Service and Dependency in Shakespeares Plays by Judith WeilService and Dependency in Shakespeares Plays by Judith Weil

Service and Dependency in Shakespeares Plays

byJudith Weil

Paperback | February 5, 2009

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Considering the close associations of service and patronage with childhood or youth, marriage and friendship, Judith Weil sheds new light on social practice and dramatic action in Shakespeare's plays. Approached as dynamic explorations of a familiar custom, the plays demonstrate a surprising consciousness of obligations, and fascination with how dependants actively affect each other. Weil also emphasizes the linguistic ambiguities created by service relationships. The book includes detailed studies of dramatic sequences in twelve plays, including Hamlet, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear.
Title:Service and Dependency in Shakespeares PlaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.51 inPublished:February 5, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521101050

ISBN - 13:9780521101059

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction: 'slippery people'; 2. Sons, daughters and servants; 3. Wives and servants; 4. Friends and servants; 5. Tragic dependencies in King Lear; 6. Freedom, service and slavery in Macbeth; 7. Epilogue: some reflections on the porter; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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'An ... imaginative and unusual book, unusually well written ... The book entertainingly and impressively negotiates the terrain between the plays and their circumambient culture.' Shakespeare Survey 59