Pericles | Critical Essay by Steven Mullaney

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Pericles.
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Critical Essay by Steven Mullaney

SOURCE: Mullaney, Steven. “‘All That Monarchs Do’: The Obscured Stages of Authority in Pericles.” In The Place of the Stage: License, Play, and Power in Renaissance England, pp. 135-51. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

In the following essay, Mullaney argues that Pericles represents a dramatic experiment in which Shakespeare attempted to dissociate the dramatic art form from its popular context and instead re-imagines it as a “purely aesthetic phenomenon, free from history and from historical determination.”

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In 1605, the Queen's Revels Children performed Eastward Ho! at Blackfriars. The authors, Jonson, Chapman, and Marston, were soon apprehended and imprisoned, and for a time it was rumored that Jonson would suffer the loss of his nose and ears for satire directed against the king and his Scottish knights. A year later John...

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This section contains 7,608 words
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