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Shakespeare's resources

By John Drakakis

Shakespeare's resources
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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5785-0
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: November 2021
  • BIC Category: Literature, LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, Theatre Studies, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism

Description

Geoffrey Bullough's The Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare (1957-75) established a vocabulary and a method for linking Shakespeare's plays with a series of texts on which they were thought to be based. Shakespeare's Resources revisits and interrogates the methodology that has prevailed since then and proposes a number of radical departures from Bullough's model. The tacitly accepted linear model of 'source' and 'influence' that critics and scholars have wrestled with is here reconceptualised as a dynamic process in which texts interact and generate meanings that domesticated versions of intertextuality do not adequately account for. The investigation uncovers questions of exactly how Shakespeare 'read', what he read, the practical conditions in which narratives were encountered, and how he re-deployed earlier versions that he had used in his later work.

Contents

Introduction
1 The legacy of Geoffrey Bullough
2 Myths of origin
3 Textual economies
4 Trafficking in intertextuality
5 The nature of con-text
6 From formula to text: Theatre, form, meme and reciprocity
7 The Thorello Plays: Shakespeare, Jonson and the circulation of theatrical ideas
8 Shakespeare as resource
Conclusion - The elephant in the graveyard
Bibliography
Index

Author

John Drakakis is Emeritus Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling

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