The Purpose of Playing: Shakespeare and the Cultural Politics of the Elizabethan Theatre
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The Purpose of Playing: Shakespeare and the Cultural Politics of the Elizabethan Theatre

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Part of a larger project to examine the Elizabethan politics of representation, Louis Montrose's The Purpose of Playing refigures the social and cultural context within which Elizabethan drama was created.

Montrose first locates the public and professional theater within the ideological and material framework of Elizabethan culture. He considers the role of the professional...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by University Of Chicago Press
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If you can get past the tortured introduction (seriously, just skip the intro), the rest of the book is a good New Historicist overview of the way that Elizabethan theatre interacted with its culture - not just reflecting it, but influencing it and interacting with it.
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