The most familiar assertion of Shakespeare scholarship is that he is our contemporary. Shakespeare After Theory provocatively argues that he is not, but what value he has for us must at least begin with a recognition of his distance from us.
David Scott Kastan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Among his publications are Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time, Staging the Renaissance (ed. with Peter Stallybrass), Critical Essays on Shakespeare's Hamlet, and The New History of Early English Drama (ed. with John Cox). He is also a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare.
"This volume deserves to be placed at the forefront of some of the most promising developments in today's Shakespeare scholarship and criticism." -- Modern Language Quarterly
"Kastan's study provides welcome new direction for Shakespearean study at a time when scholarly discussions have begun to stagnate.this timely study should offer new and stimulating directions for what my well be the next phase of Shakespearean scholarship." -- Sixteenth-Century Journal
"... most readers will be grateful for his salutary insistence on and contributions to historical particularity, as well as his judicious criticism of "totalizing" methods." -- Renaissance Quarterly
"Kastan's ability to frame theoretical issues memorably is, in fact, a distinguishing mark of Shakespeare After Theory." -- Journal of English and Germanic Philology
"Kastan's book demonstrates wide reading in history as well as literature, much of it current and carefully documented. Recommended to upper-division undergraduates through faculty for the clarity of its presentation and the breadth of its scholarship." -- Choice