Degree Year

1975

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Advisor(s)

Robert Longsworth

Keywords

William Shakespeare, Playwrights

Abstract

Almost all English drama suffers from the awful curse of having been written either before or after the works of William Shakespeare. It is generally admitted that no English dramatist rivals Shakespeare ; as a result, ever since the invention of "literacy criticism" sometime in the nineteenth century, Shakespeare has received the lion's share of critical attention paid to the theater. Later playwrights have, indeed, been given a certain amount of critical treatment. The real losers have been the plays written before Shakespeare's time-- the theater of the Middle Ages.

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