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Central to these essays are concerns about textuality as considered from a number of vantage points, including deconstructionist, psychoanalytic, and historicist. Goldberg studies most of Shakespeare's plays, giving particular emphasis to Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, and to Romeo and Juliet; he focuses throughout on the relationship between the text as material object and the reality created or reflected by that text. Among the issues he considers are the textual instability of Shakespeare's plays and the historical instabilities of gender and sexuality depicted in those plays, the construction of gender and the dehumanization implicit in treating characters as a textual production, the function of letters and other documents within the Shakespearean texts, and the correlation of sexual politics and textual desire.
Tracing a path from characters in the scriptive sense to their embodiment in characters marked by gender and sexuality, Shakespeare's Hand provides a brilliant set of inquiries into the production, critical reception, and conditions of Shakespearean texts.
Jonathan Goldberg is the Sir William Osler Professor of English Literature at The Johns Hopkins University. His previous books include Desiring Women Writing, Sodometries, Writing Matter, and, as editor, Reclaiming Sodom and Queering the Renaissance.
|Shakespearean Characters: The Generation of Silvia||10|
|Shakespearean Inscriptions: The Voicing of Power||55|
|Calling Out the Law||79|
|Perspectives: Dover Cliff and the Conditions of Representation||132|
|Shakespeare Writing Matter Again: Objects and Their Detachments||149|
|Speculations: Macbeth and Source||152|
|The Anus in Coriolanus||176|
|Rebel Letters: Postal Effects from Richard II to Henry IV||189|
|The Commodity of Names: "Falstaff" and "Oldcastle" in 1 Henry IV||212|
|Hal's Desire, Shakespeare's Idaho||222|
|"What? in a names that which we call a Rose": The Desired Texts of Romeo and Juliet||253|
|Romeo and Juliet's Open Rs||271|
|Under the Covers with Caliban||286|