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Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra--these were figures of intense signification long before Shakespeare took up the task of giving them new life on the stage. And when he did, Linda Charnes argues, he used these legendary figures to explore a new kind of fame--notorious identity--an infamy based not on the moral and ethical "use value" of legend but on a commodification of identity itself: one that must be understood in the context of early modern England's emergent capitalism and its conditions of economic, textual, theatrical, and cultural reproduction. Ranging across cultural materialism, new historicism, feminist psychoanalysis, cultural anthropology, deconstruction, and theories of postmodernity, the author practices a "theory without organs"--which she provocatively calls a constructive "New Hystericism"--retheorizing the discourses of reigning methodologies as much as those in Shakespeare's plays.
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Editorial Reviews

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An impressive virtuoso performance on an important topic in Shakespearean cultural studies...The book's strengths lie in its ability to conduct clever textual analyses...couched in skillfully maneuvered, diverse theoretical contexts;...its generally rich and sophisticated tissue of associate, interdisciplinary European post-modernist discourses...and popular culture topics;...and its occasional penetrating historical and cultural generalizations...This is a prodigious first attempt and it deserves praise for that reason. In subject and ambition, it should make for serious reading in post-modernist Shakespeare.
— Imtiaz Habib

South Carolina Review - Imtiaz Habib
An impressive virtuoso performance on an important topic in Shakespearean cultural studies...The book's strengths lie in its ability to conduct clever textual analyses...couched in skillfully maneuvered, diverse theoretical contexts;...its generally rich and sophisticated tissue of associate, interdisciplinary European post-modernist discourses...and popular culture topics;...and its occasional penetrating historical and cultural generalizations...This is a prodigious first attempt and it deserves praise for that reason. In subject and ambition, it should make for serious reading in post-modernist Shakespeare.
Catherine Belsey
A dazzling and challenging book.
Michael D. Bristol
Charnes' writing is witty, and the book as a whole is wonderfully fresh, not only in the originality of its analysis, but also in its irreverence toward received opinion.
South Carolina Review
An impressive virtuoso performance on an important topic in Shakespearean cultural studies...The book's strengths lie in its ability to conduct clever textual analyses...couched in skillfully maneuvered, diverse theoretical contexts;...its generally rich and sophisticated tissue of associate, interdisciplinary European post-modernist discourses...and popular culture topics;...and its occasional penetrating historical and cultural generalizations...This is a prodigious first attempt and it deserves praise for that reason. In subject and ambition, it should make for serious reading in post-modernist Shakespeare.
— Imtiaz Habib
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674627819
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Charnes is Associate Professor of English, Renaissance Studies, and Cultural Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Belaboring the Obvious Reading the Monstrous Body in King Richard 3

2. "So Unsecret to Ourselves" Notorious Identity and the Material Subject in Troilus and Cressida

3. Spies and Whispers Exceeding Reputation in Antony and Cleopatra

Conclusion

Epilogue

Notes

Index

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