30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

Offering a highly engaging narrative, 30 Great Myths about Shakespeare covers the big issues that excite the popular imagination around the man, the theater, and the texts of Shakespeare.

Author: Laurie Maguire

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470658505

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Think you know Shakespeare? Think again . . . Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? Were Shakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we really know about the playwright's life? And what of his notorious relationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popular myths about the great playwright, this illuminating new book evaluates all the evidence to show how historical material—or its absence—can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and what this reveals about our own personal investment in the stories we tell.

Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance

This collection of scholarly essays offers a new understanding of local and global myths that have been constructed around Shakespeare in theatre, cinema, and television from the nineteenth century to the present.

Author: Aneta Mancewicz

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319898513

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

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This collection of scholarly essays offers a new understanding of local and global myths that have been constructed around Shakespeare in theatre, cinema, and television from the nineteenth century to the present. Drawing on a definition of myth as a powerful ideological narrative, Local and Global Myths in Shakespearean Performance examines historical, political, and cultural conditions of Shakespearean performances in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. The first part of this volume offers a theoretical introduction to Shakespeare as myth from a twenty-first century perspective. The second part critically evaluates myths of linguistic transcendence, authenticity, and universality within broader European, neo-liberal, and post-colonial contexts. The study of local identities and global icons in the third part uncovers dynamic relationships between regional, national, and transnational myths of Shakespeare. The fourth part revises persistent narratives concerning a political potential of Shakespeare’s plays in communist and post-communist countries. Finally, part five explores the influence of commercial and popular culture on Shakespeare myths. Michael Dobson’s Afterword concludes the volume by locating Shakespeare within classical mythology and contemporary concerns.

The Mysterious William Shakespeare

Discusses the theory that the works of Shakespeare were actually written by the Earl of Oxford

Author: Charlton Ogburn

Publisher: Epm Publications Incorporated

ISBN: IND:32000007475140

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 892

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Discusses the theory that the works of Shakespeare were actually written by the Earl of Oxford

Shakespeare and Elizabeth

Shakespeare and Elizabeth is the first book to explore the rich history of invented encounters between the poet and the Queen, and examines how and why the mythology of these two charismatic and enduring cultural icons has been intertwined ...

Author: Helen Hackett

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400830541

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Did William Shakespeare ever meet Queen Elizabeth I? There is no evidence of such a meeting, yet for three centuries writers and artists have been provoked and inspired to imagine it. Shakespeare and Elizabeth is the first book to explore the rich history of invented encounters between the poet and the Queen, and examines how and why the mythology of these two charismatic and enduring cultural icons has been intertwined in British and American culture. Helen Hackett follows the history of meetings between Shakespeare and Elizabeth through historical novels, plays, paintings, and films, ranging from well-known works such as Sir Walter Scott's Kenilworth and the film Shakespeare in Love to lesser known but equally fascinating examples. Raising intriguing questions about the boundaries separating scholarship and fiction, Hackett looks at biographers and critics who continue to delve into links between the queen and the poet. In the Shakespeare authorship controversy there have even been claims that Shakespeare was Elizabeth's secret son or lover, or that Elizabeth herself was the genius Shakespeare. Hackett uncovers the reasons behind the lasting appeal of their combined reputations, and she locates this interest in their enigmatic sexual identities, as well as in the ways they represent political tensions and national aspirations. Considering a wealth of examples, Shakespeare and Elizabeth shows how central this double myth is to both elite and popular culture in Britain and the United States, and how vibrantly it is reshaped in different eras.

Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

This volume proposes new insights into the uses of classical mythology by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, focusing on interweaving processes in early modern appropriations of myth.

Author: Janice Valls-Russell

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9781526117717

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

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This volume proposes new insights into the uses of classical mythology by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, focusing on interweaving processes in early modern appropriations of myth. Its 11 essays show how early modern writing intertwines diverse myths and plays with variant versions of individual myths that derive from multiple classical sources, as well as medieval, Tudor and early modern retellings and translations. Works discussed include poems and plays by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and others. Essays concentrate on specific plays including The Merchant of Venice and Dido Queen of Carthage, tracing interactions between myths, chronicles, the Bible and contemporary genres. Mythological figures are considered to demonstrate how the weaving together of sources deconstructs gendered representations. New meanings emerge from these readings, which open up methodological perspectives on multi-textuality, artistic appropriation and cultural hybridity.

