Shakespeare, Jonson, and the Claims of the Performative

By James Loxley, Mark Robson

© 2013 – Routledge

146 pages

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pub: 2013-03-10
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About the Book

This book will constitute an original intervention into longstanding but insistently relevant debates around the significance of notions of ‘performativity’ to the critical analysis of early modern drama.

In particular, the book aims to:

  • show how the investigation of performativity can enable readings of Shakespeare and Jonson that challenge the dominant methodological frameworks within which those plays have come to be read;

  • demonstrate that the thought of performativity does not come to rest in the simplicity of method or instrumentality, and that it resists its own claim that language and action might be understood as unproblematically instrumental;

  • demonstrate that this self-resistance occurs or takes place as a moment in the process of articulating the claims of the performative, and that this process is itself in an important sense dramatic.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Sea-changes 1. Promises 2. Excuses 3. Libels 4. Declarations 5. Animation 6. Seriousness 7. Theatre

About the Authors

James Loxley is Professor of Early Modern Literature at the University of Edinburgh.

Mark Robson teaches at the University of Nottingham.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

From Shakespeare to Jonson, Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture looks at both the literature and culture of the early modern period. This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering literature alongside theatre, popular culture, race, gender, ecology, space, and other subjects, 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:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT013000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
LIT015000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare