Shakespeare and Modernity

Shakespeare and Modernity : Early Modern to Millennium

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This in-depth collection of essays traces the changing reception of Shakespeare over the past four hundred years, during which time Shakespeare has variously been seen as the last great exponent of pre-modern Western culture, a crucial inaugurator of modernity, and a prophet of postmodernity. This fresh look at Shakespeare's plays is an important contribution to the revival of the idea of 'modernity' and how we periodise ourselves, and Shakespeare, at the beginning of a new millennium.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 13.21mm | 318g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0415212014
  • 9780415212014
  • 1,931,655

Table of contents

Contributors Preface Acknowledgements Introduction 1. (Post) modern Elizabeth: Gender, Politics, and the Emergence of Modern Subjectivity 2. Ante-Aesthetics: Towards a Theory of Early Modern Audience Response 3. Shakespeare, Modernity and the Aesthetic: Art, Truth and Judgement in The Winters Tale 4. Measure for Measure and Modernity: The Problem of the Sceptic's Authority 5. 'Jew. Shylock is my name': Speech-prefixes in The Merchant of Venice as symptoms of the early modern 6. The Merchant of Venice: 'Modern' Anti-Semitism and the Veil of Allegory 7. Jewish Invader and the Soul of State: The Merchant of Venice and Science Fiction Movies 8. Shakespeare and the End of History: Period as Brand Name 9. The Hamlet Formerly Known as Prince Works Cited Index
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"I have personally purchased and studied every one of the new Accents on Shakespeare volumes in the new series edited by Terence Hawkes and repeatedly turn to them as resources for my own research and teaching. My students - graduate and undergraduate alike - find them invaluable, as I do. They are remarkably comprehensive, timely, and informative, and essential way to keep current with the fundamental ideas in Shakespearean criticism."
-Arthur F. Kinney, Thomas W. Copeland Professor of Literary History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Accents on Shakespeare is shaping up as everything a streetwise series of books on the Bard should be: engaged, imaginative, heretical and occasionally outrageous. No one who aims to have their finger on the pulse of Shakespeare studies can afford to ignore it."
-Kiernan Ryan Professor of English, Royal Holloway, University of London and Fellow of New Hall, University of Cambridge
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About Hugh Grady

Hugh Grady is Professor of English at Beaver College, Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of The Modernist Shakespeare (1991) and Shakespeare's Universal Wolf (1996).
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