Carnival and Theater (Routledge Revivals): Plebian Culture and The Structure of Authority in Renaissance England

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Routledge, Mar 18, 2014 - History - 250 pages

In this title, first published in 1985, Michael Bristol draws on several theoretical and critical traditions to study the nature and purpose of theatre as a social institution: on Marxism, and its revisions in the work of Mikhail Bakhtin; on the theories of Emile Durkheim and their adaptations in the work of Victor Turner; and on the history of social life and material culture as practiced by the Annales school. This valuable work is an important contribution to literary criticism, theatre studies and social history and has particular importance for scholars interested in the dramatic literature of Elizabethan England.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
The social function of festivity
Authority and the author function
The dialectic of laughter 9 Clowning anddevilment PART IV CARNIVALIZED LITERATURE
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