Imagining Shakespeare’s Original Audience, 1660–2000

Groundlings, Gallants, Grocers

  • Bettina Boecker

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

About this book


Comparatively little is known about Shakespeare's first audiences. This study argues that the Elizabethan audience is an essential part of Shakespeare as a site of cultural meaning, and that the way criticism thinks of early modern theatregoers is directly related to the way it thinks of, and uses, the Bard himself.


Shakespeare Shakespeare reception Shakespeare criticism audience Romanticism theatre twentieth century William Shakespeare

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  • Bettina Boecker
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MunichGermany

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