Politics, Plague, and Shakespeare's Theater: The Stuart Years

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Cornell University Press, Jan 1, 1991 - Performing Arts - 249 pages
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Shakespeare produced most of his great tragedies during the politically disturbed and plague-filled decade following the accession of James I, a period of formidable difficulties for the London theater. Focusing not upon Shakespeare?s personal biography but upon his professional role as a member of the company of the King?s Servants, Leeds Barroll offers a new narrative about the dramatist?s relationship to the court of King James, as well as the manner and order in which the Stuart plays were composed. Positioned in terms of contemporary critical and historical theory, rich in historical details, and challenging in its implications, Politics, Plague, and Shakespeare's Theatre will be read with interest by scholars and students of Elizabethan drama, theater history, Renaissance studies, and English history.

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