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Gothic Shakespeares

Gothic Shakespeares

John Drakakis, Dale Townshend
December 01, 2008

Readings of Shakespeare were both influenced by and influential in the rise of Gothic forms in literature and culture from the late eighteenth century onwards. Shakespeare’s plays are full of ghosts, suspense, fear-inducing moments and cultural anxieties which many writers in the Gothic mode have...

Presentist Shakespeares

Presentist Shakespeares

Hugh Grady, Terence Hawkes
November 27, 2006

Presentist Shakespeares is the first extended study of the principles and practice of 'presentism', a critical movement that takes account of the never-ending dialogue between past and present. In this bold and consistently thought-provoking collection of presentist readings, the contributors:...

Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality: Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism

Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality: Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism

Alan Sinfield
June 30, 2006

Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality is a powerful reassessment of cultural materialism as a way of understanding textuality, history and culture, by one of the founding figures of this critical movement. Alan Sinfield examines cultural materialism both as a body of ongoing argument and as it informs...

Green Shakespeare: From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism

Green Shakespeare: From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism

Gabriel Egan
April 12, 2006

Ecocriticism, a theoretical movement examining cultural constructions of Nature in their social and political contexts, is making an increasingly important contribution to our understanding of Shakespeare’s plays. Gabriel Egan's Green Shakespeare presents: an overview of the concept of...

Hamlet's Heirs: Shakespeare and The Politics of a New Millennium

Hamlet's Heirs: Shakespeare and The Politics of a New Millennium

Linda Charnes
April 06, 2006

Speaking to readers in a voice that is adventurous rather than authoritative, innovative rather than institutional and speculative rather than orthodox, Linda Charnes’ provocative study of Shakespeare’s legacy in contemporary American and British politics explores the following themes: namesake...

Spiritual Shakespeares

Spiritual Shakespeares

Ewan Fernie
August 25, 2005

Spiritual Shakespeares is the first book to explore the scope for reading Shakespeare spiritually in the light of contemporary theory and current world events. Ewan Fernie has brought together an exciting cast of critics in order to respond to the ‘religious turn’ in recent literary theory and to...

Making Shakespeare: From Stage to Page

Making Shakespeare: From Stage to Page

Tiffany Stern
February 12, 2004

Making Shakespeare is a lively introduction to the major issues of the stage and print history, whilst also raising questions about what a Shakespeare play actually is. Tiffany Stern reveals how London, the theatre, the actors and the way in which the plays were written and printed all affect the '...

Shakespeare in the Present

Shakespeare in the Present

Terence Hawkes
July 18, 2002

Shakespeare in the Present is a stunning collection of essays by Terence Hawkes, which engage with, explain, and explore 'presentism'. Presentism is a critical manoeuvre which uses relevant aspects of the contemporary as a crucial trigger for its investigations. It deliberately begins with the...

The Sound of Shakespeare

The Sound of Shakespeare

Wes Folkerth
June 27, 2002

The 'Sound of Shakespeare' reveals the surprising extent to which Shakespeare's art is informed by the various attitudes, beliefs, practices and discourses that pertained to sound and hearing in his culture. In this engaging study, Wes Folkerth develops listening as a critical practice, attending...

Shame in Shakespeare

Shame in Shakespeare

Ewan Fernie
November 22, 2001

One of the most intense and painful of our human passions, shame is typically seen in contemporary culture as a disability or a disease to be cured. Shakespeare's ultimately positive portrayal of the emotion challenges this view. Drawing on philosophers and theorists of shame, Shame in...

Shakespeare and Feminist Performance: Ideology on Stage

Shakespeare and Feminist Performance: Ideology on Stage

Sarah Werner
July 12, 2001

How do performances of Shakespeare change the meanings of the plays? In this controversial new book, Sarah Werner argues that the text of a Shakespeare play is only one of the many factors that give a performance its meaning. By focusing on The Royal Shakespeare Company, Werner demonstrates how...

Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis

Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis

Philip Armstrong
May 17, 2001

The link between psychoanalysis as a mode of interpretation and Shakespeare's works is well known. But rather than merely putting Shakespeare on the couch, Philip Armstrong focuses on the complex and fascinatingly fruitful mutual relationship between Shakespeare's texts and psychoanalytic theory....

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