Lancastrian Shakespeare: Region, Religion and
by Richard Dutton, Alison Gail
Findlay, Richard Wilson.
Paperback: 276 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press; illustrated edition edition (19 Feb
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Exploring the network of social, political and spiritual
connections in north west England during Shakespeare's formative years, this text
discusses how the cultural context in which the apprentice dramatist worked may
have shaped him as an artist.
It provides readings of "Twelfth
Night", "Romeo and Juliet" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and explores the
position of Lancashire as a Catholic stronghold and home to Counter-Refomation
missionaries in opposition to the attempts of central government to create a united
state. The text also introduces the reader to the non-metropolitan theatre spaces
which formed a vital part of Early Modern dramatic activity.
Alison Gail Findlay is Senior Lecturer in English
Literature at the University of Lancaster Richard Dutton is Professor of English
Literature at the University of Lancaster Richard Wilson is Professor of
Renaissance Literature in the Department of English at the University of