Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

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.

  • Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study: Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies book cover

    Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study

    Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies

    Edited by Dennis Austin Britton, Melissa Walter

    This book asks new questions about how and why Shakespeare engages with source material, and about what should be counted as sources in Shakespeare studies. The essays demonstrate that source study remains an indispensable mode of inquiry for understanding Shakespeare, his authorship and audiences,…

    Hardback – 2017-09-30 
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  • Shakespeare's Lost Playhouse: Eleven Days at Newington Butts book cover

    Shakespeare's Lost Playhouse

    Eleven Days at Newington Butts

    By Laurie Johnson

    The theatre at Newington Butts has long remained on the fringes of histories of Shakespeare’s career and of the golden age of the theatre with which his name is associated. A mile outside London, and relatively disused by the time Shakespeare began his career in the theatre, the theatre has been…

    Hardback – 2017-09-27 
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  • Renaissance Ecopolitics from Shakespeare to Bacon: Rethinking Cosmopolis book cover

    Renaissance Ecopolitics from Shakespeare to Bacon

    Rethinking Cosmopolis

    By Elizabeth D. Gruber

    The work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries has often been the testing-ground for innovations in literary studies, but this has not been true of ecocriticism. This is partly because, until recently, most ecologically minded writers have located the origins of ecological crisis in the…

    Hardback – 2017-06-23 
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  • Shakespeare and Complexity Theory book cover

    Shakespeare and Complexity Theory

    By Claire Hansen

    In this new monograph, Claire Hansen demonstrates how Shakespeare can be understood as a complex system, and how complexity theory can provide compelling and original readings of Shakespeare’s plays. The book utilises complexity theory to illuminate early modern theatrical practice, Shakespeare…

    Hardback – 2017-06-09 
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  • Women and Mobility on Shakespeare’s Stage: Migrant Mothers and Broken Homes book cover

    Women and Mobility on Shakespeare’s Stage

    Migrant Mothers and Broken Homes

    By Elizabeth Mazzola

    Long before the economist Amartya Sen proposed that more than 100 million women were missing—lost to disease or neglect, kidnapping or forced marriage, denied the economic and political security of wages or membership in a larger social order—Shakespeare was interested in such women’s plight, how…

    Hardback – 2017-06-03 
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  • Shakespeare, Italy, and Transnational Exchange: Early Modern to Present book cover

    Shakespeare, Italy, and Transnational Exchange

    Early Modern to Present

    Edited by Enza De Francisci, Chris Stamatakis

    This interdisciplinary, transhistorical collection brings together international scholars from English literature, Italian studies, performance history, and comparative literature to offer new perspectives on the vibrant engagements between Shakespeare and Italian theatre, literary culture, and…

    Hardback – 2017-05-19 
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  • Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys: Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel book cover

    Shakespeare’s Asian Journeys

    Critical Encounters, Cultural Geographies, and the Politics of Travel

    Edited by Bi-qi Beatrice Lei, Judy Celine Ick, Poonam Trivedi

    This volume gives Asia’s Shakespeares the critical, theoretical, and political space they demand, offering rich, alternative ways of thinking about Asia, Shakespeare, and Asian Shakespeare based on Asian experiences and histories. Challenging and supplementing the dominant critical and theoretical…

    Hardback – 2016-12-27
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  • Shakespeare, Cinema, Counter-Culture: Appropriation and Inversion book cover

    Shakespeare, Cinema, Counter-Culture

    Appropriation and Inversion

    By Ailsa Grant Ferguson

    Addressing for the first time Shakespeare’s place in counter-cultural cinema, this book examines and theorizes counter-hegemonic, postmodern, and post-punk Shakespeare in late 20th and early 21st century film. Drawing on a diverse range of case studies, Grant Ferguson presents an interdisciplinary…

    Hardback – 2016-07-25
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  • Shakespeare's Folly: Philosophy, Humanism, Critical Theory book cover

    Shakespeare's Folly

    Philosophy, Humanism, Critical Theory

    By Sam Hall

    This study contends that folly is of fundamental importance to the implicit philosophical vision of Shakespeare’s drama. The discourse of folly’s wordplay, jubilant ironies, and vertiginous paradoxes furnish Shakespeare with a way of understanding that lays bare the hypocrisies and absurdities of…

    Hardback – 2016-07-22
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  • Shakespeare and Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, and Exchange book cover

    Shakespeare and Hospitality

    Ethics, Politics, and Exchange

    Edited by Julia Reinhard Lupton, David Goldstein

    This volume focuses on hospitality as a theoretically and historically crucial phenomenon in Shakespeare's work with ramifications for contemporary thought and practice. Drawing a multifaceted picture of Shakespeare's scenes of hospitality—with their numerous scenes of greeting, feeding,…

    Hardback – 2016-05-02
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  • Shakespeare in Hate: Emotions, Passions, Selfhood book cover

    Shakespeare in Hate

    Emotions, Passions, Selfhood

    By Peter Kishore Saval

    Hate, malice, rage, and enmity: what would Shakespeare’s plays be without these demonic, unruly passions? This book studies how the tirades and unrestrained villainy of Shakespeare’s art explode the decorum and safety of our sanitized lives and challenge the limits of our selfhood. Everyone knows…

    Hardback – 2015-12-11
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  • Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, and Civic Life: The Boundaries of Civic Space book cover

    Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, and Civic Life

    The Boundaries of Civic Space

    Edited by Silvia Bigliazzi, Lisanna Calvi

    This volume introduces ‘civic Shakespeare’ as a new and complex category entailing the dynamic relation between the individual and the community on issues of authority, liberty, and cultural production. It investigates civic Shakespeare through Romeo and Juliet as a case study for an interrogation…

