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A resurgence of interest in Shakespeare's late romances has scholars once again asking what kind of work is The Winter's Tale. After The Tempest, it has occupied critics over the first two decades of the twenty-first century more than any other in this group of late plays. Besides a variety of...
The stage history of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale reflects changing critical perceptions about its themes as well as an evolution of theatrical production over a span of four centuries. First noted in astrologer Simon Forman's record of a performance on May 15, 1611, the play was popular with...
In The Muses' Concord, James H. Jensen observes that rhetorical theory and practice ground all the arts of the Renaissance era (47). This connection is evident in the discourse of rhetorical and dance performance shared between Classical rhetoric treatises and Renaissance dance manuals, which...
Thomas Kyd's The Householder's Philosophy (1588) is a translation of Torquato Tasso's Il padre di famiglia (1582). While translating Tasso's text, Kyd made some sizeable additions to it, which would appear to spell out his stance on a series of issues. In particular, Kyd significantly expands...
Frances Dolan has demonstrated that few Shakespeare comedies stage both the occurrence and intensity of physical violence to the degree that The Taming of the Shrew does. Analysis of this violence has usually focused on its effects rather than its source. Almost exclusively, anger is the cause....
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