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Shakespeare's NatureFrom Cultivation to Culture$
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Charlotte Scott

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685080

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685080.001.0001

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Even Better than the Real Thing?

Even Better than the Real Thing?

Art and Nature in The Winter’s Tale

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(p.150) (p.151) 5 Even Better than the Real Thing?
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Shakespeare's Nature
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Charlotte Scott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685080.003.0005

Set within the context of a putatively pastoral space, The Winter’s Tale dramatizes a conflict between art and nature which had come to dominate the Jacobean imagination. Moving beyond the parameters of Perdita and Polixenes’ dispute, however, the debate between art and nature permeates the play. Extending this discussion through the play’s wider focus on the relationships between truth and fiction, this chapter explores the changing space of the countryside and the opportunities it offers for consumerism and mobility. Such opportunities, this chapter argues, expose a new model of human intervention in the production of fantasy.

Keywords:   consumerism, economy, pastoral, The Winter’s Tale, commodities, truth, nature, intervention

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