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Shakespeare the Craftsman

Shakespeare the Craftsman
The Clark Lectures 1968

Volume 5

  • Date Published: September 1979
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521295291

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  • Professor Bradbrook's Shakespeare the Craftsman was first given as the Clark Lectures in 1968 at Cambridge. Her purposes in the book that followed are twofold: to trace 'the descent of Shakespeare's art from the popular medieval tradition, especially from the religious drama of the Craft cycles'; and to indicate how his craftsmanship was often a response to some immediate demand - a new actor, a new stage or some specific occasion. The Merry Wives of Windsor, for instance, came of a Royal Command. There are chapters about Burbage and the Globe Theatre, and about Robert Armin, the 'new clown', and his part in Twelfth Night. Other chapters deal with Julius Caesar, Hamlet and the revenge play, and the pageant of Timon of Athens.

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    • Date Published: September 1979
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521295291
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.26kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates Part I. Introduction
    Part II. A Craftsman's Theatre: from Mystery to Chronicle:
    1. From pageant to play
    2. The English history play
    3. Shakespeare's epilogue
    Part III. Shakespeare's Guild of Players:
    4. James Burbage, founder of the theatre
    5. Shakespeare's choice
    6. Shews at the Globe
    7. The later history
    Part IV. The New Clown: Twelfth Night:
    8. Robert Armin
    9. Twelfth Night and the reign of fortune
    10. Armin's later career
    Part V. Royal Command: The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Part VI. The lives of the noble Romans: Julius Caesar and other Roman histories
    Part VII. Old Things Made New: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark:
    11. The older Hamlet plays
    12. The new revenge plays
    13. The later Hamlets
    Part VIII. Blackfriars: The Pageant of Timon of Athens
    Notes.

  • Author

    M. C. Bradbrook

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