Shakespeare and the Popular Tradition in the Theater: Studies in the Social Dimension of Dramatic Form and Function

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Johns Hopkins University Press, 1978 - Folk-drama, English - 325 pages
Criticism based on literary or formalist conceptions of structure or on the history of ideas, Robert Weimann contends, has removed Shakespeare from the theater, and the theater from society at large. 'It is only when Elizabethan society, theater, and language are seen as interrelated that the structure of Shakespeare's dramatic art emerges as fully functional, that is, as part of a larger, and not only literary, whole.'

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Contents

THE MIMUS
1
The Tradition of the Fool
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Topsyturvydom in Ceremony and Performance
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Copyright

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