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Shakespeare's liminal spaces

Contesting authority on the early modern stage

By Ben Haworth

Shakespeare's liminal spaces
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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6592-3
  • Pages: 248
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: June 2023
  • BIC Category: Literary studies: c 1400 to c 1600, LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 17th Century, LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance, LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare, Literature & literary studies / Literature: history & criticism, Literature & literary studies / Shakespeare studies & criticism, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800

Description

This engaging study appreciably advances recent critical developments in the way the playwright created his worlds to reflect concurrent cartographic, geopolitical and social anxieties. In seeking to expose the dynamics and fluctuations of power on the stage, Shakespeare's liminal spaces provides a unique set of perspectives through which Shakespeare's forests, battlefields, shores and gardens are revealed as deliberate dramatic devices with the capacity to destabilise social structures. Haworth's nuanced consideration of these spaces reveals that they were ideally suited to the staging of social frictions as he traces the shifting balance of power between opposing ideological standpoints and the internal struggles between an emergent subjectivity and conformity with the centralised authorities of Church and Court.

Contents

Prologue
1. In search of the liminal: The theoretical landscapes of power
2. Between ocean and land: 'The guiled shore to a most dangerous sea'
3. Subversive sylvan settings: Dark humours and the theatrical forest
4. Corrupted Eden: The liminal garden and cultures of resistance
5. Theatres of war: Shakespeare's ideological battlefields
Conclusion

Index

Author

Ben Haworth is a Lecturer of Early Modern Literature at Nottingham Trent University

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