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Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book$
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Charlotte Scott

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212101.001.0001

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Introduction: ‘Give me that glass, and therein will I read’

Introduction: ‘Give me that glass, and therein will I read’

(p.1) 1 Introduction: ‘Give me that glass, and therein will I read’
Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book

Charlotte Scott (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This book explores the idea of the book within William Shakespeare’s plays. Specifically focusing on seven of his plays, the book is examined, both materially and metaphorically, as it is manifest on Shakespeare’s stage. Working from the plays outward, the book is traced from its immediate theatrical impact to its broader implications within Elizabethan or Jacobean discourse. The chapters are devised chronologically, to expose the various definitions and significations through which the book moves during Shakespeare’s dramatic career. The vagaries, subtleties, and paradoxes of interpretation and mimesis begin to emerge as the interrelationships between two complex media of expression and reflection are followed. The book both betrays and belongs to the representational body of the theatre.

Keywords:   William Shakespeare, book, metaphors, plays, drama, theatre, England, culture

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