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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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Shakespeare, the Renaissance and Empire

Shakespeare, the Renaissance and Empire

1st Edition

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Jonathan Locke Hart
January 30, 2021

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, ...

Rasa Theory in Shakespearian Tragedies

Rasa Theory in Shakespearian Tragedies

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Swapna Koshy
November 26, 2020

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 ...

Majesty and the Masses in Shakespeare and Marlowe Western Anti-Monarchism, The Earl of Essex Challenge, and Political Stagecraft

Majesty and the Masses in Shakespeare and Marlowe: Western Anti-Monarchism, The Earl of Essex Challenge, and Political Stagecraft

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Chris Fitter
September 24, 2020

This book is a landmark study of Shakespeare’s politics as revealed in his later History Plays. It offers the first ever survey of anti-monarchism in Western literature, history and philosophy, tracked from Hesiod and Homer through to contemporaries of Shakespeare such as George Buchanan and the ...

First Readers of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 1590-1790

First Readers of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, 1590-1790

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Faith D. Acker
September 23, 2020

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

Marina Gerzic, Aidan Norrie
June 15, 2020

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 ...

Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies

Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies

1st Edition

Ariane M. Balizet
December 05, 2019

A modern-day Taming of the Shrew that concludes at a high school prom. An agoraphobic Olivia from Twelfth Night sending video dispatches from her bedroom. A time-traveling teenager finding romance in the house of Capulet. Shakespeare and Girls’ Studies posits that Shakespeare in popular culture is ...

The Art of Picturing in Early Modern English Literature

The Art of Picturing in Early Modern English Literature

1st Edition

Camilla Caporicci, Armelle Sabatier
November 08, 2019

Written by an international group of highly regarded scholars and rooted in the field of intermedial approaches to literary studies, this volume explores the complex aesthetic process of "picturing" in early modern English literature. The essays in this volume offer a comprehensive and varied ...

Spectrums of Shakespearean Crossdressing The Art of Performing Women

Spectrums of Shakespearean Crossdressing: The Art of Performing Women

1st Edition

Courtney Bailey Parker
October 24, 2019

Since young male players were the norm during the English Renaissance, were all cross-dressed performances of female characters played with the same degree of seriousness? Probably not. Spectrums of Representation in Shakespearean Crossdressing examines these varied types of female characters in ...

Limited Shakespeare The Reason of Finitude

Limited Shakespeare: The Reason of Finitude

1st Edition

Julián Jiménez Heffernan
May 08, 2019

Shakespeare’s poetic-dramatic worlds are inescapably limited. There is always, in his poems and plays, a force (a contingent drive, a pre-textual undertow, a rational-critical momentum, an ironic stance, the deflections of error) coercing plot and meaning to their end. By examining the work of ...

Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare A New Attribution Method

Francis Bacon’s Contribution to Shakespeare: A New Attribution Method

1st Edition

Barry R. Clarke
February 06, 2019

Francis Bacon's Contribution to Shakespeare advocates a paradigm shift away from a single-author theory of the Shakespeare work towards a many-hands theory. Here, the middle ground is adopted between competing so-called Stratfordian and alternative single-author conspiracy theories. In the process,...

Shakespeare’s Props Memory and Cognition

Shakespeare’s Props: Memory and Cognition

1st Edition

Sophie Duncan
January 29, 2019

Cognitive approaches to drama have enriched our understanding of Early Modern playtexts, acting and spectatorship. This monograph is the first full-length study of Shakespeare’s props and their cognitive impact. Shakespeare’s most iconic props have become transhistorical, transnational metonyms for...

Shakespeare and Asia

Shakespeare and Asia

1st Edition

Jonathan Locke Hart
November 26, 2018

Shakespeare and Asia brings together innovative scholars from Asia or with Asian connections to explore these matters of East-West and global contexts then and now. The collection ranges from interpretations of Shakespeare’s plays and his relations with other authors like Marlowe and Dickens ...

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