Shakespeare’s Drama of Exile

  • Jane Kingsley-Smith

Part of the Palgrave Shakespeare Studies book series (PASHST)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Jane Kingsley-Smith
    Pages 1-30
  3. Jane Kingsley-Smith
    Pages 137-158
  4. Jane Kingsley-Smith
    Pages 174-177
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 178-237

About this book


Exile defines the Shakespearean canon, from The Two Gentlemen of Verona to The Two Noble Kinsmen . This book traces the influences on the drama of exile, examining the legal context of banishment (pursued against Catholics, gypsies and vagabonds) in early modern England; the self-consciousness of exile as an amatory trope; and the discourses by which exile could be reshaped into comedy or tragedy. Across genres, Shakespeare's plays reveal a fascination with exile as the source of linguistic crisis, shaped by the utterance of that word 'Banished'.


bibliography catholics colonialism comedy consciousness crisis discourse drama England exile King Lear knowledge play tragedy William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  • Jane Kingsley-Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of HullUK

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