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Metadrama and the Informer in Shakespeare and Jonson

Bill Angus

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2016 | ISBN: 9781474415118
Published online May 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781474426886 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9781474415118.001.0001
Metadrama and the Informer in Shakespeare and Jonson

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This book explores the metadramatic plays and devices of Shakespeare and Jonson and finds at the core of their metadrama some disturbing connections, and even an uneasy sense of common practice, between authors and the shadowy figure of the informer. It offers insight into the internal workings and motivations of Shakespeare’s and Jonson’s dramatic structures and opens a new window on their ambitions, concerns and fears. In doing so, it enhances our historical understanding of the structures of authority and society within which the drama was produced, and the place of the informer in those structures.

Keywords: Shakespeare; Jonson; metadrama; informer; intelligencer; authority; author; early modern; drama

Book.  240 pages. 

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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