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Shakespeare and the popular voice / Annabel Patterson.

  • Author

    Patterson, Annabel M.,

  • Date published

    1989

  • Publisher

    Oxford : Basil Blackwell, 1989.

  • Subject

    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Political and social views.

    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Criticism and interpretation.

    Politics and literature England History

    Literature and society England History 17th century

  • Accession number

    83270760

  • Class

    65.08/PAT

  • ISBN

    0631168729, 0631168737 (pbk.)

  • Language

    English

  • Physical description

    vii,195 p. ; 23 cm.

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Annabel Patterson challenges the common opinion that Shakespeare was anti-democratic, contemptuous of the crowd and an unfailing supporter of the Elizabethan social hierarchy. She argues that this view originated in the 19thcentury and was rendered influential, especially by Coleridge, as a part of anti-Jacobin propaganda; and that in reality, Shakespeare engaged in a rigorous critique of his society, which is given fullest expression in "Coriolanus". Using unread or under-interpreted contemporary documents and situating her analysis in relation to the most recent theories of popular culture and popular protest, Annabel Patterson offers an account of seven plays, from "Henry VI, part 2" to "The Tempest"., Acknowledgements ; Foreword ; 1. Caviar or the General: Hamlet and the Popular Theater 2. the Peasant's Toe: Popular Culture and Popular Pressure 3. Bottom's Up: Festive Theory 4. Back by popular demand: the two versions of Henry V 5. `What Matter who's speaking?' Hamlet and King Lear 6. `Speak, speak!' the popular voice and the Jacobean state 7. `Thought is Free': The Tempest ; Notes Index.