Art Imitates Business: Commercial and Political Influences in Elizabethan Theatre

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Popular Press, Jan 1, 1993 - History - 298 pages
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Purposes other than literary and artistic ones motivated the theatre of the late sixteenth century, especially in England. Freeing itself from dependence upon performances at Court or in the houses of aristocratic patrons, the theatre was becoming an entertainment buisness, seeking to please the tastes of a wide audience.

  

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Contents

Have We Allowed His Tales to Wag the Man?
49
Why Boys for woMens Roles?
71
Shakespeares Dramatic Joke
101
The Mole in Shakespeares Company
121
The Very Human Shylock
139
Ben Jonsons The Isle of Dogs
167
Extortion in the Name of Art
191
Eddies of the Essex Episode
205
Observations
231
Works Cited Consulted
279
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