The Resource Fat king, lean beggar : representations of poverty in the age of Shakespeare, William C. Carroll

Fat king, lean beggar : representations of poverty in the age of Shakespeare, William C. Carroll

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Fat king, lean beggar : representations of poverty in the age of Shakespeare
Title
Fat king, lean beggar
Title remainder
representations of poverty in the age of Shakespeare
Statement of responsibility
William C. Carroll
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Investigating representations of poverty in Tudor-Stuart England, Fat King, Lean Beggar reveals the gaps and outright contradictions in what poets, pamphleteers, government functionaries, and dramatists of the period said about beggars and vagabonds. William C. Carroll analyzes these conflicting "truths" and reveals the various aesthetic, political, and socio-economic purposes Renaissance constructions of beggary were made to serve
  • Carroll begins with a broad survey of both the official images and explanations of poverty and also their unsettling unofficial counterparts. This discourse defines and contains the beggar by continually linking him with his hierarchical inversion, the king. Carroll then turns his attention to the exemplary case of Nicholas Genings, perhaps the single most famous beggar of the period, whose machinations as fraudulent parasite and histrionic genius were chronicled by Thomas Harman. Carroll next assesses institutional responses to poverty by considering two hospitals for the destitute, Bridewell and Bedlam, and their role as real and symbolic places in Elizabethan drama
  • Fat King, Lean Beggar then focuses on dramatic inscriptions of poverty, primarily in Shakespeare's plays. Carroll's analysis of The Taming of the Shrew and The Winter's Tale links the tradition of the merry beggar to the socioeconomic forces of the day; and his reading of King Lear makes a case for the uniqueness of Edgar, the Bedlam beggar, in the history of drama. Carroll also considers later plays such as Fletcher and Massinger's Beggars' Bush and Richard Brome's Jovial Crew to show how idealizations of the beggar ironically equate him with a monarch in his supposed freedom
Cataloging source
DLC
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1945-
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Carroll, William C.
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3069.P67
LC item number
C37 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Literature and society
  • Literature and society
  • Poverty in literature
  • Beggars in literature
  • Poor in literature
  • Littérature et société
  • Littérature et société
  • Pauvreté dans la littérature
  • Mendiants dans la littérature
  • Pauvres dans la littérature
  • Beggars in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Political and social views
  • Poor in literature
  • Poverty in literature
  • Armoede
  • Bedelaars
  • Toneelstukken
  • Armut
  • Drama
  • Armut (Motiv)
  • Literatur
  • England
  • Englisch
  • England
Label
Fat king, lean beggar : representations of poverty in the age of Shakespeare, William C. Carroll
Link
https://archive.org/details/fatkingleanbegga00carr
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-230) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Discourses of Poverty -- 2. Thomas Harman and The Caveat for Commen Cursetors -- 3. Bedlam and Bridewell -- 4. "The Perill of Infection": Vagrancy, Sedition, and 2 Henry VI -- 5. "Would Not the Beggar Then Forget Himself?": Christopher Sly and Autolycus -- 6. "The Base Shall Top th'Legitimate": King Lear and the Bedlam Beggar -- 7. "Is Poverty a Vice?": The Disguise of Beggary
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780801431852
Lccn
95037296
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33079750
  • (OCoLC)ocm33079750
Label
Fat king, lean beggar : representations of poverty in the age of Shakespeare, William C. Carroll
Link
https://archive.org/details/fatkingleanbegga00carr
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-230) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Discourses of Poverty -- 2. Thomas Harman and The Caveat for Commen Cursetors -- 3. Bedlam and Bridewell -- 4. "The Perill of Infection": Vagrancy, Sedition, and 2 Henry VI -- 5. "Would Not the Beggar Then Forget Himself?": Christopher Sly and Autolycus -- 6. "The Base Shall Top th'Legitimate": King Lear and the Bedlam Beggar -- 7. "Is Poverty a Vice?": The Disguise of Beggary
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 237 pages
Isbn
9780801431852
Lccn
95037296
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33079750
  • (OCoLC)ocm33079750

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