Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 27, 2005 - Business & Economics - 184 pages
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Douglas Bruster's provocative study of English Renaissance drama explores its links with Elizabethan and Jacobean economy and society, looking at the status of playwrights such as Shakespeare and the establishment of commercial theatres. He identifies in the drama a materialist vision which has its origins in the climate of uncertainty engendered by the rapidly expanding economy of London. His examples range from the economic importance of cuckoldry to the role of stage props as commodities, and the commercial significance of the Troy story in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, and he offers new ways of reading English Renaissance drama, by returning the theatre and the plays performed there, to its basis in the material world.
  

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Contents

Drama and the age
12
City comedy and the materialist vision
29
cuckoldry and capital
47
identity and commodity Elizabethan
63
Othello to Bartholomew Fair
81
Troilus and Cressida Troynovant
97
Notes
118
References
145
Index
160
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Douglas Bruster is Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, USA. He is the author of Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare; Quoting Shakespeare; Shakespeare and the Question of Culture; and, with Robert Weimann, Prologues to Shakespeare's Theatre.