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Title: Texts and contexts : Shakespeare and verse in the eighteenth century.
Author: Alexander, Catherine May Saffrey.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3410 8181
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1996
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This study is an examination of eighteenth-century verses which employ Shakespeare and his work for reference, allusion or quotation. It suggests that they are valuable documents of cultural history which reflect and instigate changes in reception and perception, create images, spread knowledge, and establish a popular and enduring language to describe Shakespeare and his skills. It begins with an overview of eighteenth-century cultural taxonomies pointing to the use of Shakespeare's plays in the genre, the absence of his poems, and the exclusion of verse about him. Verses are then discussed in the contexts of editions of Shakespeare's collected works, the theatre, the 1769 Stratford Shakespeare Jubilee, and the development of women's writing. The final chapter considers alternative forms of classification which have been implicit in earlier sections nature, the use of Shakespearian characters and text, parody, and the work of the Warwickshire Coterie - before concluding with a quantitative summation of the material and an assessment of its significance and effect. Two Directories, arranged alphabetically by author, are provided at the end of the study and list over six-hundred 'Shakespearian' verses and two-hundred supplementary pieces which have informed the research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Literature