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Shakespeare's possible worlds / Simon Palfrey.

  • Author

    Palfrey, Simon.,

  • Date published

    2014

  • Publisher

    Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.

  • Subject

    Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 Technique.

    Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 Dramatic production.

    English drama Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 History and criticism

Contents: Part I: 1. Where is the life?; 2. Purposes; 3. Embryologies; 4. Shakespeare the impossible; 5. Popular theatre and possibility; 6. Shakespeare v. actor; 7. Formactions; 8. Playing to the plot; 9. Middleton; 10. Jacobean comi-tragedy; 11. Everyman tyrant; Part II: 12. The monadic playworld; 13. The truth of anachronism; 14. Possible history: Henry IV; 15. Anti-rhetoric; 16. Falstaff; 17. Scenes within scenes; 18. Strange mimesis; 19. How close should we get?; 20. Metaphysics and playworlds; 21. Pyramids of possible worlds; Part III: 22. Perdita's possible lives; 23. A life in scenes; 24. Scene as joke: Much Ado; 25. Buried lives: Macbeth; 26. The rape of Marina; 27. Life at the end of the line: Macbeth; 28. Dying for life: Desdemona; Epilogue: life on the line.