Shakespeare's As You Like It: Late Elizabethan Culture and Literary Representation by M. Hunt

Shakespeare's As You Like It: Late Elizabethan Culture and Literary Representation

byM. Hunt

Hardcover | April 9, 2008

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This is the only book-length study of Shakespeare`s " As You Like It" , that describes what original audiences would have found interesting in the play. It explains motifs and issues in this play of special interest to original audiences in 1599-1600.The author identifies elements of " As You Like It" that represent likely personal concerns of Shakespeare in 1599-1600. It also offers original readings of the relevance of specific poetry and ideas of Edmund Spenser for interpreting " As You Like It" .Chapters are designed to be read both in sequence as well as individually for the reader`s convenience. A short introduction defines the concept `late Elizabethan` in a new way. This book is a study of " As You Like It" , which shows how the play represents issues of interest to literature playgoers of its time, as well as speculatively to Shakespeare himself.

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Title:Shakespeare's As You Like It: Late Elizabethan Culture and Literary RepresentationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pagesPublished:April 9, 2008Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230603319

ISBN - 13:9780230603318

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"With their attention to the literary, social, and historical contexts of As You Like It, Hunt helps make sense of Shakespeare's witty but puzzling comedy. Throughout, Hunt is careful to demonstrate what is at stake for the play in relation to its late-Elizabethan origins."--Douglas Bruster, author of Shakespeare and the Question of Culture"Well and engagingly written. Provides an interesting, original, and valuable approach to an important Shakespearean comedy which would interest scholars of Renaissance literature, drama, and Shakespeare in particular.”--Grace Tiffany, Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, Western Michigan University and author of Love's Pilgrimage and Erotic Beasts and Social Monsters“An engaging synthesis of alert scholarship and the virtuous ‘If’ (in Touchstone’s term) of historical imagination. Hunt persuasively reconstructs many of the social, literary, and personal contexts–including echoes of both Spenser and Jonson–in which Shakespeare first crafted the play and in which audiences first enjoyed it.”--Stephen M. Buhler, Professor of English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln