Social Shakespeare

Aspects of Renaissance Dramaturgy and Contemporary Society

  • Authors
  • Peter J. Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Peter J. Smith
      Pages 1-14
  3. Genre and Imagery

  4. Dramaturgy and Language

  5. Society and Culture

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-242

About this book


'Social Shakespeare is a thoughtful and frequently incisive book wabout an important and complex topic.' - Terence Hawkes, Cahiers Elisabethains Shakespeare studies have become increasingly politicised and clashes of opinion amongst scholars are not uncommon. Social Shakespeare, in its enthusiasm for the plays themselves, attempts to bridge the gap between rival approaches, aiming as a distinct refocusing of political criticism upon the Shakespearean text as realised in performance. Modern Shakespeare productions have the potential to make far more political impact than academic studies and yet, until now, critics have been reluctant to recognise this potential. With reference to particular productions, backed up by illustrations, Peter J. Smith integrates critical understanding of the plays with evidence of their political impact on stage.


Renaissance stage William Shakespeare

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