Shakespeare's Festive World: Elizabethan Seasonal Entertainment and the Professional Stage (Paperback)
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Shakespeare's Festive World: Elizabethan Seasonal Entertainment and the Professional Stage (Paperback)

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Paperback 440 Pages / Published: 09/09/1993
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This book offers an exciting new perspective on Shakespeare's relation to popular culture. Shakespeare's plays draw extensively on the events and traditions of Elizabethan festivals and holidays, mingling popular and aristocratic or royal forms of entertainment in ways that combine or clash to produce new meaning, offering surprises which anticipate the Stuart masque. This process evolved from the early, romantic comedies into the late plays which recover the celebrations and patterns of renewal initiated in the 'green world': the values of festivity are inverted in the comedy of misrule, and finally perverted in the darker forms of the history plays and tragedies. Francois Laroque reconstructs the principal events, customs and games of the Elizabethan festive tradition, and reconsiders Shakespeare's technique in this context.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521457866
Number of pages: 440
Weight: 610 g
Dimensions: 226 x 151 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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

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