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Shakespeare, Popularity and the Public Sphere (Hardback)
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Shakespeare, Popularity and the Public Sphere (Hardback)

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Hardback 218 Pages / Published: 16/01/2017
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In late Elizabethan England, political appeals to the people were considered dangerously democratic, even seditious: the commons were supposed to have neither political voice nor will. Yet such appeals happened so often that the regime coined the word 'popularity' to condemn the pursuit of popular favor. Jeffrey S. Doty argues that in plays from Richard II to Coriolanus, Shakespeare made the tactics of popularity - and the wider public they addressed - vital aspects of politics. Shakespeare figured the public not as an extension of the royal court, but rather as a separate entity that, like the Globe's spectators who surrounded the fictional princes on its thrust stage, subjected their rulers to relentless scrutiny. For ordinary playgoers, Shakespeare's plays offered good practice for understanding the means and ends of popularity - and they continue to provide insight to the public relations strategies that have come to define modern political culture.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107163379
Number of pages: 218
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 235 x 160 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This intelligent, lucid, and very well documented book will prove nonetheless an indispensable work for all further thinking on this issue of overriding importance for Shakespeareans.' Chris Fitter, Notes and Queries
'... an engaging approach to the intersection of politics, publicity, and popularity in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth century England, illustrating the way these notions are portrayed and put into action in six plays by William Shakespeare.' Alejandro Garcia-Reidy, Bulletin of the Comediantes
'This intelligent, lucid, and very well documented book will prove nonetheless an indispensable work for all further thinking on this issue of overriding importance for Shakespeareans.' Chris Fitter, Notes and Queries
'... an engaging approach to the intersection of politics, publicity, and popularity in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth century England, illustrating the way these notions are portrayed and put into action in six plays by William Shakespeare.' Alejandro Garcia-Reidy, Bulletin of the Comediantes

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