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Shakespeare and Complexity Theory

By Claire Hansen

© 2017 – Routledge

222 pages

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About the Book

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 pedagogy, and the phenomenon of the Shakespeare ‘myth’. The monograph re-evaluates Shakespeare, his plays, early modern theatre, and modern classrooms as complex systems, illustrating how the lens of complexity offers an enlightening new perspective on diverse areas of Shakespeare scholarship. The book’s interdisciplinary approach enriches our understanding of Shakespeare and lays the foundation for complexity theory in Shakespeare studies and the humanities more broadly.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

List of Figures

Introduction: Shakespeare, the System

1: The Characteristics of Complexity

2: ‘Like a tangled chain; nothing impaired, but all disordered’: Dance and bounded instability in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

3: ‘Hath the firmament more suns than one?’ Co-authorship, space and self-organisation in Titus Andronicus

4: ‘Such Branches of Learning’: The Unexpected in Shakespeare Pedagogy and The Merchant of Venice

5: ‘Constant as the Northern Star’? The Power of Attractors in Stratford-upon-Avon and Julius Caesar

Conclusion

References

Index

About the Author

Claire Hansen is a researcher on the Shakespeare Reloaded Project at the University of Sydney.

About the Series

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRA010000
DRAMA / Shakespeare
LIT013000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
LIT015000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare
LIT019000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance
LIT020000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature