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The Sociology of Shakespeare

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George V. Zito

A study in the sociology of the Shakespearean literature, this book explores patterns of meanings and searches for the underlying cognitive structures of action. Such oddities as Shakespeare's motherless daughter characters and his manipulation of various social roles are examined. The plays and the demography and ecology of 17th century London provide the background for theoretical research on social permanence and change.
Contents: Shakespearean plays, cognitive structures and language theoretically examined in light of theories of social change.