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The Shakespearean International Yearbook
17: Special Section, Shakespeare and Value

ISBN 9780367666620
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
164 Pages

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Book Description

Currently in its seventeenth year and formerly published by Ashgate, The Shakespearean International Yearbook surveys the present state of Shakespeare studies, addressing issues that are fundamental to our interpretive encounter with Shakespeare's work and his time, across the whole spectrum of his literary output. Contributions are solicited from among the most active and insightful scholars in the field, from both hemispheres of the globe. New trends are evaluated from the point of view of established scholarship, and emerging work in the field encouraged, to present a view of what is happening all around the world. Each issue includes a special section under the guidance of a specialist Guest Editor, as well as a review of recent critical work in Shakespeare studies. An essential reference tool for scholars of early modern literature and culture, this annual captures, from year to year, current and developing thought in Shakespeare scholarship and theater practice worldwide.

Table of Contents



General Editors


  1. Introduction: Simon Haines

2. Why Is Shakespeare the World’s Most-Performed Dramatist?

Graham Bradshaw

3. "What’s aught but as ’tis valued?": Problems of Value and Unequal Exchange in The Merchant of Venice, Troilus and Cressida, and Cymbeline

Ros King

4. "The god called Nothingness": Büchner, Shakespeare and Original Sin

John Gillies

5. Sprezzatura and Cultural Capital in The Merchant of Venice

Indira Ghose

6. Shakespeare and Dependency

Peter Holbrook

7. "Dress’d in a Little Brief Authority": Shakespeare and the Value of Dissent

R. S. White

8. Glassy Essence and the Life of Pi: Incommensurability in Measure for Measure

Simon Haines


9. A New Era of Global Shakespeare: The State of the Field, 2014-2015

Carla Della Gatta



Notes on Contributors


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Tom Bishop, Professor of English, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Alexa Alice Joubin, Professor of English, George Washington University and Research Affiliate, MIT, USA