Stage-Wrights: Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, and the Making of Theatrical Value
University of Pennsylvania Press, Incorporated, 29. 5. 1997 - Počet stran: 232
To many of their contemporaries, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Thomas Middleton were little more than artisanal craftsmen, "stage-wrights" who wrote plays for money, to be performed in common playhouses and in a manner often antithetical to what Jonson himself viewed as the higher calling of poetry. In response to the conflicting pressures of censorship and commercialism, Paul Yachnin contends, players and dramatists alike had promulgated the idea of drama's irrelevance, creating a recreational theater that failed to influence its audience in any purposeful way.
In Stage-Wrights Yachnin shows how Shakespeare, Jonson, and Middleton struggled to reclaim not only the importance of their art, but their own social legitimacy as well as through the reshaping of the commercial theater. His bold readings of their works unveil the strategies by which they sought power from their privileged but powerless position on the margins. Adopting a hermeneutical approach, he explores a wide range of historical evidence to describe how English Renaissance drama depicted the world in ways refracted by the interests of the playing companies; throughout, he challenges recent historicist models that have overrated the importance of dramatic productions to society and its institutions of authority.
Paul Yachnin offers a new way of understanding dramatic texts in relation to their social history. In showing how the efforts of three playwrights helped shape the area of discourse we now call "the literary," Stage-Wrights represents both a major rereading of the place of theater in Shakespeare's London and an important clarification of the social context of contemporary criticism.
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In order to be able to legitimate their work as commercial playwrights ,
Shakespeare , Jonson , and Middleton had somehow to change how theater
meant ; they had to reinscribe dramatic discourse in some interpretive field or in
terms of some ...
To begin to get a more detailed idea of the complexity of that field , let us consider
representative passages from the plays that are of principal concern here . The
first is from Hamlet : Seems , madam ? nay , it is , I know not " seems . ” * Tis not ...
The legitimating strategy of Marlovian drama consists in this to - and - fro
movement between the private field's claims to transcendence and the public
field's limitation of heroic energy . C. L. Barber explains that “ Tamburlaine is a
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