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Shakespearean constitutions : politics, theatre, criticism, 1730-1830
Bate, Jonathan.
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Publication Information:
Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xii, 234 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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PR2965 .B38 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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The first serious study of Shakespeare's pervasive presence in English cultural life in the 18th and early 19th centuries, this work examines how during times of political stress both "establishment" and "radical" culture tend to compete for possession of the national poet. In a groundbreaking analysis, Bate reveals this process at work in the brilliant political satires of Gillray, the Cruikshanks and other caricaturists, and in the performances and interpretation of the plays of the period, including such phenomena as Garrick's Jubilee and Boydell's picture gallery. At the very heart of the argument is Hazlitt, bringing Shakespeare to bear on contemporary life, responding to Edmund Kean in the theater, and developing radically new readings of the plays.

Author Notes

Jonathan Bate was born June 26, 1958. He is a British biographer, broadcaster, and leading Shakespeare scholar. He studied at Sevenoaks School, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. At Cambridge, he was a Fellow of Trinity Hall. While studying at Harvard, he held a Harness Fellowship.

Bate is a professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at the University of Warwick. He was previously King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool. He has also lectured at various universities in the United States. Bate is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature. He made the Samuel Johnson 2015 shortliast with his title Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life .

Bate lives near Stratford-upon-Avon and is married to author and biography, Paula Byrne. They have three children.