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Shakespeare and the Mannerist Tradition: A Reading of Five Problem Plays By Jean-Pierre Maquerlot (Universite de Rouen)

Shakespeare and the Mannerist Tradition: A Reading of Five Problem Plays
by Jean-Pierre Maquerlot (Universite de Rouen)

In this 2005 book, Shakespeare's so-called 'problem plays' are examined as experiments in the Mannerist style.
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Shakespeare and the Mannerist Tradition: A Reading of Five Problem Plays Summary


This 1996 book offers an original approach to Shakespeare's so-called 'problem plays' by contending that they can be viewed as experiments in the Mannerist style. The plays reappraised here are Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure. How can a term used to define a movement in art history be made relevant to theatrical analysis? Maquerlot shows how famous painters of sixteenth-century Italy cultivated structural ambiguity or dissonance in reaction to the classical canons of the High Renaissance. Close readings of Shakespeare's plays, from the period 1599 to 1604, reveal intriguing analogies with Mannerist art and the dramatist's response to Elizabethan formalism. Maquerlot concludes by examining Othello, which marks the end of Shakespeare's Mannerist experiments, and the less equivocal use of artifice in his late romances.

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Sku
GOR008387124
Title
Shakespeare and the Mannerist Tradition: A Reading of Five Problem Plays
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Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year published
Number of pages
212
ISBN 10
0521410835
ISBN 13
9780521410830
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