Circumstantial Shakespeare

ISBN : 9780198816393

Lorna Hutson
208 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Feb 2018
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Contrary to the view that Shakespeare was careless with plot details, Circumstantial Shakespeare reveals how he actually used circumstance to imply offstage actions, times, and places in terms of the motives and desires of his characters, thus creating coherent dramatic worlds and a sense of the feelings of characters inhabiting them.


Introduction; 1 'Quando?' (When?) in Romeo and Juliet; 2 'Imaginary Work': Opportunity in Lucrece and in King Lear; 3 Where and How? Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Maid's Tragedy; 4 'The Innocent Sleepe': Motive in Macbeth; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index

About the author: 

Lorna Hutson is Berry Professor of Literature at the University of St Andrews and Merton Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. She was educated in San Francisco, Edinburgh and Oxford and has taught at Queen Mary, University of London and at the University of California at Berkeley. Her books include Thomas Nashe in Context (1989), The Usurer's Daughter (1994), Feminism and Renaissance Studies (1999), Rhetoric and Law in Early Modern Europe (with Victoria Kahn, 2001) and The Invention of Suspicion (2007), which won the Roland H. Bainton prize for literature in 2008. She has held fellowships from the Guggenheim, the Folger, the Huntington, the AHRC and the Leverhulme Trust.

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