n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist, Lukas Erne : book review

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1011-582X



Extracted from text ... LUKAS ERNE. Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 287 pp. Reviewed by RON HALL In this persuasive book - likely to upset several critics, editors and textual scholars - Lukas Erne of the University of Geneva challenges a number of twentieth-century views on Shakespeare's relationship, as playwright, to the world of literary publishing and reception in his time. Shakespeare, Erne argues, far from being merely a stage-text supplier indifferent to the lasting value of his work, was (not unlike like Ben Jonson, after all) a consciously literary author. To a degree not yet fully realised, "Shakespeare ..

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