Discourses of Service in Shakespeare’s England

  • Authors
  • David Evett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. David Evett
    Pages 1-16
  3. David Evett
    Pages 17-33
  4. David Evett
    Pages 35-54
  5. David Evett
    Pages 55-79
  6. David Evett
    Pages 81-108
  7. David Evett
    Pages 159-181
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 213-286

About this book


One way and another, nearly all of Shakespeare's countrymen and women (including the playwright himself) spent at least parts of their lives as servants of someone else. But until now that fact has gone largely unregarded. This book remedies the oversight, by showing how the ideals and practices of early modern service affect dozens of characters in almost all the plays, in ways that enrich our understanding of familiar figures like Iago and Falstaff and enhance the significance of lesser-known people and events across the canon. And it introduces an important concept, volitional primacy, into contemporary critical discourse.


concept discourse England event freedom gender liberty Materialism play understanding violence William Shakespeare women

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