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Circumstantial Shakespeare

Lorna Hutson


Shakespeare’s characters are thought to be his greatest achievement—imaginatively autonomous, possessed of depth and individuality. This view has survived the deconstruction of ‘Shakespeare as Author’ and has been revitalized by the recent emphasis on the collaborative nature of early modern theatre. But belief in the autonomous imaginative life of Shakespeare’s characters depends on another unexamined myth: the myth that Shakespeare rejected neoclassicism, playing freely with theatrical time and place. This book explodes these critical commonplaces. Drawing on classical and sixteenth-century ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, circumstances, character, time, place, motive, rhetoric, offstage, enargeia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657100
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657100.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorna Hutson, author
Berry Professor of Literature, University of St Andrews

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