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Titel: Shakespeare's Theatre of War.
Verlag: Ashgate, Aldershot
Zustand: Very Good
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
296p first edition hardback, excellent condition with black and red illustrated dustjacket showing only very minor shelfwear otherwise as new. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PAB 169074
Inhaltsangabe: The period betwen 1585 (when Elizabeth formally committed her military support to the Dutch wars against Spain) and 1604 (when James at last brought it to an end) was one in which English life was preoccupied by the menace and actuality of war. The same period spans English drama's coming of age, from "Tamburlaine" to "Hamlet". In this thought-provoking book, Nick de Somogyi draws on a wide range of contemporary military literature (news-letters and war treatises, maps and manuals), to demonstrate how deeply wartime experience influenced the production and reception of Elizabethan theatre. In a series of vivid parallels, the roles of soldier and actor, the setting of battlefield and stage, and the context of playhouse and muster are shown to have been rooted in the common experience of war. The local armoury served as a props department; the stage as a military lecture-hall. News from the front line has always been shrouded in the fog of war. Shakespeare's Rumour is here seen as kindred to such equally dubious messengers as his Armado, Falstaff or Pistol; soldiers have always told tall tales, military ghost-stories that are here shown to have seeped into such narratives as "The Spanish Tragedy" and "Henry V". This book concludes with a sustained account of "Hamlet", a play which both dramatizes the Elizabethan context of war-fever, and embodies in its three variant texts the war and peace that shaped its production. By affording scrutiny to each of its title's components, "Shakespeare's Theatre of War" provides a compelling argument for reassessing the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries within the enduring context of the military culture and wartime experience of his age.
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