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The Drama of Memory in Shakespeare's History Plays

Isabel Karremann

ISBN 10: 1107117585 / ISBN 13: 9781107117587
Published by Cambridge University Press, 2015
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Title: The Drama of Memory in Shakespeare's History...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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This book analyses the drama of memory in Shakespeare's history plays. Situating the plays in relation to the extra-dramatic contexts of early modern print culture, the Reformation and an emergent sense of nationhood, it examines the dramatic devices the theatre developed to engage with the memory crisis triggered by these historical developments. Against the established view that the theatre was a cultural site that served primarily to salvage memories, Isabel Karremann also considers the uses and functions of forgetting on the Shakespearean stage and in early modern culture. Drawing on recent developments in memory studies, new formalism and performance studies, the volume develops an innovative vocabulary and methodology for analysing Shakespeare's mnemonic dramaturgy in terms of the performance of memory that results in innovative readings of the English history plays. Karremann's book is of interest to researchers and upper-level students of Shakespeare studies, early modern drama and memory studies.

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This book offers fresh readings of Shakespeare's history plays through the development of an innovative vocabulary and methodology for analysing Shakespeare's dramatic devices. Situated at the intersection of memory studies, performance studies and historical formalism, this book will appeal to researchers and upper-level students in these subjects.

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