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Routledge Studies in Shakespeare


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This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering Shakespeare alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, popular culture, and history, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Tombs in Shakespearean Drama Monumental Theater

Tombs in Shakespearean Drama: Monumental Theater

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By H. Austin Whitver
December 30, 2022

Tombs in Shakespearean Drama explores the rhetorical deployment of tombs and monuments on the early modern stage, demonstrating their historiographic power and mythmaking potential. By analyzing references to tombs in plays by Shakespeare and others in conjunction with extant monuments, this volume...

Violent Liminalities in Early Modern Culture Inhabiting Contested Thresholds

Violent Liminalities in Early Modern Culture: Inhabiting Contested Thresholds

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Kaye McLelland
November 25, 2022

Violent liminalities in Early Modern Culture is a methodologically innovative book combining the twin disciplines of queer theory and disability studies. It investigates the violence feared from, and directed at, inhabitants of the ‘betwixt and between’ spaces of early modern literature and culture...

Shakespeare, the Renaissance and Empire Volume I: Geography and Language

Shakespeare, the Renaissance and Empire: Volume I: Geography and Language

1st Edition

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By Jonathan Locke Hart
September 26, 2022

Shakespeare, the Renaissance and Empire presents Shakespeare as both a local and global writer, investigating Shakespeare’s trans-cultural writing through the interrelations and interactions of binaries including theory and practice, past and present, aesthetics and ethics, freedom and tyranny, ...

Shakespeare’s Audiences

Shakespeare’s Audiences

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Matteo Pangallo, Peter Kirwan
September 26, 2022

Shakespeare wrote for a theater in which the audience was understood to be, and at times invited to be, active and participatory. How have Shakespeare’s audiences, from the sixteenth century to the present, responded to that invitation? In what ways have consumers across different cultural contexts...

Reading Shakespeare in Jewish Theological Frameworks Shylock Beyond the Holocaust

Reading Shakespeare in Jewish Theological Frameworks: Shylock Beyond the Holocaust

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Caroline Wiesenthal Lion
August 24, 2022

Reading Shakespeare in Jewish Theological Frameworks: Shylock Beyond the Holocaust uses Jewish theology to mount a courageous new reading of a four-hundred-year-old play, The Merchant of Venice. While victimhood and antisemitism have been the understandable focus of the Merchant critical history ...

Shakespearean Spaces in Australian Literary Adaptations for Children and Young Adults

Shakespearean Spaces in Australian Literary Adaptations for Children and Young Adults

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Michael Marokakis
July 29, 2022

Shakespearean Spaces in Australian Literary Adaptations for Children and Young Adults offers a comprehensive examination of Shakespearean adaptations written by Australian authors for children and Young Adults. The 20-year period crossing the late-twentieth and early twenty-first centuries came to ...

Reading Robert Greene Recovering Shakespeare’s Rival

Reading Robert Greene: Recovering Shakespeare’s Rival

1st Edition

By Darren Freebury-Jones
June 16, 2022

Robert Greene holds a significant place in our understanding of Elizabethan literature. This book offers the most rigorous attempt yet undertaken to determine the scope of the playwright’s canon through analyses of Greene’s verse style, vocabulary, rhyming habits, and the dramatist’s phraseology in...

Shakespeare's Law

Shakespeare's Law

1st Edition

By Mark Fortier
May 31, 2022

Shakespeare's Law is a critical overview of law and legal issues within the life, career, and works of William Shakespeare as well as those that arise from the endless array of activities that happen today in the name of Shakespeare. Mark Fortier argues that Shakespeare’s attitudes ...

Rasa Theory in Shakespearian Tragedies

Rasa Theory in Shakespearian Tragedies

1st Edition

By Swapna Koshy
May 30, 2022

This book adds a unique eastern perspective to the ever growing corpus of Shakespeare criticism. The ancient Sanskrit theory of Rasa – the aesthete’s emotional response to performing arts – is explicated in detail and applied to Shakespeare’s tragic masterpieces. Bharata, who wrote about Rasa in ...

Shakespeare and the Grace of Words Language, Theology, Metaphysics

Shakespeare and the Grace of Words: Language, Theology, Metaphysics

1st Edition

By Valentin Gerlier
May 30, 2022

Crossing the boundaries between literature, philosophy and theology, Shakespeare and the Grace of Words pioneers a reading strategy that approaches language as grounded in praise; that is, as affirmation and articulation of the goodness of Being. Offering a metaphysically astute theology of ...

First Readers of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 1590-1790

First Readers of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 1590-1790

1st Edition

By Faith D. Acker
May 06, 2022

For more than four centuries, cultural preferences, literary values, critical contexts, and personal tastes have governed readers’ responses to Shakespeare’s sonnets. Early private readers often considered these poems in light of the religious, political, and humanist values by which they lived. ...

Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations

Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations

1st Edition

Edited By Marina Gerzic, Aidan Norrie
May 06, 2022

Four hundred years after William Shakespeare’s death, his works continue to not only fill playhouses around the world, but also be adapted in various forms for consumption in popular culture, including in film, television, comics and graphic novels, and digital media. Drawing on theories of play ...

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