Shakespeare the Formalist: Reading and Rewriting John Marston in the Poets' War.

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Date: Spring 2021
Publisher: University of Texas at Austin (University of Texas Press)
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 10,948 words
Lexile Measure: 1680L

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This essay argues that Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Troilus and Cressida were strongly influenced by the early plays of John Marston, particularly Antonio and Mellida. Because Shakespeare's debts in these plays are both ideological and formal, attention to his borrowings can help critics understand how Shakespeare positioned himself in the era's theatrical marketplace even as they reveal the range of forms in which Shakespeare read, thought, and wrote, and that were constitutive elements of his drama. KEYWORDS: Shakespeare, Marston, Jonson, Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, Antonio and Melkda, Jack Drum's Entertainment, form

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A656702604