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Shakespeare and James I

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0291  Tuesday, 10 July 2012

 

[1] From:        Ros Barber < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         July 9, 2012 6:33:17 AM EDT

     Subject:     RE: Shakespeare and James I 

 

[2] From:        Ros Barber < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

     Date:         July 9, 2012 6:33:17 AM EDT

     Subject:     RE: Shakespeare and James I 

 

 

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From:        Sylvia Morris < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 8, 2012 3:37:44 PM EDT

Subject:     RE: Shakespeare and James I

 

>I was recently watching Simon Schama’s recent Shakespeare

>documentary, and he essentially makes a point that, during an early

>production of Hamlet, you would have a staging of the dumb show

>prefacing The Mousetrap, within Hamlet, all watched by King James I,

>whose recent familial history would have given the scenes telescoping

>in front of him additional personal significance. 

>

>It got me wondering more about Shakespeare’s relationship to James,

>and I thought that I might ask if anybody had any good recommendations

>for books that discuss this relationship, or just good books about the life

>of James.

 

Reply to Aaron Azlant: I enjoyed Alvin B Kernan’s Shakespeare, The King’s Playwright

 

http://yalebooks.co.uk/display.asp?K=9780300072587

 

Sylvia Morris

www.theshakespeareblog.com

 

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From:        Ros Barber < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >

Date:         July 9, 2012 6:33:17 AM EDT

Subject:     RE: Shakespeare and James I

 

The first full exploration of the connections between Hamlet and James I was Lilian Winstanley’s book Hamlet and the Scottish Succession (CUP, 1921).  Although her thesis was apparently scorned and dismissed at the time, it contains numerous interesting observations, some of which have recently been revived (without crediting Winstanley) by Howard Erskine-Hill and Andrew Hadfield.

 

You can find the full text of Winstanley’s book here:   http://archive.org/details/hamletandscottis00winsuoft

 

Andrew Hadfield’s brief exploration of Hamlet/James I links can be found in “Shakespeare and Renaissance Politics” (Arden Shakespeare, 2004, pp.87-88)

 

See also 

 

Erskine-Hill, Poetry and the Realm of Politics (OUP 1996, pp.99-111)

 

Stuart M. Kurland, ‘Hamlet and the Scottish succession’, SEL 34 (1994), 279-300.

 

Rosalind Barber

 
 

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