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Hermeneutic Shakespeare

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ISBN 9781032331041
January 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
168 Pages

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Book Description

This volume takes a deep dive into the philosophical hermeneutics of Shakespearean tradition providing insight into the foundations, theories, and methodologies of hermeneutics in Shakespeare. Central to this research, this volume investigates fundamental questions including: what is philosophical hermeneutics, why philosophical hermeneutics, what do literary and cultural Hermeneutics do, and in what ways can literary and cultural hermeneutics benefit the interpretation of Shakespearean plays? Hermeneutic Shakespeare guides the readers through two main discussions. Beginning with the understanding of "Philosophical Hermeneutics," and the general principles of literary and cultural Hermeneutics, the volume includes philosophers such as Fredrich Ast, Daniel Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Wilhelm Dilthey, as well as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and more recently, Steven Connor. Part two of this volume applies universal principles of philosophical hermeneutics to explicate the historical, philosophical, acquired, and applied literary interpretations through the critical practices of Shakespeare’s plays or their adaptations, including The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, and Comedy of Errors. Aimed at scholars and students alike, this volume aims to contribute to contemporary understanding of Shakespeare and literature hermeneutics.

Table of Contents


Part I

Chapter I. Philosophical Hermeneutics

Chapter II. Literary and Cultural Hermeneutics

Part II

Chapter III. Historical Consciousness, Historically Effected Consciousness: Adapting Henry V

Chapter IV. Hermeneutics and Cultural Identity: Geography, Economics and Identity in The Comedy of Errors

Chapter V. Fusion of Horizons: Antonio’s Melancholy - Money and Credit in The Merchant of Venice

Chapter VI. Hermeneutics and Locality: Hamlet in China - Glocalizing Humanism, Glocalizing Desire

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Jiao Min is Professor of English of the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, department head of British and American Cultural Studies and a Researcher at the university’s Hermeneutic Research Institute. She is currently a visiting scholar at Cambridge University. She is four-time University postgraduate teaching excellence awards winner and has published around 30 journal articles in Chinese and English. Her major publications include "Mothering and Motherhood: Experience, Ideology and Agency," "Cognitive Mapping of Freedom: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom". Her project titled "Literary Hermeneutics: Dimensions and Fusion of Horizons" is funded by the Chinese National Social Science Foundation.