English 201 - Twelfth Night, Or What You Will

English 201 - Twelfth Night, Or What You Will - Twelfth...

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Unformatted text preview: Twelfth Night, or What You Will (ca. 1601) By William Shakespeare Elizabethan Drama The building of playhouses A means of poetic and dramatic expression Controversy and accusations Shakespeare's Dramas Scripts existed in his own handwritten ms or scribal copies for playhouses, perhaps some "pirated" copies written by actor or spectator Eighteen published during his life in quartos; 7 years after his death, large folio volume printed of 36 plays (1623) Anachronism inconsistency in setting; including something that would not have been accurate for the time and place depicted; common in Shakespeare drama but usually not that disruptive to the purpose of the play Not a social realist settings are not realistic portrayals of particular times and places, but "imaginative displacements into alternative worlds that remain strangely familiar" ...
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