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The Dramatist and the Received Idea - Sanders

The Dramatist and the Received Idea

By: Sanders

Paperback Published: 14th July 1980
ISBN: 9780521298001
Number Of Pages: 400

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Dr Sanders' book grew out of uneasiness over commonly accepted ways of talking about Elizabethan literature. Phrases like 'world picture', 'received ideas' are so easily used that we bypass important questions: A picture of whose word? Ideas received by whom? and in what way? The heart of Dr Sanders' book is a critical account of seven plays by Marlowe and Shakespeare (The Massacre at Paris, The Jew of Malta, Edward II, Dr Faustus, Richard II, Richard III and Macbeth). In his examination, Dr Sanders is at pains to analyse the nature of the intellectual and cultural environment in which the plays were written, to define the ways in which this environment influenced Marlowe and Shakespeare and thus to come to a full understanding of the manner in which a work of art can be simultaneously 'of an age' and 'for all time'.

'This long book achieves real consonance. In the discussion of the history-plays, and of Marlowe especially, it finally closes one chapter and opens another; the excellent studies of Doctor Faustus and of Macbeth must be read by all those who find criticism useful at all. This is an ipressive book, an example of the best that is nowadays done in its kind.' Modern Language Quarterly 'Mr Sanders writes intelligently, and his aim, to reconcile historical and purely critical approaches to the drama, is splendid.' Review of English Studies

A note on editions
Preface
Literature as history: with some questions about 'historical imagination'
Dramatist as jingoist: The Massacre at Paris
Dramatist as realist: the Jew of Malta
Machiavelli and the crisis of Renaissance political consciousness
Providence and policy in Richard III
Providence and history in Elizabethan thought
History without morality: Edward II
Shakespearean history: critique of 'Elizabethan policy'
Shakespeare's political agnosticism: Richard II
Supernature and demonism in Elizabethan thought
The new wine and the old bottles: Doctor Faustus
Marlowe and the Calvinist doctrine of reprobation
'An unknown fear': The Tragedie of Macbeth
Macbeth and the theology of evil
Artist and ethos
Appendices
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521298001
ISBN-10: 0521298008
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 14th July 1980
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.51