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Exploring the network of social, political and spiritual connections in north west England during Shakespeare's formative years, this text discusses how the cultural context in which the apprentice dramatist worked may have shaped him as an artist. It provides readings of "Twelfth Night", "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and explores the position of Lancashire as a Catholic stronghold and home to Counter-Refomation missionaries in opposition to the attempts of central government to create a united state. The text also introduces the reader to the non-metropolitan theatre spaces which formed a vital part of Early Modern dramatic activity.
Alison Gail Findlay is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Lancaster Richard Dutton is Professor of English Literature at the University of Lancaster Richard Wilson is Professor of Renaissance Literature in the Department of English at the University of Lancaster
Acknowledgements List of illustrations 1. Introduction 2. "The useless dearness of the diamond": patronage theatre and households Suzanne Westfall 3. The management of mirth: Shakepeare via Bourdieu Richard Wilson 4. Between astrology and adolatry: modes of temporal repetition in Romeo and Juliet Phillipa Berry 5. Country house, Catholicity and the cryptic in Twelfth Night Anne Lecercle 6. Recusancy, festivity and community: The Simpsons at Gowlthwaite Hall Phebe Jensen 7. Suicide at the elephant and castle or, did the lady vanish? Alternative endings for early modern women writers Marion Wynne Davies 8. Shakespeare and Lancaster Richard Dutton 9. The Shireburnes of Stonyhurst: memory and survival in a Lancashire Catholic recusant family John Callow and Michael Mullett 10. Lancashire, Shakepeare and the cosntrucion of cultural neighbourhoods in sixteenth century England Mary A. Blackstone 11. A family tradition: Dramatic patronage by the Earls of Derby Sally-Beth MacLean 12. The playhouse at Prescot and the 1592-4 plague David George 13. Regional performance in Shakepeare's time Peter Greenfield
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