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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

How to Do Things with Rhetoric in Early Modern English Writing  

Katrin Ettenhuber

This article reviews recent scholarly work on the connections between rhetoric and literature in the period 1500–1700. It describes the historicist turn in the wake of Brian Vickers’s In ... More

Performance in Households and Merchant Halls  

Amy Appleford

This article discusses the articulation of authority in London merchant hall drama in the early Tudor period. The Drapers’ Company records payments for plays performed, often by ... More

Shakespeare and British History  

Richard Dutton

Print publication date:
Dec 2012
Online publication date:
Jan 2013
This chapter discusses the influence of Holinshed's Chronicles on two of Shakespeare's plays – King Lear and Cymbeline – both of which follow the spirit of Holinshed's Chronicles, even as ... More

Shakespeare and Medieval History  

Igor Djordjevic

Print publication date:
Dec 2012
Online publication date:
Jan 2013
This chapter begins by tracing how history plays recover thematic unities from Holinshed's Chronicles. Shakespeare translated into the medium of drama four major political themes and ... More

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