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Description - Shakespeare's Hobby-Horse and Early Modern Popular Culture by Natalia Pikli

  • The book fills a niche in early modern scholarship, no such comprehensive treatment of hobby-horse allusions was published before.
  • Relevant dictionaries and glossaries in critical editions will be much helped by the book, because it contextualizes and often corrects traditional explanations for the word 'hobby-horse.'
  • The comprehensive treatment of hobby-horse allusions, ranging from cultural history to theatrical, print productions and images allows for a fuller understanding of how popular culture worked in early modern England.
  • Comparative close readings of little known and canonical plays highlight differences between types of dramaturgical composition, and such conclusions may be useful for theatre practitioners even today.
  • The book caters for the interests of people coming from various fields: theatre, cultural history, literature, art history, folklore studies.
  • The book is written in an accessible language, guiding the reader informatively through a lot of early modern texts and concepts.

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