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Crowd and Rumour in Shakespeare free pdf In this study, the author offers new interpretations of Shakespeare's works in the context of two major contemporary notions of collectivity: the crowd and rumour. The plays illustrate that rumour and crowd are mutually dependent- they also betray a fascination with the fact that crowd and rumour make individuality disappear. Shakespeare dramatizes these mechanisms, relating the crowd to class conflict, to rhetoric, to the theatre and to the organization of the state- and linking rumour to fear, to fame and to philosophical doubt. Paying attention to all levels of collectivity, Wiegandt emphasizes the close relationship between the crowd onstage and the Elizabethan audience. He argues that there was a significant - and sometimes precarious - metatheatrical blurring between the crowd on the stage and the crowd around the stage in performances of crowd scenes. The book's focus on crowd and rumour provides fresh insights on the central problems of some of Shakespeare's most contentiously debated plays, and offers an alternative to the dominant tradition of celebrating Shakespeare as the origin of modern individualism.

About Kai Wiegandt

Kai Wiegandt is assistant professor of English Literature at Freie Universitat Berlin, Germany.

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Author : Kai Wiegandt
Publisher : Ashgate Publishing Limited
Data Published : 28 July 2012
ISBN : 140943219X
EAN : 9781409432197
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 225 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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