Shakespeare 1609:

Shakespeare 1609: "Cymbeline" and "the Sonnets"

by David Johnson (Author), David Johnson (Author), Richard Danson Brown (Author)


How has Shakespeare been interpreted since his death in 1616? How are we to explain the posthumous fame that surrounds the name Shakespeare ? This textbook considers these questions through case studies of two texts that appeared in about 1609 - Cymbeline , as a play on the London stage, and The Sonnets as a Quarto volume. As well as being roughly contemporaneous, these texts have been received more ambiguously than the majority of the Shakesperean canon. Cymbeline has been widely neglected, while the current fame of Shakespeare's sonnets was not anticipated by the 17th-century reading public, who largely ignored the volume. This study looks at these works and considers their generic distinctiveness, their complex representations of sexuality, and the varied ways in which they have been received by subsequent generations. It includes key secondary readings from influential critics.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Published: 09 May 2000

ISBN 10: 0333913221
ISBN 13: 9780333913222