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.

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.

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 Shakespeare Myth

The Plays as we know them, appeared in the Folio, published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death in 1616. This volume contains thirty-six plays.

Author: Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence

Publisher: Ifaac Laggard, and Ed.Blount

ISBN:

Category: Fiction

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Example in this ebook THE FOLIO OF THE PLAYS, 1623. IT is now universally admitted that the Plays known as Shakespeare's are the greatest "Birth of Time," the most wonderful product of the human mind which the world has ever seen, that they evince the ripest classical scholarship, the most perfect knowledge of Law, and the most intimate acquaintance with all the intricacies of the highest Court life. The Plays as we know them, appeared in the Folio, published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare's death in 1616. This volume contains thirty-six plays. Of this number only eight are substantially in the form in which they were printed in Shakespeare's lifetime. Six are greatly improved. Five are practically rewritten, and seventeen are not known to have been printed before Shakespeare's death, although thirteen plays of similar names are registered or in some way referred to. The following particulars are mainly derived from Reed's "Bacon our Shakespeare," published 1902. The spelling of the first Folio of 1623 has, however, been strictly followed. THE EIGHT WHICH ARE PRINTED IN THE FOLIO SUBSTANTIALLY AS THEY ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE QUARTOS ARE:— 1. Much ado about Nothing. 2. Loves Labour lost. * 3. Midsommer Nights Dreame. 4. The Merchant of Venice. 5. The First part of King Henry the fourth. 6. The Second part of K. Henry the fourth. 7. Romeo and Juliet. 8. The Tragedie of Troylus and Cressida. ** * Note.—The scene of the play is Navarre and one of the characters is Biron. A passport given to Bacon's brother Anthony in 1586 from the court of Navarre, is signed "Biron." (British Museum Add. MS. 4125). ** Note.—This has a new title and a Prologue in the Folio. This extremely learned play which we are told was "never clapper-clawd with the palmes of the vulger.... or sullied with the smoaky breath of the multitude," has recently been shewn by Mrs. Hinton Stewart to be a satire upon the court of King James I. To be continue in this ebook

The Shakespeare Myth

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

Author: Edwin Durning-Lawrence

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 9783752397406

Category: Fiction

Page: 40

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

Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

In The Merchant of Venice Shakespeare interweaves the Golden Fleece myth with the Italian tale, and works in biblical elements. Bassanio and Gratiano compare themselves to Jasons, appropriating the interplay between the myth and ...

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.

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.

Cultural Shakespeare

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

Author: Graham Holderness

Publisher: Univ of Hertfordshire Press

ISBN: UOM:39015054124915

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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

A Myth of Shakespeare

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Author: Charles Williams

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4064066362102

Category: Drama

Page: 76

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"A Myth of Shakespeare" by Charles Williams. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

The Shakespearean Myth William Shakespeare and Circumstantial Evidence

M. Guizot, in his History of England, states the Shakespearean problem in a few words, when he says: "Let us finally mention the great comedian, the great tragedian, the great philosopher, the great poet, who was in his lifetime butcher's ...

Author: Appleton Morgan

Publisher: Library of Alexandria

ISBN: 9781465562845

Category: France

Page: 342

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M. Guizot, in his History of England, states the Shakespearean problem in a few words, when he says: "Let us finally mention the great comedian, the great tragedian, the great philosopher, the great poet, who was in his lifetime butcher's apprentice, poacher, actor, theatrical manager, and whose name is William Shakespeare. In twenty years, amid the duties of his profession, the care of mounting his pieces, of instructing his actors, he composed the thirty-two tragedies and comedies, in verse and prose, rich with an incomparable knowledge of human nature, and an unequaled power of imagination, terrible and comic by turns, profound and delicate, homely and touching, responding to every emotion of the soul, divining all that was beyond the range of his experience and for ever remaining the treasure of the age—all this being accomplished, Shakespeare left the theater and the busy world, at the age of forty-five, to return to Stratford-on-Avon, where lived peacefully in the most modest retirement, writing nothing and never returning to the stage—ignored and unknown if his works had not forever marked out his place in the world—a strange example of an imagination so powerful, suddenly ceasing to produce, and closing, once for all, the door to the efforts of genius."

The Fairy Mythology of Shakespeare

Scarce any one of Shakespeare's plays has had a literary influence so immediate, so widespread, and so enduring. As pictured by Shakespeare, the fairy realm became, almost at once, a convention of literature in which numberless poets ...

Author: Alfred Nutt

Publisher: Ardent Media

ISBN:

Category: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616

Page: 40

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Illustrations of the Fairy Mythology of Shakespeare

Thus , while Lylie reflects light on Shakespeare , the reflection from Shakespeare , in return , throws light upon Lylie ... we have been considering , and the infinite superiority of Shakespeare's over that of his predecessor .

Author: James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000103173963

Category: Fairies

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