This study grows out of the intersection of two realms of scholarly investigation - the emerging public sphere in early modern England and the history of the book. Shakespeare's Reading Audiences examines the ways in which different communities - humanist, legal, religious and political - would have interpreted Shakespeare's plays and poems, whether printed or performed. Cyndia Susan Clegg begins by analysing elite reading clusters associated with the Court, the universities, and the Inns of Court and how their interpretation of Shakespeare's Sonnets and Henry V arose from their reading of Italian humanists. She concludes by examining how widely held public knowledge about English history both affected Richard II's reception and how such knowledge was appropriated by the State. She also considers The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V, and Othello from the point of view of audience members conversant in popular English legal writing and Macbeth from the perspective of popular English Calvinism.Read more
- Expands our understanding of reading cultures to include not just elites but a variety of reading audiences and experiences
- Combines recent scholarship on reading, literacy, print culture and the public sphere
- Considers Shakespeare's work from the perspective of his own contemporary audiences
Not yet reviewed
Be the first to review
Review was not posted due to profanity×
- Date Published: July 2017
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107190641
- length: 226 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Audiences and reading
2. Reading Italian humanism: elite literary coteries and Shakespeare's sonnets
3. Reading Italian humanism: elite political coteries and Henry V
4. Reading law: popular legal treatises and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V and Othello
5. Reading religion: Macbeth and the calvinist drama of discernment
6. Reading politics: history, Richard II, and the public sphere.
Sorry, this resource is locked
Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email email@example.comRegister Sign in
You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.Continue ×
Are you sure you want to delete your account?
This cannot be undone.
Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.
If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.×