Shakespeare and the Mannerist Tradition: A Reading of Five Problem Plays

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Cambridge University Press, 1995 - Drama - 197 pages
This book contends that Shakespeare's so-called "problem plays" can be viewed as experiments in the Mannerist style. The plays reappraised here are Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure. Maquerlot reveals intriguing analogies between Shakespeare's plays and the structural ambiguity of certain Italian Mannerist paintings, establishing the relevance to drama of a concept imported from the field of visual art.

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Contents

The problem of Mannerism
7
towards a definition of Mannerism
17
Mannerism in reaction to formalism
49
Julius Caesar and dramatic coquetry
72
Hamlet optical effects
87
Troilus and Cressida 1 18
118
Mostrar lartc Alls ellThatEnds ell and Measure for Measure
146
The end of the Mannerist moment
170
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