The Myth of Rome in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

In this book Chernaik demonstrates how, in these plays, Roman values are held up to critical scrutiny.

Author: Warren Chernaik

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139499965

Category: Literary Criticism

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When Cleopatra expresses a desire to die 'after the high Roman fashion', acting in accordance with 'what's brave, what's noble', Shakespeare is suggesting that there are certain values that are characteristically Roman. The use of the terms 'Rome' and 'Roman' in Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra or Jonson's Sejanus often carry the implication that most people fail to live up to this ideal of conduct, that very few Romans are worthy of the name. In this book Chernaik demonstrates how, in these plays, Roman values are held up to critical scrutiny. The plays of Shakespeare, Jonson, Massinger and Chapman often present a much darker image of Rome, as exemplifying barbarism rather than civility. Through a comparative analysis of the Roman plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and including detailed discussion of the classical historians Livy, Tacitus and Plutarch, this study examines the uses of Roman history - 'the myth of Rome' - in Shakespeare's age.

30 Great Myths about Shakespeare

Myths abound about Shakespeare in part because of half-remembered or out-of-date scholarship from schooldays, because Shakespeare the man is such an elusive ...

Author: Laurie Maguire

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118324875

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Think you know Shakespeare? Think again . . . Was a real skull used in the first performance of Hamlet? Were Shakespeare's plays Elizabethan blockbusters? How much do we really know about the playwright's life? And what of his notorious relationship with his wife? Exploring and exploding 30 popular myths about the great playwright, this illuminating new book evaluates all the evidence to show how historical material—or its absence—can be interpreted and misinterpreted, and what this reveals about our own personal investment in the stories we tell.

Shakespeare Jonson and the Myth of Venice

This work outlines the bright and dark sides of the Myth of Venice, dwelling on four aspects: Venice the Rich, Venice the Wise, Venice the Just, and Venezia-citta-galante.

Author: David C. McPherson

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015021879286

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 157

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This work outlines the bright and dark sides of the Myth of Venice, dwelling on four aspects: Venice the Rich, Venice the Wise, Venice the Just, and Venezia-citta-galante. After describing the channels through which Shakespeare and Jonson could have become aware of this myth, this work uses it to generate new understandings of the Merchant of Venice, Othello, and Volpone.

The Shakespeare Myth

Stratford, to which Shakespeare was sent in 1597, was at that period much farther from London for all practical purposes than Canada is to-day, ...

Author: Edwin Durning-Lawrence

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752343069

Category: Fiction

Page: 40

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Reproduction of the original: The Shakespeare Myth by Edwin Durning-Lawrence

Myth Ritual and Shakespeare

This Book Examines The Theory And Practice Of `Myth And Ritual Criticism`.

Author: Rajiva Verma

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:B3838508

Category: Myth in literature

Page: 227

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This Book Examines The Theory And Practice Of `Myth And Ritual Criticism`. The Subjects Discussed Are The Ideology Of Myth And Myth Criticism And The Relation Of Drama To Scapegoat Rituals, Rites Of Passage And Carnival And Other Festivities.

The Shakespeare and Myth

Many works of historical writers and scientists are available today as antiques only. Hansebooks newly publishes these books and contributes to the preservation of literature which has become rare and historical knowledge for the future.

Author: James Appleton Morgan

Publisher:

ISBN: 3337197876

Category:

Page: 372

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The Shakespeare and myth - William Shakespeare and circumstantial evidence is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1886. Hansebooks is editor of the literature on different topic areas such as research and science, travel and expeditions, cooking and nutrition, medicine, and other genres. As a publisher we focus on the preservation of historical literature. Many works of historical writers and scientists are available today as antiques only. Hansebooks newly publishes these books and contributes to the preservation of literature which has become rare and historical knowledge for the future.

Was the Shakespeare After All a Myth

I have long believed that Shakespeare , according to the world's acceptation of
the Divine William , ” is a myth -- a phantasm -- and that , possessing a bright
mind , he simply absorbed , refined down and finished the coarser labors of other
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Author: John Watts De Peyster

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B483748

Category:

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Cultural Shakespeare

Contains essays on Shakespeare published in books and journals between 1985 and 1997.

Author: Graham Holderness

Publisher: Univ of Hertfordshire Press

ISBN: 1902806115

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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Contains essays on Shakespeare published in books and journals between 1985 and 1997.