Shakespeare's Theory of Drama

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Cambridge University Press, 1998 M07 23 - 218 pages
Why did Shakespeare write drama? Did he have specific reasons for his choice of this art form? Did he have clearly defined aesthetic aims in what he wanted drama to do--and why? Kiernan opens a new area of debate in showing that Shakespeare rejected many of the theories of his age on poetry, history and art to create an original theory of drama. This lively, readable, but scholarly examination of works from different stages of the dramatist's career explores what Shakespeare wanted his drama to do and why.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Shakespeare and Sidney Two worlds the brazen and the golden
6
Shakespeare and Ovid What strained touches rhetoric can lend poetry metamorphosed in Venus and Adonis and the Sonnets
21
In scorn of nature art gave lifeless life exposing arts sterility The Rape of Lucrece The Winters Tale and The Tempest
59
Oerwrested seeming dramatic illusion and the repudiation of mimesis Loves Labours Lost A Midsummer Nights Dream and Hamlet
91
Thy registers and thee I both defy history challenged Richard III Henry VIII Henry V and Richard II
127
Antony and Cleopatra as A Defence of Drama
154
Notes
191
Bibliography
209
Index
216
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