Renaissance Shakespeare: Shakespeare Renaissances: by Martin Procházka, Michael Dobson, Andreas Höfele, Hanna

By Martin Procházka, Michael Dobson, Andreas Höfele, Hanna Scolnicov

Selected contributions to the 9th global Shakespeare Congress, which happened in July 2011 in Prague, characterize the modern kingdom of Shakespeare stories in thirty-eight international locations world wide. except readings of Shakespeare’s performs and poems, greater than 40 chapters map Renaissance contexts of his artwork in politics, theater, legislation, and fabric tradition and speak about a number of circumstances of the effect of his works in international tradition from the Americas to the some distance East, together with level productions, publication tradition, translations, movie and tv diversifications, fairs, and nationwide history. The final portion of the publication specializes in the afterlife of Shakespeare within the paintings of the prime British dramatist Tom Stoppard.

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3. Naseeb Shaheen, “Shakespeare’s Knowledge of Italian,” Shakespeare Survey 47 (1994): 161–69. 4. Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, gen. , The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005), lxix. All quotations from Shakespeare’s works follow the text of this edition. 5. T. W. Baldwin, William Shakspere’s Small Latine and Lesse Greeke, 2 vols. (Urbana: University of Illinois Press), 1944. 6. Baldwin, Shakspere’s Small Latine, 2:617–19. 7. “It is thus clear that by Shakspere’s day practically all grammar schools on regular foundations, as was that at Stratford, would at least hope to teach some Greek” (Baldwin, Shakspere’s Small Latine, 2:626).

What we have here is a story of corrupt ambition leading to the destruction of a royal dynasty, alleged poisonings of one family member by another, younger brothers replacing older brothers on the throne, imputations of tyranny (directed, especially, at Henry III), political assassinations, and, with France’s ambitious neighbor Spain looking to capitalize on signs of weakness, a revenge plot that proved itself worthy of stage treatment by no less a playwright than Christopher Marlowe. We also have, with the collapse of the Valois dynasty, a neighboring king (and erstwhile enemy of Catholic France), Navarre, taking the throne in 1589.

These are The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Titus Andronicus, 1 Henry VI, and Richard III, and the comparatively short Venus and Adonis. 22. James Shapiro, Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (London: Faber and Faber, 2010), 307 and passim. 23. See Stanley Wells, “The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear: A Structural Comparison,” Shakespeare Survey 33 (1990): 55–66. 24. Romeo and Juliet, ed. T. J. B. Spencer (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967), 7. 25. See Stanley Wells, Shakespeare, Sex, and Love (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 148–67 (chapter 6, “Sex and Love in Romeo and Juliet”).

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