Brett Gamboa, Lawrence Switzky
November 25, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367429072 - CAT# K454817
Series: Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture
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Severed heads, floating daggers, enchanted handkerchiefs, and moving statues have tantalized Shakespeare’s readers and audiences for centuries. Shakespeare’s Things: Shakespearean Theatre and the Non-Human World in History, Theory, and Performance invites new critical attention to non-human agents and influences, while aiming to revolutionize the interpretations of the uncanny, the supernatural, and the fantastic in Shakespeare’s plays.
Introduction: The King is a Thing—and so is Everything Else-- Brett Gamboa and Lawrence Switzky
PART I: "The Thing Itself": The Nonhuman World in its Early Modern Contexts
Chapter 1. "A World of Dirt and Feet: Shoes, Actors, and the Creation of Theatrical Space" -- Natasha Korda (Wesleyan University)
Chapter 2. "Duelling Temporalities of Persons and Things: Mirrors and Queer Materialism in Macbeth" -- John Garrison (Carroll University)
Chapter 3. "Semi-Life and Theatrical Representation: Infants on Shakespeare’s Stages -- Megan Snell (University of Texas at Austin)
Chapter 4. "‘Rush to Knowledge’: Breath, Speech, and Wind between the Human and the Nonhuman in The Winter’s Tale" -- Julia Lupton (UC Irvine)
Chapter 5. "Science, Politics, and Sovereignty: Vitalism and Early Modern Theories of Materiality in King Lear" -- Aaron Greenberg (Northwestern University)
PART II: "Things in Heaven and Earth": Theorizing the Non-Human Turn with Shakespeare
Chapter 6. "T. S. Eliot and His Problems: Human Emotions and Compliant Objects in Hamlet" -- Andrew Sofer (Boston College)
Chapter 7. "Beyond the Pathetic Fallacy: Human and Nonhuman Subjectivities in Macbeth and King Lear" -- Giles Whiteley (Stockholm University)
Chapter 8. "Feminist Things: Shakespeare’s Women, De-Animated and Re-Animated" -- Kelsey Blair (Simon Fraser University)
Chapter 9. "The Obligation to Keep: Gift Economies and the Inalienability of Things in The Merchant of Venice and Measure for Measure" -- Peter Saval (Brown University)
PART III: "Carnal, Bloody and Unnatural Acts": Things in Performance
Chapter 10. "Puppets Dallying: Performing Objects and Shakespearean Theatricality" -- Kenneth Gross (University of Rochester)
Chapter 11. "Human Remains: Acting, Objects, and Belief in Performance" -- Aoife Monks (Queen Mary, University of London)
Chapter 12. "Shakespeare as Props Master" -- Brett Gamboa (Dartmouth College)
Chapter 13. "Macbeth and the Avant-Garde Marionette: Nonhuman Shakespeare and the Origins of Theatrical Symbolism" -- Lucian Ghita (Clemson University)
Chapter 14. "Gordon Craig’s Staging of Hamlet and King Lear: Modernist Adaptations of Shakespeare" -- Christopher Innes (York University)
Chapter 15. "Art, Objecthood, and the Extended Audience: Forced Entertainment’s Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare" -- Lawrence Switzky (University of Toronto)
Chapter 16. "Interview with Forced Entertainment: Compete Works: Table Top Shakespeare"
Chapter 17. "Afterword: Shake That Thing" -- Marjorie Garber (Harvard University)
"In Shakespeare’s Things: Shakespearean Theatre and the Non-Human World in History, Theory, and Performance, Brett Gamboa and Lawrence Switzky offer an imaginative collection of fifteen essays catching the wave of the "non-human turn" in the humanities to search out new territory for the agency of things in Shakespeare’s plays and their performances. Things that do things are essential to the work of theatre, a thingy agency bespeaking the stage as practicing a kind of new materialism avant la lettre. Tracing the animating power of mirrors and shoes, skulls and puppets, rag-bundle "babies" and an actively ecological (not merely symbolic) setting, the essays gathered here resituate the porous—play/stage; stage/world—identities of dramatic theatre, notably by vigorously negotiating the consequential slippage between things and us. Shakespeare’s Things, attending to the historical, theoretical, and theatrical work of things, fashions a network of interpretive, ethical, and philosophical questions that remake a staid confidence in the Shakespearean "human" at the interface with its defining, non-human others."
--W. B. Worthen, Alice Brady Pels Professor in the Arts, Barnard College, Columbia University
"This dynamic collection of essays explores the theatrical objects, vibrant matter, and more-than-human things that populate Shakespeare’s stage, demonstrating that the new in new materialism isn’t that new after all. Whether analyzing human remains, Elizabethan shoes, atmospheric conditions, or the peculiar powers of baby-props, the authors assembled here by editors Brett Gamboa and Lawrence Switzky offer fresh, engaging readings of Shakespeare’s plays on the page and in production. Shakespeare’s Things is a must-read collection for anyone interested in the intersection of new materialist thought, theatre history, and Shakespeare studies."
--Marlis Schweitzer, co-editor (with Joanne Zerdy), Performing Objects and Theatrical Things