Shakespeare's Cues and Prompts

Shakespeare's Cues and Prompts

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Shakespeare, like Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, is a weaver. The playwright spins a web of his explicit and implicit narrative and dramatic sources, historical and cultural prompts, and other multi-faceted intertexts woven into the fabric of his comedies, tragedies and histories. This study highlights some examples of largely unrecognized and sometimes subtle strands of Shakespeare's intertextual tapestries in selected plays. Such intertexts represent mostly conscious and adapted sources that when considered help to contribute fresh understandings of the plays examined. Murray Levith analyses a number of types of Shakespearean intertextual prompts which are embedded in or cue selected works: an unrecognized dramatic source as a prompt for The Merchant of Venice; images in Coriolanus and The Merry Wives of Windsor likely remembered from a favourite Latin classic; A Midsummer Night's Dream and a quasi-historical legend; Shakespeare's use of the myth of St George and the Dragon in Richard III and a contemporary political prompt in Othello; a final chapter notes examples of Shakespeare's recycling and views All's Well that Ends Well's relationship to The Taming of the Shrew.Letters of King James VI aamp; I. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1984. Allen, Graham. ... Anderson, Judith H. Biographical Truth: The Representation of Historical Persons in Tudor-Stuart Writing. ... Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1999.

Title:Shakespeare's Cues and Prompts
Author:Murray J. Levith
Publisher:Bloomsbury Academic - 2007-07-01


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