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Shakespeare and the Politics of Commoners : Digesting the New Social History (Hardcover)

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Shakespeare and the Politics of Commoners is a highly original contribution to our understanding of Shakespeare's plays. It breaks important new ground in introducing readers, lay and scholarly alike, to the existence and character of the political culture of the mass of ordinary commoners in Shakespeare's England, as revealed by the recent findings of 'the new social history'. The volume thereby helps to challenge the traditional myths of a non-political commons and a culture of obedience. It also brings together leading Shakespeareans, who digest recent social history, with eminent early modern social historians, who turn their focus on Shakespeare. This genuinely cross-disciplinary approach generates fresh readings of over ten of Shakespeare's plays and locates the impress on Shakespearean drama of popular political thought and pressure in this period of perceived crisis. The volume is unique in engaging and digesting the dramatic importance of the discoveries of the new social history, thereby resituating and revaluing Shakespeare within the social depth of politics.
Number of Pages: 264
Genre: Literary Criticism, Literary Collections
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
Language: English
Street Date: September 27, 2017
TCIN: 52911541
UPC: 9780198806899
Item Number (DPCI): 248-49-0516
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