The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2224  Monday, 4 December 2000

From:           Chris Clark <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 01 Dec 2000 23:38:23 GMT
Subject:        Genre in Early Modern England


I'm analysing generic instability in the plays of Elizabethan/Jacobean
England. Does anyone recommend any essays/books/articles on this

I'm particularly focusing on the History Plays and the contemporary
understanding of the word "history." I consulted Raymond Williams'
Keywords, so often a great help, but his discussion does not go into
very much detail on the word in this period. I've got a number of
Chronicles out - what I'm looking for really is audience analysis and
preferably even diaries/journals/accounts - perhaps comparing the
(mainly Puritan) critics of the theatre with its defenders might be an
idea. Can anyone offer me some advice to give me a handle when
discussing this question?

Chris Clark
King's College London

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