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The purpose of playing : Shakespeare and the cultural politics of the Elizabethan theatre / Louis Montrose.

  • Author

    Montrose, Louis Adrian

  • Date published

    1996

  • Publisher

    Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, [1996].

  • Subject

    Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 Stage history To 1625.

    Shakespeare, William 1564-1616 Political and social views.

    Theater Political aspects England History 16th century

Contents: pt. 1. Drama, Theatre, Society, and the State: Form and Pressure. I. The Reformation of Playing. II. A Theatre of Changes. III. Anatomies of Playing. IV. The Theatre, the City, and the Crown. V. From the Stage to the State. VI. The Power of Personation. VII. The Cross-Purposes of Playing -- pt. 2. The Shaping Fantasies of A Midsummer Night's Dream. VIII. The Discord of This Concord. IX. Stories of the Night. X. The Imperial Votaress. XI. Bottom's Dream -- Epilogue: A Kingdom of Shadows.