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The English clown tradition from the middle ages to Shakespeare, Robert Hornback

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The English clown tradition from the middle ages to Shakespeare
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The English clown tradition from the middle ages to Shakespeare
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Robert Hornback
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Language
eng
Summary
From the late-medieval period through to the seventeenth century, English theatrical clowns carried a weighty cultural significance, only to have it stripped from them, sometimes violently, by the close of the Renaissance when the famed 'license' of fooling was effectively revoked. This groundbreaking survey of clown traditions in the period looks both at their history, and reveals their hidden cultural contexts and legacies; it has far-reaching implications not only for our general understanding of English clown types, but also their considerable role in defining social, religious and racial boundaries. It begins with an exploration of previously un-noted early representations of blackness in medieval psalters, cycle plays, and Tudor interludes, arguing that they are emblematic of folly and ignorance rather than of evil. Subsequent chapters show how protestants at Cambridge and at court, during the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward, patronised a clownish, iconoclastic Lord of Misrule; look at the Elizabethan puritan stage clown; and move on to a provocative reconsideration of the Fool in King Lear, drawing completely fresh conclusions. Finally, the epilogue points to the satirical clowning which took place surreptitiously in the Interregnum, and the (sometimes violent) end of 'licensed' folly--Publisher
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Hornback, Robert
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR658.C6
LC item number
H67 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Studies in Renaissance literature,
Series volume
v. 26
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Shakespeare, William
  • English drama
  • English drama (Comedy)
  • English drama
  • Clowns
  • Clowns
  • Clowns in literature
  • Fools and jesters in literature
  • Comic, The, in literature
  • Theater
  • Theater
  • Clown
  • Clown
  • Drama
  • Drama
  • Clown
  • Drama
  • Clown <Motiv>
  • Theater
  • Clowns
  • Clowns in literature
  • Comic, The, in literature
  • English drama
  • English drama (Comedy)
  • English drama
  • Fools and jesters in literature
  • Theater
  • England
  • England
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The English clown tradition from the middle ages to Shakespeare, Robert Hornback
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-222) and index
Contents
Introduction. Unearthing Yoricks : literary archeology and the ideologies of early English clowning -- Folly as proto-racism : blackface in the "natural" fool tradition -- "Sports and follies against the Pope" : Tudor evangelical lords of misrule -- "Verie devout asses" : ignorant Puritan clowns -- The fool "by art" : the all-licensed "artificial" fool in the King Lear quarto -- Epilogue. License revoked : ending an era
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 240 p.
Isbn
9781843842002
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2009502120
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)430987795
  • (OCoLC)ocn430987795
Label
The English clown tradition from the middle ages to Shakespeare, Robert Hornback
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-222) and index
Contents
Introduction. Unearthing Yoricks : literary archeology and the ideologies of early English clowning -- Folly as proto-racism : blackface in the "natural" fool tradition -- "Sports and follies against the Pope" : Tudor evangelical lords of misrule -- "Verie devout asses" : ignorant Puritan clowns -- The fool "by art" : the all-licensed "artificial" fool in the King Lear quarto -- Epilogue. License revoked : ending an era
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiii, 240 p.
Isbn
9781843842002
Isbn Type
(acid-free paper)
Lccn
2009502120
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)430987795
  • (OCoLC)ocn430987795

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