Playhouse and Cosmos: Shakespearean Theater as Metaphor

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University of Delaware Press, 1985 - Literary Criticism - 188 pages
Playhouse and Cosmos systematically and comprehensively describes the function of theater and role-playing as metaphors in Shakespearean drama. The author examines this metaphor's revelatory and liberating power and concludes by affirming, with Shakespeare, the creative power of theatricality in life and in art.
 

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Contents

Playhouse Architecture and the Poetics of Theatrical Space
23
Reality in Play Playhouse as Emblem Performance as Metaphor
45
Reality and Play in Dramatic Fiction
67
Theatrical Fiction and the Reality of Love in As You Like It
86
Heroism History and the Theater in Henry V
102
From Community to Society Cultural Transformation in Macbeth
126
Conclusion
148
Notes
152
Works Cited
171
Index
185
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