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Lecture one:  Shakespeare’s life: apr 23 1564- apr 23 1616 o Writing life: 1590-1613  Shakespeare writes in an Early Modern and Renaissance period  Difference between Early Modern and Renaissance? o Renaissance = rebirth (rebirth of classical arts & culture)  16 c (1500’s) to mid/late 17 century  Recovering a lot of ancient writing  Culmination of culture  enlightenment period o Early Modern = doesn’t look backwards like renaissance  Seeds of our origin (looking forward)  Shakespeare’s world: Early modern London o Img: background = buildings; middle = river; forefront= liberties (place outside legal jurisdiction of the city  all illegal things happen incld theatres)  Shakespeare’s world: Early Modern Playhouse  1596 drawing of swan theatre= earliest img we have  Rebuilt globe theatre, London England  Playhouses = open, outdoors  Queen Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII o Death= 1603  Shakes = Renaissance London  Early Modern theatres  invention of Early modern London  Moment of Shakes’s writing too  Before: travelling
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