The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare

Hardcover | June 11, 2016

EditorR. Malcolm Smuts

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The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare presents a broad sampling of current historical scholarship on the period of Shakespeare's career that will assist and stimulate scholars of his poems and plays. Rather than merely attempting to summarize the historical 'background' toShakespeare, individual chapters seek to exemplify a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies currently used in historical research on the early modern period that can inform close analysis of literature. Different sections examine political history at both the national and local levels;relationships between intellectual culture and the early modern political imagination; relevant aspects of religious and social history; and facets of the histories of architecture, the visual arts and music. Topics treated include the emergence of an early modern 'public sphere' and itsrelationship to drama during Shakespeare's lifetime; the role of historical narratives in shaping the period's views on the workings of politics; attitudes about the role of emotion in social life; cultures of honour and shame and the rituals and literary forms through which they found expression;crime and murder; and visual expressions of ideas of moral disorder and natural monstrosity, in printed images as well as garden architecture.

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The Oxford Handbook of the Age of Shakespeare presents a broad sampling of current historical scholarship on the period of Shakespeare's career that will assist and stimulate scholars of his poems and plays. Rather than merely attempting to summarize the historical 'background' toShakespeare, individual chapters seek to exemplify a w...

R. Malcolm Smuts, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has had a lifelong interest in interdisciplinary scholarship on early modern Britain and Europe. His publications include Court Culture and the Origins of a Royalist Tradition in England (1987); Culture and Power in England 1585-1685 (1998) an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:704 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:June 11, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Malcolm Smuts: Introduction: Reflections on Interdisciplinary FrontiersPart I: PoliticsNorman Jones: William Cecil Lord Burghley and the Management of Elizabeth's EnglandPaul Hammer: The Earl of EssexPauline Croft: Robert Cecil and the Transition from Elizabeth to James IMalcolm Smuts: James I and the Consolidation of British Monarchy?David Trim: War, Soldiers and High Politics under Elizabeth IRory Rapple: Shakespeare, the Irish and Military CultureGlyn Parry: Catholicism and Tyranny in Shakespeare's WarwickshireDan Beaver: Ancient Liberties, Royal Honour and the Politics of Commonweal in English ForestsPart II: Intellectual Culture and Political Thought and ImaginationTim Wilks: Poets, Patronage and the Prince's CourtPeter Lake: The Theatre and the 'Post-Reformation Public Sphere'Peter Mack: Rhetorical Training and the Elizabethan Grammar SchoolDaniel Woolf and Jane Wong Yeang Chui: English Vernacular Historical Writing and Holinshed's ChroniclesNicholas Popper: European Historiography in English Political CulturePaulina Kewes: Roman History, Essex and Late Elizabethan Political CultureDebora Shuger: Other RepublicanismsAlexandra Gajda: The Gordian Knot of Policy: Statecraft and the Prudent PrinceCurtis Perry: Seneca and English Political CultureArthur Williamson: David Hume, Richard Verstegan and the Battle for BritainBrendan Kane and Malcolm Smuts: The Politics of Race in England, Scotland and IrelandPart III: Aspects of Religious CultureKaty Gibbons: English Catholics and the ContinentNaomi Tadmor: The Bible in English Culture: The Age of ShakespeareEthan Shagan: Religious Nonconformity and the Quality of Mercy: The Merchant of Venice in Reformation ContextTom Webster: Protestantism and the DevilPart IV: Social Beliefs and PracticesLinda Pollock: The Affective Life in Shakespearean EnglandRichard Cust: Chivalry and the English GentlemanAlan Bryson: Elizabethan Verse Libel James Daybell: Gender, Writing Technologies and Early Modern Epistolary CommunicationsBrian Weiser: The Shamings of FalstaffSusan D. Amussen: Cuckold's Haven: Gender Inversion in Popular CultureK. J. Kesselring: Murder's Crimson Badge': Homicide in the Age of ShakespeareAlastair Bellany: Thinking with PoisonPaul Griffiths: Criminal London: Fear and Danger in Shakespeare's CityVanessa Harding: Families and Households in Early Modern LondonChristopher Highley: Theatre, Church and Neighbourhood in Early Modern BlackfriarsRoze Hentschell: The Cultural Geography of St Paul's PrecinctPart V: Visual Culture and MusicRobert Tittler: Art and Architecture in Provincial EnglandLuke Morgan: Garden Design and Experience in Shakespeare's EnglandElizabeth Goldring: Art Collecting and Patronage in Shakespeare's EnglandHelen Pierce: Graphic Satire and the Printed Image in Shakespeare's EnglandRoss Duffin: Music and the Stage in the Time of Shakespeare