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Title: Shakespeare's stage and James's state : negotiating the late Queen's famous memory, 1604-1610
Author: Frost, Briony Susan
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2012
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The regeneration of Elizabeth's mythology is usually understood to have begun around 1610 and peaked during 16205. Michael Dobson and Nicola 1. Watson, Lisa Hopkins, and John Watkins have examined the reanimation of the late Queen's image in portraiture, poems and plays, such as If You Know Not Me You Know Nobody (1605/6) and All is True or The Famous Life and History of Henry VIII (1613) and her afterlife up to the twenty-first century. However, current discussions have only scratched the surface regarding the ways her famous memory was employed, exorcised, and negotiated by James during the first decade of the Stuart dynasty. This study will read his own representations of Elizabeth in the royal writings he circulated in London on the eve of her death, his orchestration of her funeral and his attempts to mould her posthumous reputation via the construction of her monument and epitaph. His acts will not be considered in isolation but as part of a broader series of public and semi-public literary discussions in which matters of Elizabeth's government are selectively remembered and forgotten during the first decade of the Jacobean era. James's patronage of the King's Men, I will argue, is symptomatic of his cultivation of a literary community through which his ideologies and iconographies could be disseminated. Consequently many of Shakespeare's early Jacobean plays reflect, and reflect upon, the King's publications and preoccupations. The Greenwich plays, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra, will provide the lens through which this thesis will explore the influence of the succession's aftermath on Shakespeare's early Jacobean drama and track one part of his evolution from Elizabethan playwright to becoming a King's Man. How, I will ask, was Elizabeth's famous memory posthumously negotiated in the writings and actions of her successor and how, in tum, were the political tensions between the new monarch and the old represented and negotiated on Shakespeare's stage?
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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