Falstaff on Tour: County, town, and country in the late Elizabethan theatre Professor Neil Rhodes, University of St Andrews
The Annual Distinguished Patrides Lecture
Why does Falstaff travel to York via Gloucestershire in Henry the Fourth, part two? And why does Shakespeare interrupt his second tetralogy of history plays to take his most famous comic character to Windsor in the Merry Wives? This lecture will use Falstaff’s tour of England in these two plays to explore an idea of the country founded upon local identities rather than on the overarching appeal of nationhood. Drawing upon chorography and social history, it will focus on the association of people and place and offer a view of England from the ground up rather than through the more imposing structures of political narrative and symbolic form.
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