By Victor Kiernan,Michael Wood

ISBN-10: 1783606711

ISBN-13: 9781783606719

ISBN-10: 1783607343

ISBN-13: 9781783607341

'This booklet rests on a lifetime’s wondering historical past. It is helping us see Shakespeare in “a extra sensible light”.’
Times Literary Supplement

Although Shakespeare is rightly celebrated for the ongoing relevancy of his performs and poetry this day, we too usually lose sight of the broader old context which formed his paintings. In Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen, Victor Kiernan indicates that Shakespeare was once profoundly delicate to the nice social and political upheavals of his age. Shakespeare's existence coincided with the 1st demanding situations to the establishment of monarchy, in addition to far-reaching changes within the social hierarchy.

By putting the performs inside this context of an rising modernity, Kiernan upends our belief of Shakespeare's writings. He indicates that those social adjustments, and particularly the altering roles of girls, are an important to our figuring out of the Comedies, within which the confusion of identification, cover, and cross-dressing play a imperative function, whereas the Histories equally replicate the dying of feudal allegiances and the advance of the fashionable nation.

Featuring a brand new creation by way of Michael wooden, Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen offers a wealthy source for either scholars of literature and for the overall reader trying to find new perception into the lifetime of our best dramatist.

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