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Shakespeare and the Politics of Commoners: Digesting the New Social History

Chris Fitter


This book is a highly original contribution to our understanding of Shakespeare’s plays in two ways. First, it breaks important new ground in introducing readers, lay and scholarly alike, to the existence and character of the political culture of the mass of ordinary commoners in Shakespeare’s England, as revealed by the recent findings of ‘the new social history’. Demonstrating the vibrant, critical, and philosophically dissident politics of plebeians in the Tudor period, the volume thereby helps challenge the traditional myths of a non-political commons and a culture of obedience. Second, it ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Tudor period, new social history, commoner, plebeian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198806899
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Fitter, editor
Professor of English, Rutgers University