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Accents on Shakespeare


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The Accents on Shakespeare series provides short, powerful 'cutting edge' accounts of and comments on new developments in Shakespeare studies. The volumes either 'apply' theory, or broaden and adapt it in order to connect with concrete teaching concerns. In the process, they also reflect and engage with the major developments in Shakespearean studies of the last ten years.

Since the New Accents series was established, 'theory' as a fundamental feature of the study of literature, the need for short, 'cutting-edge' accounts of and comments on new developments in literary studies has increased enormously. In the case of Shakespeare, Accents on Shakespeare supplies an exciting range of provocative new titles. The books in the series either apply theory, or broaden and adapt it to connect with teaching concerns. In the process they also reflect and engage with the major developments in Shakespearean studies of recent years.

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The Sound of Shakespeare

The Sound of Shakespeare

1st Edition

Wes Folkerth
June 27, 2002

The 'Sound of Shakespeare' reveals the surprising extent to which Shakespeare's art is informed by the various attitudes, beliefs, practices and discourses that pertained to sound and hearing in his culture. In this engaging study, Wes Folkerth develops listening as a critical practice, attending ...

Marxist Shakespeares

Marxist Shakespeares

1st Edition

Jean E. Howard, Scott Cutler Shershow
October 26, 2000

Marxist Shakespeares uses the rich analytic resources of the Marxist tradition to look at Shakespeare's plays afresh. The book offers new insights into the historical conditions within which Shakespeare's representations of class and gender emerged, and into Shakespeare's role in the global culture...

Shakespeare and Appropriation

Shakespeare and Appropriation

1st Edition

Christy Desmet, Robert Sawyer
November 04, 1999

The vitality of our culture is still often measured by the status Shakespeare has within it. Contemporary readers and writers continue to exploit Shakespeare's cultural afterlife in a vivid and creative way. This fascinating collection of original essays shows how writers' efforts to imitate, ...

Shakespeare and Modernity Early Modern to Millennium

Shakespeare and Modernity Early Modern to Millennium

1st Edition

Hugh Grady
July 20, 2000

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 ...

Shame in Shakespeare

Shame in Shakespeare

1st Edition

Ewan Fernie
November 22, 2001

One of the most intense and painful of our human passions, shame is typically seen in contemporary culture as a disability or a disease to be cured. Shakespeare's ultimately positive portrayal of the emotion challenges this view. Drawing on philosophers and theorists of shame, Shame in ...

Gothic Shakespeares

Gothic Shakespeares

1st Edition

John Drakakis, Dale Townshend
December 01, 2008

Readings of Shakespeare were both influenced by and influential in the rise of Gothic forms in literature and culture from the late eighteenth century onwards. Shakespeare’s plays are full of ghosts, suspense, fear-inducing moments and cultural anxieties which many writers in the Gothic mode have ...

Presentist Shakespeares

Presentist Shakespeares

1st Edition

Hugh Grady, Terence Hawkes
November 27, 2006

Presentist Shakespeares is the first extended study of the principles and practice of 'presentism', a critical movement that takes account of the never-ending dialogue between past and present. In this bold and consistently thought-provoking collection of presentist readings, the contributors: ...

Green Shakespeare From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism

Green Shakespeare From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism

1st Edition

Gabriel Egan
April 12, 2006

Ecocriticism, a theoretical movement examining cultural constructions of Nature in their social and political contexts, is making an increasingly important contribution to our understanding of Shakespeare’s plays. Gabriel Egan's Green Shakespeare presents: an overview of the concept of ...

Hamlet's Heirs Shakespeare and The Politics of a New Millennium

Hamlet's Heirs Shakespeare and The Politics of a New Millennium

1st Edition

Linda Charnes
April 06, 2006

Speaking to readers in a voice that is adventurous rather than authoritative, innovative rather than institutional and speculative rather than orthodox, Linda Charnes’ provocative study of Shakespeare’s legacy in contemporary American and British politics explores the following themes: namesake ...

Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism

Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism

1st Edition

Alan Sinfield
June 30, 2006

Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality is a powerful reassessment of cultural materialism as a way of understanding textuality, history and culture, by one of the founding figures of this critical movement. Alan Sinfield examines cultural materialism both as a body of ongoing argument and as it informs ...

Spiritual Shakespeares

Spiritual Shakespeares

1st Edition

Ewan Fernie
August 25, 2005

Spiritual Shakespeares is the first book to explore the scope for reading Shakespeare spiritually in the light of contemporary theory and current world events. Ewan Fernie has brought together an exciting cast of critics in order to respond to the ‘religious turn’ in recent literary theory and to ...

Shakespeare and Feminist Performance Ideology on Stage

Shakespeare and Feminist Performance Ideology on Stage

1st Edition

Sarah Werner
July 12, 2001

How do performances of Shakespeare change the meanings of the plays? In this controversial new book, Sarah Werner argues that the text of a Shakespeare play is only one of the many factors that give a performance its meaning. By focusing on The Royal Shakespeare Company, Werner demonstrates how ...

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