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Author Lamb, Mary Ellen, 1946-

Title The popular culture of Shakespeare, Spenser, and Jonson / Mary Ellen Lamb.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2006.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  820.935509031 LAMB    DUE 17-12-19
Physical description x, 271 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Routledge studies in Renaissance literature and culture ; 2.
Routledge studies in Renaissance literature and culture ; 2.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-263) and index.
Contents 1. Producing popular cultures -- Pt. I. Fairies, old wives' tales, and hobby-horses : rising to (in)visibility -- 2. Taken by the fairies -- 3. Old wives' tales -- 4. Hobby-horses and fellow travelers -- Pt. II. William Shakespeare -- 5. A midsummer night's dream : breeching the binary -- 6. The merry wives of Windsor : domestic nationalism and the refuse of the realm -- Pt. III. Edmund Spenser -- 7. The faerie queene : vanishing fairies and dissolving courtiers -- Pt. IV. Ben Jonson -- 8. Oberon, the fairy prince (1611) and the great fairy caper; The sad shepherd (c. 1637) and the topography of the devil's arse.
Summary "Focusing on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Spenser's The Faerie Queene, and Jonson's Oberon, The Fairy Prince and The Sad Shepherd, Mary Ellen Lamb explores the ways in which early modern literature formed a particularly productive site of contest for deep social changes, and how these changes in turn played a large role in shaping some of the most well-known works of the period." "This book breaks new ground by considering productions of popular culture from above, rather than from below. Drawing from theorists of cultural studies, such as Pierre Bourdieu, Roger Chartier, and John Friske, this project synthesizes work from disparate fields to provide new readings of well-known literary works. It will be of particular interest to literary scholars, to cultural and social historians, and to general readers interested in fairies, old wives' tales and hobby-horses."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Jonson, Ben, 1573?-1637 -- Criticism and interpretation.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Popular culture in literature.
Popular culture -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Popular culture -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Standard Number 9780415288811 (hbk.)
9780203506851 (ebk.)
ISBN 0415288819 (hbk.)
0203506855 (ebk.)