The Idea of the City in the Age of Shakespeare (Paperback)

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The Idea of the City in the Age of Shakespeare (Paperback)

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Gail Kern Paster explores the role of the city in the works of William Shakespeare, Thomas Middleton, and Ben Jonson. Paster moves beyond the usual presentation of the city-country dichotomy to reveal a series of oppositions that operate within the city's walls. These oppositions--city of God and city of man, Jerusalem and Rome, bride of the Lamb and whore of Babylon, ideal and real--together create a dual image of the city as a visionary ideal society and as a predatory trap, founded in fratricide, shadowed in guilt. In the theater, this duality affects the fate of early modern city dwellers, who exemplify even as they are controlled by this contradictory reality.
GAIL KERN PASTER is the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and editor of the Shakespeare Quarterly. She is the author of Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage and The Body Embarrassed: Drama and the Disciplines of Shame in Early Modern England.
Product Details ISBN: 9780820338576
ISBN-10: 0820338575
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: February 28th, 2012
Pages: 264
Language: English