1st Edition

Hermeneutic Shakespeare

By Min Jiao Copyright 2023

    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 reader 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 Friedrich 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 Henry V, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, and The Comedy of Errors. Aimed at scholars and students alike, this volume aims to contribute to contemporary understanding of Shakespeare and literature hermeneutics.


    Chapters 2, 5, and 6 of this book are available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com. They have been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license. Funded by Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.


    Part I: Philosophical Hermeneutic Tradition and Literary/Cultural Hermeneutics

    Chapter 1. Philosophical Hermeneutic Tradition

    Chapter 2. Literary and Cultural Hermeneutics

    Part II: Literary/Cultural Hermeneutics and Shakespearean Tradition

    Chapter 3. Historical Consciousness, Historically Effected Consciousness: Adapting Henry V

    Chapter 4. Cultural Dimension of Literary Interpretation: Geography, Economics, and Identity in The Comedy of Errors

    Chapter 5. Fusion of Horizons: Antonio’s Melancholy - Money and Credit in The Merchant of Venice

    Chapter 6. Hermeneutics and Locality: Hamlet in China - Glocalising Humanism, Glocalising Desire


    Min Jiao is Professor of English at the Guangdong University of Foreign Studies and a researcher at the university’s Hermeneutic Research Institute. She has published around 30 articles in Chinese and English. Her major publications include "Mothering and Motherhood: Experience, Ideology and Agency" in Comparative Literature Studies, "Cognitive Mapping of Freedom: Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom" in Neohelicon, "Ideology of Sexuality in Measure for Measure" in Foreign Literature Studies, and "Shakespeare and Econo-literary Criticism" in Theoretical Studies in Literature and Art. Her forthcoming monograph Literary Hermeneutics: Dimensions and Fusion of Horizons is funded by the Chinese National Social Science Foundation.