Beginning Shakespeare

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Manchester University Press, 2005 M05 6 - 212 páginas

Beginning Shakespeare introduces students to the study of Shakespeare, and grounds their understanding of his work in theoretical discourses. After an introductory survey of the dominant approaches of the past, seven chapters examine the major current critical approaches to Shakespeare; psychoanalysis, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism, gender studies, queer theory, postcolonial criticism and performance criticism. A further chapter looks at the growing roles of biography, attribution studies and textual studies.

Each chapter analyses the strengths and weaknesses of a particular perspective, allowing students to gain a clear critical purchase on the respective approaches, and to make informed choices between them. Each chapter ends with a list of suggested further reading and interactive exercises based on the key issues raised.

An invaluable introduction, essential for anyone studying Shakespeare, Beginning Shakespeare offers students a map of the current critical practices, and a sense of the possibilities for developing their own approaches.

 

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Contenido

Introduction
1
Critical histories
5
enter Shakespear
11
Enshrinement
13
A C Bradley and character study
16
images and patterns
21
Tillyard and the Elizabethan world picture
26
Shakespeare our contemporary
31
Terence Hawkes and the politics of meaning
105
Further reading
109
New factualisms
111
Attribution studies
118
Editing
124
Further reading
132
Gender studies and queer theory
134
Boy actors
137

Further reading
34
Psychoanalysis
36
Freud and his early followers
39
C G Jung and the theory of types and archetypes
44
Jacques Lacan and the theory of the subject
51
PostLacanian psychoanalytic approaches
58
Further reading
61
New Historicism
63
Invisible Bullets
71
New Historicism meets psychoanalysis
74
Leonard Tennenhouse and the interest in power
77
New Historicism meets gender
82
Further reading
87
Cultural Materialism
89
a landmark text
91
literature and power
94
Political feminisms
140
Queer theory
151
Further reading
160
Postcolonial criticism
162
The Tempest
164
Postcolonial Tempests
180
Othello
183
Further reading
186
Shakespeare in performance
188
Henry V in performance
193
The Olivier version
197
StratforduponAvon
198
Political performance criticism
206
Further reading
209
Index
210
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Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University.

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