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Shakespeare Only

Jeffrey Knapp

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226445717
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226445731 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226445731.001.0001
Shakespeare Only

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Three decades of controversy in Shakespeare studies can be summed up in a single question: Was Shakespeare one of a kind? On one side of the debate are the Shakespeare lovers, the bardolatrists, who insist on Shakespeare's timeless preeminence as an author. On the other side are the theater historians, who view modern claims of Shakespeare's uniqueness as a distortion of his real professional life. This book draws on an array of historical evidence to reconstruct Shakespeare's authorial identity as Shakespeare and his contemporaries actually understood it. It argues that Shakespeare tried to adapt his own singular talent and ambition to the collaborative enterprise of drama by imagining himself as uniquely embodying the diverse, fractious energies of the popular theater.

Keywords: Shakespeare studies; bardolatrists; popular theatre; theatre historians; popular theater; William Shakespeare

Book.  254 pages. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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