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Social Circulation and Historical Culture: A Shakespeare Myth in Sevenoaks

Hails, Charlotte (2014) Social Circulation and Historical Culture: A Shakespeare Myth in Sevenoaks. Master of Arts by Research (MARes) thesis, University of Kent,. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This thesis explores a provincial myth in the context of local historical culture and with reference to what Daniel Woolf has called ‘the social circulation of the past’. The myth identifies Sevenoaks School as a ‘grammar school’ cited by Jack Cade in Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 2.

The thesis concludes that the myth evolved from the early modern social circulation of the past in print and oral culture, custom, memory and landscape, and that it flourished in the early twentieth century in a historical culture infused with the ‘cult’ of Shakespeare and the rural, romantic nostalgia of ‘Englishness’ expressed in the arts and literature of the time.

Item Type: Thesis (Master of Arts by Research (MARes))
Thesis advisor: Richardson, Catherine
Thesis advisor: Dustagheer, Sarah
Uncontrolled keywords: The social circulation of the past. Myth-making in local history. Henry VI Part 2. Shakespeare.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > University wide - Teaching/Research Groups > Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Depositing User: Users 1 not found.
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2015 09:00 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 04:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51183 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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