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William Shakespeare

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  • 1. William Shakespeare Life and Work Raffaele Nardella
  • 2. Shakespeare’s youth
    • Stratford-on-Avon 1564
    • Financial problems
    • Grammar School
    • Anna Hathaway 1582
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  • 3. Actor and Playwright
    • London 1592
    • Lord Chamberlain’s Men
    • King’s Men
    • Stage and Sonnets
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  • 4. Works
    • Sonnets
    • First Folio 1623
      • History Plays
      • Romantic Comedies
      • Great Tragedies
      • Romances
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  • 5. History Plays
    • 100 years of English History
    • 2 Tetralogies
    • Henry VI (parts 1,2,3); Richard III
    • Richard II; Henry IV (parts 1,2); Henry V
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  • 6. History Plays
    • Conservative
      • Loyal Courtier -> Tudor Myth
      • Theatre as Institution displaying Royal Authority
    • Subversive
      • Demystifier -> Politics and Morality
      • Theatre as a Social Event influenced by lower classes
    Raffaele Nardella
  • 7. Tragedies
    • Universal Psychological Traits
    • Historically Specific Problems
    • Tragic Hero’s inner struggle -> Opposing Models of Reality
    • Old Medieval World -> Upcoming Humanism (Hamlet)
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  • 8. Comedies
    • Models:
      • Plautus, Terence
      • Commedia dell’Arte
      • Mystery and Morality Plays
      • Vernacular Comic Traditions
    • Structure:
      • Protagonist – Young Woman – Obstacles – Happy Ending
    Raffaele Nardella
  • 9. Romances
    • Incredible Plots
      • Mistaken ids, disguises, pretended deaths, supernatural elements
    • No Aristotelian Unities
      • Action, Time, Space
    • Setting
      • Remote, Exotic, Courtly
    • Tragicomedies
    • A Mix of Artifice and Reality
      • Play-within-the Play
    Raffaele Nardella

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