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The “new social history” has exploded the myth that Shakespeare’s society comprised a culture of obedience. Repositioning his works in the popular politics of his period, social historians and literary critics reassess Shakespeare’s presentation of power and authority.

Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depths of Politics The Huntington

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The “new social history” has exploded the myth that Shakespeare’s society comprised a culture of obedience. Repositioning his works in the popular politics of his period, social historians and literary critics reassess Shakespeare’s presentation of power and authority.

    Welcome by Steve Hindle

    Welcome by Steve Hindle

    Steve Hindle welcomes participants and attendees to the “Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depths of Politics” conference, held at the Huntington Library on April 17-18, 2015. Hindle is the W. M. Keck Foundation Director of Research at The Huntington.

    • 7 min
    Opening Remarks by Chris Fitter

    Opening Remarks by Chris Fitter

    Chris Fitter begins the event with opening remarks at the “Rethinking Shakespeare in the Social Depths of Politics” conference, held at the Huntington Library on April 17-18, 2015. Fitter is Professor of English at Rutgers University, Camden.

    • 19 min
    Popularity and its Discontents: Staging Politics on the Shakespearean Stage

    Popularity and its Discontents: Staging Politics on the Shakespearean Stage

    Peter Lake discusses “Popularity and its Discontents: Staging Politics on the Shakespearean Stage”. Lake is Distinguished Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. This talk was included in the session titled, “Popularity and Popular Politics in Early Modern England”.

    • 28 min
    Popularity and the Arts of Rhetoric: Julius Caesar in Context

    Popularity and the Arts of Rhetoric: Julius Caesar in Context

    Markku Peltonnen discusses “Popularity and the Arts of Rhetoric: Julius Caesar in Context”. Peltonnen is History Faculty at the University of Helsinki. This talk was included in the session titled, “Popularity and Popular Politics in Early Modern England”.

    • 31 min
    Shakespeare’s Overview: Did He Have Any Theory of English Historical Development?

    Shakespeare’s Overview: Did He Have Any Theory of English Historical Development?

    David Rollison discusses “Shakespeare’s Overview: Did He Have Any Theory of English Historical Development?”. Rollison is the Honorary Research Associate of History at the University of Sydney. This talk was included in the session titled, “Conceptualizing Commoners and Social Struggle”.

    • 45 min
    “Brave minds and hard hands”: Drama and Social Relations in the Hungry 1590’s

    “Brave minds and hard hands”: Drama and Social Relations in the Hungry 1590’s

    Andy Wood discusses “‘Brave minds and hard hands’: Drama and Social Relations in the Hungry 1590’s”. Wood is Professor of Social History at Durham University. This talk was included in the session titled, “Class Rebellion in Henry VI Part Two”.

    • 41 min

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