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Limited Shakespeare: The Reason of Finitude

Limited Shakespeare: The Reason of Finitude

1st Edition

Julián Jiménez Heffernan
May 08, 2019

Shakespeare’s poetic-dramatic worlds are inescapably limited. There is always, in his poems and plays, a force (a contingent drive, a pre-textual undertow, a rational-critical momentum, an ironic stance, the deflections of error) coercing plot and meaning to their end. By examining the work of...

Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare: A New Attribution Method

Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare: A New Attribution Method

1st Edition

Barry R. Clarke
February 06, 2019

Francis Bacon's Contribution to Shakespeare advocates a paradigm shift away from a single-author theory of the Shakespeare work towards a many-hands theory. Here, the middle ground is adopted between competing so-called Stratfordian and alternative single-author conspiracy theories. In the process,...

Shakespeare’s Props: Memory and Cognition

Shakespeare’s Props: Memory and Cognition

1st Edition

Sophie Duncan
January 29, 2019

Cognitive approaches to drama have enriched our understanding of Early Modern playtexts, acting and spectatorship. This monograph is the first full-length study of Shakespeare’s props and their cognitive impact. Shakespeare’s most iconic props have become transhistorical, transnational metonyms for...

Shakespeare and Asia

Shakespeare and Asia

1st Edition

Jonathan Locke Hart
November 26, 2018

Shakespeare and Asia brings together innovative scholars from Asia or with Asian connections to explore these matters of East-West and global contexts then and now. The collection ranges from interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays and his relations with other authors like Marlowe and Dickens...

Shakespeare's Great Tragedies: Experiencing Their Impact

Shakespeare's Great Tragedies: Experiencing Their Impact

1st Edition

John Hardy
October 15, 2018

Shakespeare's great tragedies portray through their richly imagined worlds the inescapable fact of human mortality. As the work of a great creative genius, they are so diverse that critical formulas used to describe their overall impact tend to be somewhat suspect. Their impact follows from a...

Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas:

Shakespeare and Indian Cinemas: "Local Habitations"

1st Edition

Poonam Trivedi, Paromita Chakravarti
August 06, 2018

This book is the first to explore the rich archive of Shakespeare in Indian cinemas, including less familiar, Indian language cinemas to contribute to the assessment of the expanding repertoire of Shakespeare films worldwide. Essays cover mainstream and regional Indian cinemas such as the better...

Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies

Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies

1st Edition

Dennis Austin Britton, Melissa Walter
April 06, 2018

This book asks new questions about how and why Shakespeare engages with source material, and about what should be counted as sources in Shakespeare studies. The essays demonstrate that source study remains an indispensable mode of inquiry for understanding Shakespeare, his authorship and audiences,...

Shakespearean Temporalities: History on the Early Modern Stage

Shakespearean Temporalities: History on the Early Modern Stage

1st Edition

Lukas Lammers
March 29, 2018

Shakespearean Temporalities addresses a critical neglect in Early Modern Performance and Shakespeare Studies, revising widely prevailing and long-standing assumptions about the performance and reception of history on the early modern stage. Demonstrating that theatre, at the turn of the seventeenth...

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...

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