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Meaning by Shakespeare

Meaning by Shakespeare
Your Price: $45.95 CDN
Author: Terence Hawkes
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 173
Pub. Date: 1992
ISBN-10: 0415074517
ISBN-13: 9780415074513

About the Book:

We traditionally assume that the meaning of each of Shakespeare's plays is bequeathed to it by the Bard. It is as if, to the information which used to be given in theatrical programmes, "Cigarettes by Abdullah, Costumes by Motley, Music by Mendelssohn", we should add "Meaning by Shakespeare".
These essays rest on a different, almost opposite, principle. Author and scholar Terence Hawkes makes the case that Shakespeare's plays have no essential meanings, but function as resources which we use to generate meaning. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, Coriolanus and King Lear, amongst other plays, are examined as concrete instances of the covert process whereby, in the twentieth century, Shakespeare doesn't mean: we mean by Shakespeare.

Meaning by Shakespeare concludes with "Bardbiz", a review of recent critical approaches to Shakespeare, which initiated a long-running debate (1990-1991) when it first appeared in The London Review of Books.

About the Author:

Terence Hawkes is Emeritus Professor of English at Cardiff University. He is the author of Meaning By Shakespeare.