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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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Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy

Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy

1st Edition

By Peter Kishore Saval
January 13, 2014

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 ...

Radical Shakespeare Politics and Stagecraft in the Early Career

Radical Shakespeare: Politics and Stagecraft in the Early Career

1st Edition

By Chris Fitter
July 08, 2013

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, ...

Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia

Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia

1st Edition

Edited By Poonam Trivedi, Minami Ryuta
May 30, 2012

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 ...

Memory in Shakespeare's Histories Stages of Forgetting in Early Modern England

Memory in Shakespeare's Histories: Stages of Forgetting in Early Modern England

1st Edition

By Jonathan Baldo
December 22, 2011

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 ...

Retheorizing Shakespeare through Presentist Readings

Retheorizing Shakespeare through Presentist Readings

1st Edition

By James O'Rourke
November 18, 2011

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 ...

Shakespeare and Philosophy

Shakespeare and Philosophy

1st Edition

By Stanley Stewart
August 16, 2011

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 ...

Crossing Gender in Shakespeare Feminist Psychoanalysis and the Difference Within

Crossing Gender in Shakespeare: Feminist Psychoanalysis and the Difference Within

1st Edition

By James W. Stone
May 16, 2011

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 ...

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