Shakespeare Studies

This international volume contains essays, studies and book reviews by critics and cultural historians dealing with the cultural history of early modern England.

Articles from Vol. 37, Annual

A Crisis of Friendship?: Representation and Experience in Two Late University Plays
IN THE SIXTEENTH and seventeenth centuries the universities of Oxford and Cambridge were almost unique in accommodating semiautonomous communities of young men, and I will argue that this rare social circumstance leaves its mark upon the dramatic work...
Center or Margin: Revisions of the English Renaissance in Honor of Leeds Barroll
IN THE INTRODUCTORY CHAPTER to his Politics, Plague and Shakespeare's Theater: The Stuart Years (1991), Leeds Barroll lamented the tendency of biographies of Shakespeare to reify "presuppositions about historical causation," thereby resulting in "the...
Emulating Royalty: Cambridge, Oxford, and the Inns of Court
As EDITOR OR COEDITOR of three collections for Records of Early English Drama (REED), I have surveyed entertainment records to 1642 from Cambridge, Oxford, and the Inns of Court. (1) Both Oxford (University and Colleges) and Inns of Court I inherited...
Foreword
FOR OVER TEN YEARS. beginning with Volume XXII in 1996 under the editorial direction of Leeds Barroll, Shakespeare Studies has featured Forums, or scholarly discussions, on issues important to the field of early modern culture. These issues have been...
"Goodlie Anticke Apparrell"?: Sophocles' Ajax at Early Modern Oxford and Cambridge
IN HIS DISCUSSION OF TRAGEDY in the Defence of Poesy (ca. 1580), Philip Sidney mentions Sophocles' fifth-century play [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (Latinized as Ajax) to illustrate the impact that tragedy should make on its audience. (1) [TEXT...
Introduction
HAMLET TWICE REMINDED its original audiences of another tragedy recently performed at the Globe, that of Julius Caesar, a central subject of the classical history studied in Elizabethan schools and universities. Horatio thinks that the ghost, like...
Professional Playing in London and Superior Cambridge Responses
MY REAL SUBJECT IS SEX. To be a little more precise it is about the effect of living in the monastic conditions of the chambers at either of the two universities or the Inns of Court in late Tudor and early Stuart times. Both of these points have a...
Speaking Process
IDENTIFICATION OF ETHICAL ACTION may be an inescapable "human" compulsion, evident at least in part, as we all know, in Hamlet's "to be, or not to be," (3.1.56). (1) But the act of speaking the ethical into being, as early modern humanists understood...
The Cook and the Cannibal: Titus Andronicus and the New World
IN ANY DISCUSSION OF SHAKESPEARE and the New World, it seems The Tempest "must follow, as the night the day." I propose instead to analyze the use of American exploration narratives in Shakespeare's earliest tragedy. In its preoccupations with Rome,...
The Fortune Contract in Reverse
Introduction IN LATE SEPTEMBER 1626, just two months before Edward Alleyn died, he wrote a lengthy "Memorandum" relating to Dulwich College. (1) It is a little-known document, and the state of Alleyn's health at the time of its writing is unclear;...
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