
Series: European Studies in English Literature
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 8th November 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.63 x 15.14  x 2.41
Weight (kg): 0.61

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