Publisher description for The drama of landscape : land, property, and social relations on the early modern stage / Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.
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This book explores the ways in which a range of early modern plays - including Shakespeare's King Lear, and Heywood's Edward IV, and the anonymous Arden of Faversham - intervene in the reconceptualization of land and land ownership in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The author also looks at landscape in a variety of other texts, including ballads, estate surveys, county atlases, the city and the estate. Landscape has come to be seen as inseparable from texts produced in accordance with the values of aristocratic landowners. Literary critics have offered no alternative to this view. Drawing on the broader view offered by geographers, the author analyzes the variety of landscapes that reveal distinct modes of engagement with the land itself. These are indivisible from a range of social practices, from the communal traversing of parish boundaries to gathering firewood, and are also registered in early modern drama.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: English drama Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 History and criticism, Landscape in literature, Literature and society Great Britain History 16th century, Literature and society Great Britain History 17th century, Social classes in literature, Land tenure in literature, Property in literature