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Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare's England

1st Edition

By Stephannie Gearhart

Routledge

180 pages

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Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England examines the intersection between art and culture and explains how ideas about age circulated in early modern England. Stephannie Gearhart illustrates how a variety of texts – including drama by Shakespeare, Jonson, and Middleton – placed elders’ and youths’ voices in dialogue with one another to construct the period’s ideology of age and shape elder-youth relations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: historicizing generational conflict

Part I: Youth

1. Blood vs. manners: youth’s quest for independence in The Merchant of Venice

2. Familial contracts: financial inheritance in the plays of Jonson and Middleton

Part II: Elders

3. "The very latest counsel that ever I shall breathe": 2 Henry IV, Hamlet, and ideological inheritance

4 Old fools and serpents’ teeth: defining age and the terms of the parent-child relationship in King Lear

Conclusion: A difficult age

Index

About the Author

Stephannie S. Gearhart is an Associate Professor at Bowling Green State University, USA.

About the Series

Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama

Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama
This series presents original research on theatre histories and performance histories; the time period covered is from about 1500 to the early 18th century. Studies in which women's activities are a central feature of discussion are especially of interest; this may include women as financial or technical support (patrons, musicians, dancers, seamstresses, wig-makers) or house support staff (e.g., gatherers), rather than performance per se. We also welcome critiques of early modern drama that take into account the production values of the plays and rely on period records of performance.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRA000000
DRAMA / General
DRA003000
DRAMA / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT013000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
LIT015000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare
LIT024010
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 16th Century
LIT024020
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 17th Century
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism