A Place in the Story: Servants and Service in Shakespeare's Plays

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University of Delaware Press, 2005 - 339 страници
This book explores the virtues Shakespeare made of the cultural necessities of servants and service. Although all of Shakespeare's plays feature servants as characters, and many of these characters play prominent roles, surprisingly little attention has been paid to them or to the concept of service. A Place in the Story is the first book-length overview of the uses Shakespeare makes of servant-characters and the early modern concept of service. Service was not only a fact of life in Shakespeare's era, but also a complex ideology. The book discusses service both as an ideal and an insult, examines how servants function in the plays, and explores the language of service. Other topics include loyalty, advice, messengers, conflict, disobedience, and violence. Servants were an intrinsic part of early modern life and Shakespeare found servant-characters and the concept of service useful in many different ways. Linda Anderson teaches at Virginia Polytechnic University.
 

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The lives of other Introduction
19
What duty is Service as Ideal and Indignity
30
The need we have to use you Uses of Servants
63
The mere words a slave Language and Service
88
If I last in this service Loyalty and Disloyalty
116
Good counsel Servants Advice and Commentary
143
Messengers
158
Tis proper I obey him but not now Conflicts of Service
177
Every good servant does not all commands The Duty to Disobey
200
Duty in his service perishing Servants and Violence
219
Remember I have done thee worthy service Conclusion
237
Notes
243
Bibliography
313
Index
331
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