1st Edition

Shakespeare and Modernity Early Modern to Millennium

Edited By Hugh Grady Copyright 2000
    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    This in-depth collection of essays traces the changing reception of Shakespeare over the past four hundred years, during which time Shakespeare has variously been seen as the last great exponent of pre-modern Western culture, a crucial inaugurator of modernity, and a prophet of postmodernity. This fresh look at Shakespeare's plays is an important contribution to the revival of the idea of 'modernity' and how we periodise ourselves, and Shakespeare, at the beginning of a new millennium.

    Contributors Preface Introduction 1. (Post) modern Elizabeth: Gender, Politics, and the Emergence of Modern Subjectivity 2. Ante-Aesthetics: Towards a Theory of Early Modern Audience Response 3. Shakespeare, Modernity and the Aesthetic: Art, Truth and Judgement in The Winters Tale 4. Measure for Measure and Modernity: The Problem of the Sceptic's Authority 5. 'Jew. Shylock is my name': Speech-prefixes in The Merchant of Venice as symptoms of the early modern 6. The Merchant of Venice: 'Modern' Anti-Semitism and the Veil of Allegory 7. Jewish Invader and the Soul of State: The Merchant of Venice and Science Fiction Movies 8. Shakespeare and the End of History: Period as Brand Name 9. The Hamlet Formerly Known as Prince Works Cited Index


    Hugh Grady is Professor of English at Beaver College, Pennsylvania, USA. He is the author of The Modernist Shakespeare (1991) and Shakespeare's Universal Wolf (1996).