Notorious Identity / Edition 1

Notorious Identity / Edition 1

by Linda Charnes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674627814

ISBN-13: 9780674627819

Pub. Date: 08/11/1995

Publisher: Harvard University Press


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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674627819
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/11/1995
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
0.48(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

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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