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Shakespeare After Theory

Shakespeare After Theory
Your Price: $34.95 CDN
Author: David Scott Kastan
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 264
Pub. Date: 1999
ISBN-10: 0415901138
ISBN-13: 9780415901130

About the Book:

Is Shakespeare really our contemporary? How is it that his plays, originally written and performed in such a radically different world than our own, still have relevance for us today? The most familiar assertion of Shakespeare scholarship is that he is our contemporary. In Shakespeare After Theory, noted scholar David Scott Kastan provocatively argues that any understanding of what Shakespeare means in our time must begin with a recognition of his distance from us, for only then can we be sure that what we find in his work are his concerns rather than our own projections.

Shakespeare After Theory reads the plays in the context of their original conditions of production: in the collaborations of the theatre in which the plays were acted, in the practices of the book trade in which they were first published, and in the unstable political world of late Tudor and Stuart England in which the plays were first performed. In response to recent theory that insists that literary value and meaning are inevitably contestable and contingent, this book recognizes the radical historicity of literature itself and restores Shakespeare's plays to the rich densities of the world in which, and for which, they were created. In its combination of scrupulous scholarship, agile and imaginative readings, and theoretical sophistication, Shakespeare After Theory sets a new agenda for Shakespeare studies.

What people say:

"This volume deserves to be placed at the forefront of some of the most promising developments in today's Shakespeare scholarship and criticism." — Modern Language Quarterly

"Kastan's study provides welcome new direction for Shakespearean study at a time when scholarly discussions have begun to stagnate. This timely study should offer new and stimulating directions for what my well be the next phase of Shakespearean scholarship." — Sixteenth-Century Journal

"… most readers will be grateful for his salutary insistence on and contributions to historical particularity, as well as his judicious criticism of 'totalizing' methods." — Renaissance Quarterly

"Kastan's ability to frame theoretical issues memorably is, in fact, a distinguishing mark of Shakespeare After Theory." — Journal of English and Germanic Philology

"Kastan's book demonstrates wide reading in history as well as literature, much of it current and carefully documented. Recommended to upper-division undergraduates through faculty for the clarity of its presentation and the breadth of its scholarship." — Choice

About the Author:

David Scott Kastan is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University. A noted scholar on Shakespeare and early modern culture, he currently serves as one of the general editors of the Arden Shakespeare.