Shakespeare's rise to cultural prominence : politics, print and alteration, 1642-1700 / Emma Depledge, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
- Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2018.
xiii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Drama -- Publishing -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Authors and theater -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Authors and theater.
Drama -- Publishing.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Adaptations -- History and criticism.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
- Shakespeare's rise to prominence was by no means inevitable. While he was popular in his lifetime, the number of new editions and revivals of his plays declined over the following decades. Emma Depledge uses the methodologies of book and theatre history to provide a re-assessment of the reputation and dissemination of Shakespeare during the Interregnum and Restoration. She demonstrates the crucial role of the Exclusion Crisis (1678-1682), a political crisis over the royal succession, as a foundational moment in Shakespeare's canonisation. The period saw a sudden surge of theatrical alterations and a significantly increased rate of new editions and stage revivals. In the wake of the Exclusion Crisis, Shakespeare's plays were made available on a scale not witnessed since the early seventeenth century, thus reversing what might otherwise have been a permanent disappearance of his drama from canonical familiarity and firmly establishing Shakespeare's work in the national cultural imagination.
Shakespeare in the Civil Wwar and Interregnum years, 1642-1659
Shakespeare on the early Restoration stage and page, 1660-1677
Shakespeare and the Exclusion Crisis, 1678-82: the decision to alter his plays
The politics of Shakespeare alterations of the Exclusion Crisis
Selling Shakespeare on the Exclusion Crisis stage and page
Shakespeare in the wake of the Exclusion Crisis, 1683-1700.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
- Horace Howard Furness Memorial Fund.
Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library (University of Pennsylvania)
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