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The Making of the National Poet
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The Making of the National Poet: Shakespeare, Adaptation and Authorship, 1660-1769

Michael Dobson


The century between the Restoration and David Garrick's Stratford Jubilee saw Shakespeare's promotion from the status of archaic, rustic playwright to that of England's timeless Bard, and with it the complete transformation of the ways in which his plays were staged, published, and read. The first question is: why Shakespeare? Secondly, what different interests did this process serve? This book studies the Restoration and 18th century's revisions and revaluations, and it considers the period's much reviled stage adaptations in the context of profound cultural changes. Drawing on a wide range o ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Restoration, Enlightenment, British national identity, poetry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183235
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Dobson, author
University of Illinois at Chicago