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The Affective Life in Shakespearean England  

Linda Pollock

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
Critiquing the amount of scholarly attention paid to the body and to intense, overwhelming feelings, this chapter examines how individuals, mainly the landed ranks, experienced and dealt ... More

All’s Well That Ends Well and Recipe Cultures of Knowledge  

Wendy Wall

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Aug 2016
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Sep 2016
This essay reinterprets the social, sexual, and gendered meanings of Helena’s climactic moment of healing in All’s Well That Ends Well by situating the play within the early modern recipe ... More

Amazons, Turks, and Tartars in the Gesta Grayorum and The Comedy of Errors  

Bernadette Andrea

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Aug 2016
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Sep 2016
This essay pursues the multiple and contradictory meanings of the signifier ‘Tartar’ in Elizabethan drama by parsing how its classical and historical referents were mapped onto the ... More

Ancient Liberties, Royal Honour, and the Politics of Commonweal in English Forests, 1558–1625  

Dan Beaver

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
This chapter considers the interplay among the meanings of forests in Shakespeare’s plays and poems, the broader cultural meanings of forests in early modern England, and the significance ... More

Antony and Cleopatra  

Bernhard Klein

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Aug 2016
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Nov 2016
This chapter surveys a range of key topics in Antony and Cleopatra, including space, rhetoric, love, politics, ethnicity and gender. It considers the dichotomy between Egypt and Rome, the ... More

Architecture  

Frederick Kiefer

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire claims several distinctions: it was built by a woman, Bess of Hardwick, who married four times, accumulating the vast fortune that financed her home; it was ... More

Aristotelian Criticism in Sixteenth-Century England  

Micha Lazarus

Aristotle’s Poetics has been thought to be inaccessible or misunderstood in sixteenth-century England, but this inherited assumption has drifted far from the primary evidence and lagged ... More

Art and Architecture in Provincial England  

Robert Tittler

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
This chapter considers the contrasting visual and architectural elements which Shakespeare will have experienced both in his native Stratford and in his frequent travels elsewhere ... More

Art Collecting and Patronage in Shakespeare’s England  

Elizabeth Goldring

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May 2016
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Jul 2016
This chapter poses the question: ‘What did it mean to be a patron or collector of art in Shakespeare’s England?’ To that end, it seeks, first, to shed light on some of the challenges ... More

Audience Reception  

Tanya Pollard

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Dec 2011
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Sep 2012
This article examines how audiences in Shakespeare's time responded to the plays they saw, and how can one assess the impact, noting that early modern ideas about audiences' reactions to ... More

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