Shakespeare's World.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandHistorical Explorations of Literature Ser: Publisher: Santa Barbara : ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2019Copyright date: ©2020Description: 1 online resource (272 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781440857492Subject(s): Shakespeare, William,-1564-1616-ComediesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Shakespeare's World: the Comedies: a Historical Exploration of LiteratureDDC classification: 822.33 LOC classification: PR2981 .P463 2020Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover -- Half Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Series Foreword -- Introduction -- A Note on Sources -- Chronology -- 1 A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Synopsis of A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Historical Background of A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Why We Read A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Historical Explorations of A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Documenting A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Source Texts -- Document: Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book IV, ca. AD 8 -- Document: Plutarch, Parallel Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans, AD 75 -- Document: Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, "The Knight's Tale," 1476 -- Document: Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, ca. 1591 and 1595 -- Magic and the Supernatural -- Document: Reginald Scot, The Discovery of Witchcraft, 1584 -- Document: Anonymous, "The Mad Merry Pranks of Robin Goodfellow," ca. 1628 -- Document: Anonymous, Robin Good-Fellow -- His Mad Prankes, and Merry Jests, 1628 -- Queen Elizabeth -- Document: Queen Elizabeth, "On Monsieur's Departure," ca. 1582 -- Document: Queen Elizabeth, "Speech to the Troops at Tilbury," 1588 -- Document: Edmund Spenser, "Letter to Raleigh" in The Faerie Queene, 1590-1596 -- Suggested Readings -- 2 The Merchant of Venice -- Synopsis of The Merchant of Venice -- Historical Background of The Merchant of Venice -- Why We Read The Merchant of Venice -- Historical Explorations of The Merchant of Venice -- Documenting The Merchant of Venice -- Source Texts -- Document: Anonymous, Gesta Romanorum, 13th Century -- Document: Giovanni Fiorentino, Il Pecorone, 14th Century -- Document: Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta, 1589-1590 -- Renaissance Jews and Anti-Semitism -- Document: "Edict of Expulsion," Statute of the Jewry, 1275 -- Document: Anonymous, "A New Song, Shewing the Crueltie of Gernutus a Jew," ca. 1620.
Document: William Camden, The History of the Most Renowned and Victorious Princess Elizabeth, 1630 -- Venice and the Economic Exchange -- Document: Simonds d'Ewes, Parliamentary Debate on Usury, 1571 -- Document: Shakespeare, Sonnets, 1609 -- Document: Thomas Coryat, Coryat's Crudities Hastily Gobbled Up in Five Months Travels in France, Italy, & -- c, 1611 -- Suggested Readings -- 3 Twelfth Night -- Synopsis of Twelfth Night -- Historical Background of Twelfth Night -- Why We Read Twelfth Night -- Historical Explorations of Twelfth Night -- Documenting Twelfth Night -- Source Texts -- Document: G'Ingannati, or The Deceived Ones, 1531 -- Document: Barnabe Rich, "Apolonius and Silla," 1581 -- Document: John Lyly, Gallathea, 1588 -- Home and Court -- Document: Baldassare Castiglione, Il Cortegiano or The Book of the Courtier, 1528 -- Document: Robert Armin, Fool upon Fool, 1608 -- Document: William Perkins, Christian Economy, 1608 -- Clothing and Identity -- Document: "Statutes of Apparel," 1574 -- Document: Edward Alleyn and Philip Henslowe, "An Inventory of Costumes," ca. 1600 -- Document: Shakespeare, Sonnets, 1609 -- Document: Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker, The Roaring Girl, 1611 -- Document: Hic Mulier and Haec-Vir, 1620 -- Document: William Prynne, Histrio-Mastix, 1633 -- Suggested Readings -- 4 The Tempest -- Synopsis of The Tempest -- Historical Background of The Tempest -- Why We Read The Tempest -- Historical Explorations of The Tempest -- Documenting The Tempest -- Source Texts -- Document: Desiderius Erasmus, "The Shipwreck," 1518 -- Document: Michel de Montaigne, "Of Cannibals," 1580 -- Document: William Strachey, A True Reportory of the Wracke, and Redemption of Sir Thomas Gates, 1625 -- Utopias and the New World -- Document: Ovid, Metamorphoses, ca. AD 8 -- Document: Sir Thomas More, Utopia, 1516.
Document: John Dee, General and Rare Memorials Pertaining to the Perfect Arte of Navigation, 1577 -- Document: Thomas Hariot, The Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia, 1588 -- Masques and Spectacle -- Document: Sir Philip Sidney, "Defense of Poesy," ca. 1580 -- Document: Ben Jonson, The Masque of Blackness, 1605 -- Document: Ben Jonson, Bartholomew Fair, 1614 -- Suggested Readings -- Index.
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CHOICE ReviewPendergast (Southern Illinois Univ., Edwardsville) is also author of Religion Allegory and Literacy in Early Modern England, 1560--1640 (2006) and a guide to Love's Labour's Lost (2002). In present book, he introduces readers to the classical roots and the Renaissance literary context of Shakespearean comedy. Following the standard format of the "Historical Explorations of Literature" series, Pendergast explores A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest. He begins with a general introduction to Tudor England and Shakespeare and then devotes a section to each play, providing a synopsis and essays outlining the play's historical background, the importance of the play, and its source materials. Pendergast is especially good at discussing (and substantiating) intertextuality--within the Shakespeare canon, between the plays, and in the world of Renaissance literature generally. Though beginners may struggle a bit with the essays, overall this is compact guide to each play and its sources. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty. --Beth Ann McGowan, Northern Illinois University
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John Pendergast is professor of English at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He has published two previous books as well as several journal articles.