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Casual Shakespeare: Three Centuries of Verbal Echoes

Casual Shakespeare: Three Centuries of Verbal Echoes

1st Edition

Regula Hohl Trillini
February 09, 2018

Casual Shakespeare is the first full-length study of the thousands of quotations both in and of Shakespeare's works which represent intertextuality outside of what is conventionally appreciated as literary value. Drawing on the insights gained as a result of a major, ongoing&...

Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World

Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference: Race and Conduct in the Early Modern World

1st Edition

Patricia Akhimie
January 24, 2018

Shakespeare and the Cultivation of Difference reveals the relationship between racial discrimination and the struggle for upward social mobility in the early modern world. Reading Shakespeare’s plays alongside contemporaneous conduct literature - how-to books on self-improvement - this book...

The Fictional Lives of Shakespeare

The Fictional Lives of Shakespeare

1st Edition

Kevin Gilvary
December 14, 2017

Modern biographies of William Shakespeare abound; however, close scrutiny of the surviving records clearly show that there is insufficient material for a cradle to grave account of his life, that most of what is written about him cannot be verified from primary sources, and that Shakespearean...

Jonson, Shakespeare, and Aristotle on Comedy

Jonson, Shakespeare, and Aristotle on Comedy

1st Edition

Jonathan Goossen
December 13, 2017

Jonson, Shakespeare, and Aristotle on Comedy relates new understandings of Aristotle’s dramatic theory to the comedy of Ben Jonson and William Shakespeare. Typically, scholars of Renaissance drama have treated Aristotle’s theory only as a possible historical influence on Jonson’s and Shakespeare’s...

SHAKESPEARE’S HAMLET IN AN ERA OF TEXTUAL EXHAUSTION

SHAKESPEARE’S HAMLET IN AN ERA OF TEXTUAL EXHAUSTION

1st Edition

Sonya Freeman Loftis, Allison Kellar, Lisa Ulevich
November 30, 2017

"Post-Hamlet: Shakespeare in an Era of Textual Exhaustion" examines how postmodern audiences continue to reengage with Hamlet in spite of our culture’s oversaturation with this most canonical of texts. Combining adaptation theory and performance theory with examinations of avant-garde performances...

Shakespeare’s Suicides: Dead Bodies That Matter

Shakespeare’s Suicides: Dead Bodies That Matter

1st Edition

Marlena Tronicke
November 28, 2017

Shakespeare’s Suicides: Dead Bodies That Matter is the first study in Shakespeare criticism to examine the entirety of Shakespeare’s dramatic suicides. It addresses all plays featuring suicides and near-suicides in chronological order from Titus Andronicus to Antony and Cleopatra, thus establishing...

Shakespeare's Lost Playhouse: Eleven Days at Newington Butts

Shakespeare's Lost Playhouse: Eleven Days at Newington Butts

1st Edition

Laurie Johnson
September 15, 2017

The playhouse at Newington Butts has long remained on the fringes of histories of Shakespeare’s career and of the golden age of the theatre with which his name is associated. A mile outside London, and relatively disused by the time Shakespeare began his career in the theatre, this playhouse has...

Women and Mobility on Shakespeare’s Stage: Migrant Mothers and Broken Homes

Women and Mobility on Shakespeare’s Stage: Migrant Mothers and Broken Homes

1st Edition

Elizabeth Mazzola
July 11, 2017

Long before the economist Amartya Sen proposed that more than 100 million women were missing—lost to disease or neglect, kidnapping or forced marriage, denied the economic and political security of wages or membership in a larger social order—Shakespeare was interested in such women’s plight, how...

Renaissance Ecopolitics from Shakespeare to Bacon: Rethinking Cosmopolis

Renaissance Ecopolitics from Shakespeare to Bacon: Rethinking Cosmopolis

1st Edition

Elizabeth D. Gruber
June 08, 2017

The work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries has often been the testing-ground for innovations in literary studies, but this has not been true of ecocriticism. This is partly because, until recently, most ecologically minded writers have located the origins of ecological crisis in the...

Shakespeare and Complexity Theory

Shakespeare and Complexity Theory

1st Edition

Claire Hansen
June 01, 2017

In this new monograph, Claire Hansen demonstrates how Shakespeare can be understood as a complex system, and how complexity theory can provide compelling and original readings of Shakespeare’s plays. The book utilises complexity theory to illuminate early modern theatrical practice, Shakespeare...

Shakespeare, Italy, and Transnational Exchange: Early Modern to Present

Shakespeare, Italy, and Transnational Exchange: Early Modern to Present

1st Edition

Enza De Francisci, Chris Stamatakis
May 16, 2017

This interdisciplinary, transhistorical collection brings together international scholars from English literature, Italian studies, performance history, and comparative literature to offer new perspectives on the vibrant engagements between Shakespeare and Italian theatre, literary culture, and...

Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel

Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel

1st Edition

Bi-qi Beatrice Lei, Judy Celine Ick, Poonam Trivedi
December 02, 2016

This volume gives Asia’s Shakespeares the critical, theoretical, and political space they demand, offering rich, alternative ways of thinking about Asia, Shakespeare, and Asian Shakespeare based on Asian experiences and histories. Challenging and supplementing the dominant critical and theoretical...

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