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Author Clare, Janet, 1954-
Title Shakespeare's stage traffic : imitation, borrowing and competition in Renaissance theatre / Janet Clare, University of Hull.
Imprint Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Author Clare, Janet, 1954-
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
English drama -- Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 -- History and criticism.
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Imitation in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Description xi, 305 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 268-294) and index.
Summary "Shakespeare's unique status has made critics reluctant to acknowledge the extent to which some of his plays are the outcome of adaptation. In Shakespeare's Stage Traffic Janet Clare re-situates Shakespeare's dramaturgy within the flourishing and competitive theatrical trade of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. She demonstrates how Shakespeare worked with materials which had already entered the dramatic tradition, and how, in the spirit of Renaissance theory, he moulded and converted them to his own use. The book challenges the critical stance that views the Shakespeare canon as essentially self-contained, moves beyond the limitations of generic studies and argues for a more conjoined critical study of early modern plays. Each chapter focuses on specific plays and examines the networks of influence, exchange and competition which characterised stage traffic between playwrights, including Marlowe, Jonson and Fletcher. Overall, the book addresses multiple perspectives relating to authorship and text, performance and reception"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction -- 1. Troublesome reigns -- 2. Deposing kings -- 3. Cross-cultural comedy -- 4. Competing dramaturgies: later comedy -- 5. Medley history -- 6. Hamlet and the 'humour of children' -- 7. Conversion: from Elizabethan to Jacobean theatre -- 8. Generic transformations -- Afterword.
ISBN 9781107040038 (hardback)
1107040035 (hardback)
ISBN/ISSN 40023526120
OCLC # 852399959