Publisher description for Shakespeare's festive world : Elizabethan seasonal entertainment and the professional stage / Francois Laroque ; translated by Janet Lloyd.


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Counter François Laroque's new perspective on Shakespeare's relation to popular culture has quickly become a classic of scholarship. Available now in paperback, the book opens new possibilities for Shakespeare studies, revealing the connections between his plays and the folklore, customs, games, and celebrations of the Elizabethan festive tradition. This acclaimed study shows how Shakespeare mingled popular culture with aristocratic and royal forms of entertainment in ways that combined or clashed to produce new meaning.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Knowledge Manners and customs, Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Knowledge Folklore, Festivals England History 16th century, Holidays England History 16th century, Theater England History 16th century, England Social life and customs 16th century, Literature and folklore England History 16th century, Great Britain History Elizabeth, 1558-1603, Folklore in literature, Seasons in literature, Manners and customs in literature