    Hardback – 2015-10-06
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  • Skepticism and Belonging in Shakespeare's Comedy book cover

    Skepticism and Belonging in Shakespeare's Comedy

    By Derek Gottlieb

    This book recovers a sense of the high stakes of Shakespearean comedy, arguing that the comedies, no less than the tragedies, serve to dramatize responses to the condition of being human, responses that invite scholarly investigation and explanation. Taking its cue from Stanley Cavell’s influential…

    Hardback – 2015-09-01
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  • Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body book cover

    Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body

    Edited by Sujata Iyengar

    This book considers early modern and postmodern ideals of health, vigor, ability, beauty, well-being, and happiness, uncovering and historicizing the complex negotiations among physical embodiment, emotional response, and communally-sanctioned behavior in Shakespeare's literary and material world.…

    Hardback – 2014-12-23
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  • Mary Wroth and Shakespeare book cover

    Mary Wroth and Shakespeare

    Edited by Paul Salzman, Marion Wynne-Davies

    Over the last twenty five years, scholarship on Early Modern women writers has produced editions and criticisms, both on various groups and individual authors. The work on Mary Wroth has been particularly impressive at integrating her poetry, prose and drama into the canon. This in turn has led to…

    Hardback – 2014-11-07
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  • Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book: Contested Scriptures book cover

    Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book

    Contested Scriptures

    Edited by Travis DeCook, Alan Galey

    Why do Shakespeare and the English Bible seem to have an inherent relationship with each other? How have these two monumental traditions in the history of the book functioned as mutually reinforcing sources of cultural authority? How do material books and related reading practices serve as specific…

    Paperback – 2014-07-17
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  • Shakespeare, Trauma and Contemporary Performance book cover

    Shakespeare, Trauma and Contemporary Performance

    By Catherine Silverstone

    Shakespeare, Trauma and Contemporary Performance examines how contemporary performances of Shakespeare’s texts on stage and screen engage with violent events and histories. The book attempts to account for – but not to rationalize – the ongoing and pernicious effects of various forms of violence as…

    Paperback – 2014-07-03
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  • Embodied Cognition and Shakespeare's Theatre: The Early Modern Body-Mind book cover

    Embodied Cognition and Shakespeare's Theatre

    The Early Modern Body-Mind

    Edited by Laurie Johnson, John Sutton, Evelyn Tribble

    This collection considers issues that have emerged in Early Modern Studies in the past fifteen years relating to understandings of mind and body in Shakespeare’s world. Informed by The Body in Parts, the essays in this book respond also to the notion of an early modern ‘body-mind’ in which…

    Hardback – 2014-03-06
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  • Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy book cover

    Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy

    By Peter Kishore Saval

    Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy advocates that the beauty of Shakespearean drama is inseparable from its philosophical power. Shakespeare’s plays make demands on us even beyond our linguistic attention and historical empathy: they require thinking, and the concepts of philosophy can provide…

    Hardback – 2014-01-13
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  • Radical Shakespeare: Politics and Stagecraft in the Early Career book cover

    Radical Shakespeare

    Politics and Stagecraft in the Early Career

    By Chris Fitter

    This book argues that Shakespeare was permanently preoccupied with the brutality, corruption, and ultimate groundlessness of the political order of his state, and that the impact of original Tudor censorship, supplemented by the relatively depoliticizing aesthetic traditions of later centuries,…

    Paperback – 2013-07-08
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  • Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia book cover

    Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia

    Edited by Poonam Trivedi, Minami Ryuta

    This book reviews the "playing" of Shakespeare in which there is a re-staging and a re-writing -- through adaptation, appropriation, or acculturation -- of the Western Shakespeare into the gestural, symbolic, stylized, or ritualized worlds of Asian theatre languages. It examines this interface in…

    Paperback – 2012-05-30
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  • Memory in Shakespeare's Histories: Stages of Forgetting in Early Modern England book cover

    Memory in Shakespeare's Histories

    Stages of Forgetting in Early Modern England

    By Jonathan Baldo

    A distinguishing feature of Shakespeare’s later histories is the prominent role he assigns to the need to forget. This book explore the ways in which Shakespeare expanded the role of forgetting in histories from King John to Henry V, as England contended with what were perceived to be traumatic…

    Hardback – 2011-12-22
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  • Retheorizing Shakespeare through Presentist Readings book cover

    Retheorizing Shakespeare through Presentist Readings

    By James O'Rourke

    This book offers a theoretical rationale for the emerging presentist movement in Shakespeare studies and goes on to show, in a series of close readings, that a presentist Shakespeare is not an anachronism. Relying on a Brechtian aesthetic of "naïve surrealism" as the performative model of the…

    Hardback – 2011-11-18
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    Shakespeare and Philosophy

    By Stanley Stewart

    Touching on the work of philosophers including Richardson, Kant, Hume, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, and Dewey, this study examines the history of what philosophers have had to say about "Shakespeare" as a subject of philosophy, from the seventeenth-century to the present.  Stewart's volume…

    Paperback – 2011-08-16
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  • Crossing Gender in Shakespeare: Feminist Psychoanalysis and the Difference Within book cover

    Crossing Gender in Shakespeare

    Feminist Psychoanalysis and the Difference Within

    By James W. Stone

    In this book, Stone effects a return to gender, after many years of neglect by Twenty-First-Century critics, via a methodology of close reading that foregrounds moments of sexual decentering and disequilibrium within the text and in the interstices of the dialogue between Shakespeare and his…

    Paperback – 2011-05-16
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