Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Anderson, Thomas

Committee Member

Bentley, Gregory

Committee Member

Creevy, Patrick

Date of Degree

1-1-2012

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Arts

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of English

Abstract

The allegorical representations of authority that reveal themselves in Shakespeare’s work mirror the political landscape of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. As the audience witnesses these reflections they inherently use them to craft an interpretation of the contemporary political and social world. Yet, Shakespeare’s allegorical representations do not simply reflect the political landscape; instead these representations reflect a distortion of reality crafted by Shakespeare. These distortions demonstrate the ability of performance to play a role in the historiographic process, and they illuminate the role of the artist in the shaping of history and memory.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/18311

Comments

memory||performance||historiographic||King John||Winter's Tale||James I||Elizabeth I||legacy

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