Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1945-2000 / Edition 1

Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1945-2000 / Edition 1

by Russ McDonald
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Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1945-2000 / Edition 1

Shakespeare: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1945-2000 contains many of the most significant essays and book chapters published on Shakespeare in the second half of the twentieth century. It introduces students of Shakespeare to the variety of theoretical positions, thematic claims, methodologies, and modes of argument that have contributed to the current critical landscape. The collection consists of about 50 essays written by a broad range of authors, from E. M. W. Tillyard and Cleanth Brooks, who represent old-style historicism and a version of New Criticism respectively, to Stephen Greenblatt and Catherine Belsey, who respond to and refute the insights of their predecessors. The essays are organized into categories of critical thought and introduced in clear and accessible language. Taken together, they chronicle a particularly stimulating period in the history of literary study.

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ISBN-13: 2900631234882
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/15/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 952
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.72(d)

About the Author

Russ McDonald is Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He has written extensively on Shakespeare and early modern literature and culture, most recently in Shakespeare and the Art of Language (2001) and The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare (Second Edition, 2001).

Table of Contents

Part IAuthorship1
1Looney and the Oxfordians4
Part IINew Criticism15
2The Naked Babe and the Cloak of Manliness19
3"Honest" in Othello35
4"Introductory" Chapter About the Tragedies50
5The "New Criticism" and King Lear63
Part IIIDramatic Kinds89
6The Argument of Comedy93
7Ambivalence: The Dialectic of the Histories100
8The Saturnalian Pattern116
9The Jacobean Shakespeare: Some Observations on the Construction of the Tragedies125
Part IVThe 1950s and 1960s: Theme, Character, Structure149
10Reflections on the Sentimentalist's Othello152
11Form and Formality in Romeo and Juliet164
12King Lear or Endgame174
13The Cheapening of the Stage191
14How Not to Murder Caesar209
Part VReader-Response Criticism221
15On the Value of Hamlet225
16Rabbits, Ducks, and Henry V245
Part VITextual Criticism and Bibliography265
17The New Textual Criticism of Shakespeare269
18Revising Shakespeare280
19Narratives About Printed Shakespeare Texts: "Foul Papers" and "Bad Quartos"296
Part VIIPsychoanalytic Criticism319
20"Anger's my meat": Feeding, Dependency, and Aggression in Coriolanus323
21The Avoidance of Love: A Reading of King Lear338
22To Entrap the Wisest: Sacrificial Ambivalence in The Merchant of Venice and Richard III353
23What Did the King Know and When Did He Know It? Shakespearean Discourses and Psychoanalysis365
24The Turn of the Shrew399
Part VIIIHistoricism and New Historicism417
25The Cosmic Background422
26Invisible Bullets: Renaissance Authority and its Subversion, Henry IV and Henry V435
27The New Historicism in Renaissance Studies458
28"Shaping Fantasies": Figurations of Gender and Power in Elizabethan Culture481
Part IXMaterialist Criticism511
29Shakespeare's Theater: Tradition and Experiment515
30King Lear (ca. 1605-1606) and Essentialist Humanism535
31Give an Account of Shakespeare and Education, Showing Why You Think They Are Effective and What You Have Appreciated About Them. Support Your Comments with Precise References547
Part XFeminist Criticism565
32Egyptian Queens and Male Reviewers: Sexist Attitudes in Antony and Cleopatra Criticism570
33"I wooed thee with my sword": Shakespeare's Tragic Paradigms591
34The Family in Shakespeare Studies; or Studies in the Family of Shakespeareans; or The Politics of Politics606
35Disrupting Sexual Difference: Meaning and Gender in the Comedies633
Part XIStudies in Gender and Sexuality651
36"This that you call love": Sexual and Social Tragedy in Othello655
37The Performance of Desire669
38The Secret Sharer684
39The Homoerotics of Shakespearean Comedy704
Part XIIPerformance Criticism727
40Shakespeare and the Blackfriars Theatre732
41The Critical Revolution745
42William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet: Everything's Nice in America?750
43Deeper Meanings and Theatrical Technique: The Rhetoric of Performance Criticism762
Part XIIIPostcolonial Shakespeare777
44Nymphs and Reapers Heavily Vanish: The Discursive Con-texts of The Tempest781
45Sexuality and Racial Difference794
46Discourse and the Individual: The Case of Colonialism in The Tempest817
Part XIVReading Closely845
47Shakespeare's Prose848
48The Play of Phrase and Line861
49Transfigurations: Shakespeare and Rhetoric880

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