hamlets moment drama and political knowledge in early modern england

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Hamlet S Moment

Author : Andras Kisery
ISBN : 9780198746201
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Although we take for granted that drama was crucial to the political culture of Renaissance England, we rarely consider one of its most basic functions, namely, that it helped large audiences to understand what politics was. This book suggests that in this moment before newspapers, drama as a form of popular entertainment familiarized its audience with the profession of politics, with kinds of knowledge that were necessary for survival and advancement in politicalcareers. Shakespeare's Hamlet is particularly interested in these issues: in the coming and going of ambassadors, and in the question of the succession and of the conflict with Norway. Plays writtenby Ben Jonson, John Marston, George Chapman, and others in the following years shared a similar focus, inviting the public to imagine what it meant to have a political career. In doing so, they turned politics into a topic of sociable conversation, which people could use to impress others.

Hamlet S Moment

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Although we take for granted that drama was crucial to the political culture of Renaissance England, we rarely consider one of its most basic functions, namely, that it helped large audiences to understand what politics was. This book suggests that in this moment before newspapers, drama as a form of popular entertainment familiarized its audience with the profession of politics, with kinds of knowledge that were necessary for survival and advancement in politicalcareers. Shakespeare's Hamlet is particularly interested in these issues: in the coming and going of ambassadors, and in the question of the succession and of the conflict with Norway. Plays writtenby Ben Jonson, John Marston, George Chapman, and others in the following years shared a similar focus, inviting the public to imagine what it meant to have a political career. In doing so, they turned politics into a topic of sociable conversation, which people could use to impress others.

I Know Not Why I Am So Sad

Author : Andrew Nicholas Daniel
ISBN : UCAL:C3508888
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This dissertation argues that melancholy's unusual cultural prestige in early modern England (and its ghostly return as melancholia within Freudian psychoanalysis) are the result of a founding, and generative, indeterminacy: the conflict between its diagnostic definition as a pathological imbalance in Galenic medicine and the pseudo-Aristotelian understanding of genial melancholy as a divine gift of artistic inspiration. Caught between these equally authoritative but mutually incompatible rationales, melancholy overproduces cultural meanings. The first chapter examines Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver's miniature portraits, and argues that melancholy amounts to a kind of immanently legible posture, albeit one whose possible meanings exceed its material support in the body. Three central chapters on drama examine the evolution in complexity of William Shakespeare's representations of melancholy in Love's Labour's Lost, The Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet. Deflating melancholy pretension, Love's Labour's Lost develops a gendered opposition between comically false male affectation and fatally authentic female affect. Soliciting interpretation while avoiding any clear resolution, Antonio's melancholy in The Merchant of Venice functions as a kind of rhetorical bottleneck through which other registers (of sexual, economic, and religious meaning) can be hinted at but also evaded. Teasing at a meaning conveniently out of reach, Hamlet's gesture towards an encrypted "that within which passeth show" epitomizes the generative indeterminacy of melancholy representation, but the dramatic experience of the play moves beyond such subjective feints. Hamlet produces shared perceptions (seeing ghost visions, hearing asides) that transform melancholy from a private affliction into a communal task of diagnostic interpretation and ethical witnessing, re-thinking melancholy as a social and discursive phenomenon. In a concluding chapter, Robert Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy and the Arcades Project of Walter Benjamin are read together as meditations upon the limits of scholarly knowledge, and as formal expressions of a structural melancholy that resists closure and defers completion. This dissertation traces the transmission, elevation, apotheosis and decline of a particularly malleable cultural stereotype, tracking the proliferation of melancholy from its conflicted origins in medicine and classical philosophy as it entered and transformed the culture of early modern England, and anticipated Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic account of melancholia.

Arras Hanging

Author : Rebecca Olson
ISBN : 9781611494693
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Textiles have long provided metaphors for storytelling: a compelling novel “weaves a tapestry” and we enjoy hearing someone “spin” a tale. To what extent, however, should we take these metaphors seriously? Arras Hanging: The Textile That Determined Early Modern Literature and Drama reveals that in the early modern period, when cloth-making was ubiquitous and high-quality tapestries called arras hangings were the most valuable objects in England, such metaphors were literal. The arras in particular provided a narrative model for writers such as Edmund Spenser and William Shakespeare, who exploited their audience’s familiarity with weaving to engage them in highly idiosyncratic and “hands on” ways. Specifically, undescribed or “blank” tapestries in the period’s fiction presented audiences with opportunities to “see” whatever they desired, and thus weave themselves into the story. Far more than background objects, literary and dramatic arras hangings have much to teach us about the intersections between texts and textiles at the dawn of print, and, more broadly, about the status of visual art in post-Reformation England.

Hamlet Webster S French Thesaurus Edition

Author : William Shakespeare
ISBN : 0546412963
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Webster's edition of this classic is organized to expose the reader to a maximum number of difficult and potentially ambiguous English words. Rare or idiosyncratic words and expressions are given lower priority compared to "difficult, yet commonly used" words. Rather than supply a single translation, many words are translated for a variety of meanings in French, allowing readers to better grasp the ambiguity of English, and avoid using the notes as a pure translation crutch. Having the reader decipher a word's meaning within context serves to improve vocabulary retention and understanding. Each page covers words not already highlighted on previous pages. If a difficult word is not translated on a page, chances are that it has been translated on a previous page.

The Saturday Review Of Politics Literature Science And Art

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Hamlet Without Hamlet

Author : Margreta de Grazia
ISBN : 9780521870252
Genre : Literary Criticism
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