Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

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This volume proposes new insights into the uses of classical mythology by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, focusing on interweaving processes in early modern appropriations of myth. Its 11 essays show how early modern writing intertwines diverse myths and plays with variant versions of individual myths that derive from multiple classical sources, as well as medieval, Tudor and early modern retellings and translations. Works discussed include poems and plays by William Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe and others. Essays concentrate on specific plays including The Merchant of Venice and Dido Queen of Carthage, tracing interactions between myths, chronicles, the Bible and contemporary genres. Mythological figures are considered to demonstrate how the weaving together of sources deconstructs gendered representations. New meanings emerge from these readings, which open up methodological perspectives on multi-textuality, artistic appropriation and cultural hybridity.

Book information

ISBN: 9781526117687
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Imprint: Manchester University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 809.9337
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiii, 283
Weight: 530g
Height: 222mm
Width: 151mm
Spine width: 28mm