Shakespeare and the Popular Tradition in the Theater (Paperback)

Studies in the Social Dimension of Dramatic Form and Function

By Robert Weimann

Johns Hopkins University Press, 9780801835063, 352pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 1987

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Criticism based on literary or formalist conceptions of structure or on the history of ideas, Robert Weimann contends, has removed Shakespeare from the theater, and the theater from society at large. 'It is only when Elizabethan society, theater, and language are seen as interrelated that the structure of Shakespeare's dramatic art emerges as fully functional, that is, as part of a larger, and not only literary, whole.'