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Reassessing Shakespeare as a poet and dramatist, Patrick Cheney contests critical preoccupation with Shakespeare as "a man of the theatre" by reclaiming his original standing as an early modern author. Cheney considers him as a working dramatist who composed extraordinary poems and traces Shakespeare's literary origins to his favorite author, Ovid. Although the book concentrates on Shakespeare's poems, it makes frequent reference to the plays, and ranges widely through the work of other Renaissance writers.Read more
- Presents a comprehensive approach to Shakespeare's professional career, both his poems and his plays, within a nationalist setting
- Includes an inset study of Shakespeare's poems
- Includes a sustained analysis of Shakespeare's literary relations with his contemporary authors Edmund Spenser and Christopher Marlowe and also with classical authors Ovid and Virgil
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"Patrick Cheney's Shakespeare, National Poet-Playwright is a remarkable book."
Jeanne A. Roberts, The Spenser ReviewSee more reviews
"Poet-Playwright introduces and illustrates the pertinence of the dyadic Ovidian model of authorship in the 'inter-textual intercourse' between Shakespeare's plays and poems. The author challenges the nearly 400 years of Shakespearean editing that has forced the poetry of England's national poet-playwright to the backs of numerous volumes. Cheney has lofty ambitions, but his goals are largely met." - Jacob Heil, Texas A&M University
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- Date Published: August 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521072250
- length: 336 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.49kg
- contains: 6 b/w illus. 2 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Note on texts
Proem: Shakespeare's 'Plaies and Poems'
Part I. The Imprint of Shakespearean Authorship: Prelude: Shakespeare, Cervantes, Petrarch
1. The sixteenth-century poet-playwright
2. Francis Meres, the Ovidian poet-playwright, and Shakespeare criticism
Part II. 1593–1594: The Print Author Presents Himself: Play Scene: 'Two Gentlemen' to 'Richard III'
3. Authorship and acting: plotting Venus and Adonis along the Virgilian path
4. Publishing the show: The Rape of Lucrece as Lucanian counter-epic of empire
Part III. 1599–1601: The Author Brought Into Print: Play Scene: 'Love's Labor's Lost' to 'Troilus and Cressida'
5. 'Tales … coined': 'W. Shakespeare' in Jaggard's The Passionate Pilgrim
6. 'Threne' and 'scene': the author's relics of immortality in 'The Phoenix and Turtle'
Part IV. 1609: Imprinting the Question of Authorship: Play Scene: 'Measure for Measure' to 'Coriolanus'
7. 'O, let my books be … dumb presagers': poetry and theatre in the sonnets
8. 'Deep-brain'd sonnets' and 'tragic shows': Shakespeare's late Ovidian art in A Lover's Complaint
Epilogue. Ariel and Autolycus: Shakespeare's counter-laureate authorship
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