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Work and Play on the Shakespearean Stage (Electronic book text)
Work and Play on the Shakespearean Stage (Electronic book text): Tom Rutter

Work and Play on the Shakespearean Stage (Electronic book text)

Tom Rutter

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Time and again, early modern plays show people at work: shoemaking, grave-digging, and professional acting are just some of the forms of labour that theatregoers could have seen depicted on stage in 1599 and 1600. Tom Rutter demonstrates how such representations were shaped by the theatre's own problematic relationship with work: actors earned their living through playing, a practice that many considered idle and illegitimate, while plays were criticised for enticing servants and apprentices from their labour. As a result, the drama of Shakespeare's time became the focal point of wider debates over what counted as work, who should have to do it, and how it should be valued. This book describes changing beliefs about work in the sixteenth century, and shows how new ways of conceptualising the work of the governing class inform Shakespeare's histories. It identifies important contrasts between plays written for the adult and child repertories.

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Imprint: Cambridge UniversityPress
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2008
Authors: Tom Rutter
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 205
ISBN-13: 978-1-281-75128-7
Categories: Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts
Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Theatre, drama
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Drama texts, plays
Books > Arts & Architecture > Performing arts > Theatre, drama > General
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > General
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights > 16th to 18th centuries
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Drama texts, plays > 16th to 18th centuries
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights > 16th to 18th centuries > Shakespeare studies & criticism
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Drama texts, plays > 16th to 18th centuries > Shakespeare plays, texts
LSN: 1-281-75128-6
Barcode: 9781281751287

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