Alternative Shakespeares

Alternative Shakespeares

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When critical theory met literary studies in the 1970s and '80s, some of the most radical and exciting theoretical work centred on the quasi-sacred figure of Shakespeare. In Alternative Shakespeares, John Drakakis brought together key essays by founding figures in this movement to remake Shakespeare studies.

A new afterword by Robert Weimann outlines the extraordinary impact of Alternative Shakespeares on academic Shakespeare studies. But as yet, the Shakespeare myth continues to thrive both in Stratford and in our schools. These essays are as relevant and as powerful as they were upon publication and with a contributor list that reads like a 'who's who' of modern Shakespeare studies, Alternative Shakespeares demands to be read.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 132.08 x 199.14 x 20.83mm | 295g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 0415287235
  • 9780415287234
  • 1,134,867

Table of contents

General Editor's Preface. List of Illustrations. Contributors. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction: John Drakakis 2. Swisser-Swatter: making a man of English letters: Terence Hawkes 3. Post-structuralist Shakespeare: text and ideology: Christopher Norris 4. Deconstructing Shakespeare's comedies: Malcolm Evans 5. Sexulaity in the reading of Shakespeare: Hamlet and Measure for Measure: Jacqueline Rose 6. Reading the signs: towards a semiotics of Shakespearean drama: Alessandro Serpieri, translated by Keir Elam 7. Shakespeare in ideology: James H. Kavanagh 8. Disrupting sexual difference: meaning and gender in the comedies: Catherine Belsey 9. Nymphs and reapers heavily vanish: the discursive con-texts of The Tempest: Francis Barker and Peter Hulme 10. History and ideology: the instance of Henry V: Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield 11. Afterword: Robert Weimann.
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"The book is even more a necessity than it was when it was first published by Methuen in 1985. Nobody has improved (in my view) on the deconstructions herein or gone significantly past the post-structuralist approaches put to work here. This is more than a milestone in Shakespearian criticism; it is a direction indicator."
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About John Drakakis

The Editor, John Drakakis, is Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling. Contributing authors include Francis Barker, Catherine Belsey, Jonathan Dollimore, John Drakakis, Keir Elam, Malcolm Evans, Terence Hawkes, Peter Hulme, James Kavanagh, Christopher Norris, Jacqueline Rose, Alessandro Serpieri, Alan Sinfield.
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