Shakespeare and the Institution of Theatre: 'the Best In This Kind' by E. SheenShakespeare and the Institution of Theatre: 'the Best In This Kind' by E. Sheen

Shakespeare and the Institution of Theatre: 'the Best In This Kind'

byE. Sheen

Hardcover | May 29, 2009

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In this highly original book, Erica Sheen rethinks an approach that has been central to Shakespearean studies since the rise of New Historicism in the 1980s. Challenging the prevailing orthodoxy that the institutional form of early modern theatre was that of a market, she takes her starting point from sixteenth-century developments in the law of property, and offers innovative readings of Shakespeare's plays which demonstrate his adaptation of legal principles of ownership to the creative labour by which his work, and that of the Chamberlain's Men, came to be recognised in their own time as 'the best in this kind'. She extends this analysis to questions about the nature of dramatic action and spectatorship that are fundamental to our understanding of the distinctive quality of Shakespeare's work. This imaginative study will encourage its readers to change the way they think about hitherto familiar plays and critical problems.

ERICA SHEEN teaches in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York.
Title:Shakespeare and the Institution of Theatre: 'the Best In This Kind'Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:May 29, 2009Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023052480X

ISBN - 13:9780230524804


Table of Contents

Shakespeare and the Institution of Theatre * The English Custom of Property * Nebuchadnezzar's Tree * Things of Pleasure * Welcome to Our Chamber * The Owner of the House * These Are the Only Men * Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth * On the Obligation to Return Lost Dogs * Precious Spending * Bibliography * Index

Editorial Reviews

"A breathtaking and courageous book." —Constance Jordan, Claremont Graduate University