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List of illustrations Foreword Sir Keith Thomas Preface Part I. Introduction: Festivity During the Elizabethan Age: 1. Festivity and popular beliefs in the Elizabethan age 2. Festivity and society in Shakespeare's time 3. The calendar 4. The cycle of calendary festivals 5. The non-calendary festivals Part II. Introduction: Some Anthropological and Historical Perspectives on Literary Analysis: 6. Festivity and dramatic structure: methodological problems 7. Festivity and time in Shakespeare's plays 8. Festivity and society in Shakespeare's plays 9. Festivity and its images in Shakespeare's plays 10. Othello and the festive traditions Conclusion Notes Bibliography Appendix I: Calendars Appendix II: Iconography Index.