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Shakespeare 1609: "Cymbeline" and "the Sonnets" By Richard Danson Brown

Shakespeare 1609: "Cymbeline" and "the Sonnets"
by Richard Danson Brown

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How has Shakespeare been interpreted since his death? How can we explain the posthumous fame that surrounds his name? This textbook considers these questions through case studies of two texts that appeared in about 1609 - "Cymbeline" as a play and "The Sonnets" as a Quarto volume.
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Shakespeare 1609: "Cymbeline" and "the Sonnets" by Richard Danson Brown

How has Shakespeare been interpreted since his death in 1616? How are we to explain the posthumous fame that surrounds the name "Shakespeare"? This textbook considers these questions through case studies of two texts that appeared in about 1609 - "Cymbeline", as a play on the London stage, and "The Sonnets" as a Quarto volume. As well as being roughly contemporaneous, these texts have been received more ambiguously than the majority of the Shakesperean canon. "Cymbeline" has been widely neglected, while the current fame of Shakespeare's sonnets was not anticipated by the 17th-century reading public, who largely ignored the volume. This study looks at these works and considers their generic distinctiveness, their complex representations of sexuality, and the varied ways in which they have been received by subsequent generations. It includes key secondary readings from influential critics.

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Table of Contents


Part I "Cymbeline": a reception history of "Cymbeline"; the generic instability of "Cymbeline"; close reading of the play - Britain for Britons; close reading of the play - sexuality and gender. Part II Fearful meditations - reading Shakespeare's sonnets: the history of Shakespeare's sonnets; "Scorn Not the Sonnet"; sonnet reading; "The Master Mistress of my Passion". Part III Primary and secondary readings - "Cymbeline": the first volume of chronicles, R. Holinshed; the description and history of Scotland, R. Holinshed; "The Decameron", G. Boccaccio; Frederyke of Jennen, Anon; appendices A-C from "Gender in Play on the Shakespearean Stage", M. Shapiro; "Philaster", or "Love Lies a Bleeding", F. Beaumont & J. Fletcher; foreword to "Cymbeline Refinished - A Variation on Shakespeare's Ending", G. Bernard Shaw; suffocating mothers - fantasies of maternal origin in shakespeare's plays, J. Adelman; the masculine romance of Roman Britain - "Cymbeline" and early modern English nationalism, J. Mikalachki. Primary and secondary readings - "The Sonnets": "One Day I Wrote her Name Upon the Strand", Spenser; "Pace non trovo", Petrarch; "I Find no Peace", Wyatt; "Loving in Truth", Sidney; "As in Some Countries", Drayton; "From Languishing", Spenser; homosexual desire in Shakespeare's England, B.R. Smith; the "art" of Shakespeare's sonnets, H. Vendler; dramatic personae in Shakespeare's sonnets, T.W. Herbert; captive victors - Shakespeare's narrative poems and sonnets, H. Dubrow; "Death be not Proud", J. Donne.

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GOR003656935
Shakespeare 1609: "Cymbeline" and "the Sonnets" by Richard Danson Brown
Richard Danson Brown
Shakespeare
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Palgrave Macmillan
2000-05-09
176
0333913221
9780333913222
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