Shakespeare and Hospitality
Ethics, Politics, and Exchange
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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, entertaining, and sheltering—the collection demonstrates how hospitality provides a compelling frame for the core ethical, political, theological, and ecological questions of Shakespeare's time and our own. By reading Shakespeare's plays in conjunction with contemporary theory as well as early modern texts and objects—including almanacs, recipe books, husbandry manuals, and religious tracts — this book reimagines Shakespeare's playworld as one charged with the risks of hosting (rape and seduction, war and betrayal, enchantment and disenchantment) and the limits of generosity (how much can or should one give the guest, with what attitude or comportment, and under what circumstances?). This substantial volume maps the terrain of Shakespearean hospitality in its rich complexity, demonstrating the importance of historical, rhetorical, and phenomenological approaches to this diverse subject.
Table of Contents
Introduction David B. Goldstein and Julia Reinhard Lupton Section One: Oikos and Polis Chapter 1 ‘Will you walk in, my lord?’: Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida and the Anxiety of Oikos Andrew Hiscock Chapter 2 A Digression to Hospitality: Thrift and Christmastime in Shakespeare and in the Literature of Husbandry Jessica Rosenberg Chapter 3 "Here’s Strange Alteration!": Hospitality, Sovereignty And Political Discord In Coriolanus Thomas P. Anderson Section Two: Economy and Ecology Chapter 4 Hospitality’s Risk, Grace’s Bargain: Uncertain Economies in The Winter’s Tale James Kearney Chapter 5 Hospitality in Anthony and Cleopatra Sean Lawrence Section Three: Script Chapter 6 Ave Desdemona David Hillman Chapter 7 As You Like It and the Theater of Hospitality James Kuzner Chapter 8 Hospitable Times with Shakespeare: A Reading of King Lear Thomas J. Moretti Section Four: Scripture Chapter 9 "Her father loved me, oft invited me": Staging Shakespeare’s Hidden Hospitality in The Travels of the Three English Brothers Sheiba Kian Kaufman Chapter 10 Hospitality in Twelfth Night: Playing at (the Limits of) Home Joan Pong Linton Chapter 11 Thinking Hospitably with Timon of Athens: Toward an Ethics of Stewardship Michael Noschka
Julia Reinhard Lupton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.
David B. Goldstein is Associate Professor of English at York University, Canada.