‘Shakespeare and Material Culture’

Richardson, Catherine (2010) ‘Shakespeare and Material Culture’. Literature Compass, 7 (6). pp. 424-438. ISSN 1741-4113. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-4113.2010.00700.x) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article outlines the various ways in which recent criticism has related Shakespeare’s plays to early modern material culture, and suggests directions for future scholarship in this area. It explores writing about material culture and the construction of identity, about the materiality of the production and consumption practices of which the early modern theatre was a part, and about the use of stage properties in Shakespeare’s plays. In doing so, it argues that the study of material culture has been responsible for two major changes in our received wisdom about the early modern stage – it has enabled us to challenge and problematise our notions of both the ‘all-male’ and the ‘bare’ stage, devoid of props. It suggests that greater scholarly attention to the forms of material culture – to early modern objects and the processes with which they were associated – will offer us fruitful new avenues into the way Shakespeare’s plays work upon their audiences.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Catherine Richardson
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2015 08:20 UTC
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2015 15:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/51375 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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