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The author has been at the centre of a shift in literary interpretation towards a critical method that places cultural creation in historical context. This book exemplifies the method in an examination of how collective beliefs and experiences are shaped, transferred from one medium to another, concentrated in manageable form, and offered to the public on the stage. As well as providing a new way of understanding Shakespeare, the book is an original analysis of a cultural process. The first chapter introduces the methods and purposes of the new historicism, and later chapters consider the types of cultural negotiation that shape the four main genres of Shakespearean drama: history, comedy, tragedy and romance. Particular reference is made to "Henry IV", "Henry V", "Twelth Night", "King Lear" and "The Tempest", and the book includes analyses of such aspects of early modern culture as exorcism, cross-dressing, colonial propaganda and martial law codes.
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Stephen Greenblatt is The Class of 1932 Professor of English Literature at the University of California, Berkeley.Review:
"["Shakespearean Negotiations], so sharp on cultural stereotypes and on the abuse of power, should be read by all students of history and literature, by all thinking men and women."--E.A.J. Honigmann, "New York Review of Books
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Book Description University of California Press, 1992. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110520061594