At the Bottom of Shakespeare s Ocean

At the Bottom of Shakespeare s Ocean

Fascinating study revealing Shakespeare's career-long engagement with the sea and his frequent use of maritime imagery.

Author: Steve Mentz

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781847064936

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 118

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Fascinating study revealing Shakespeare's career-long engagement with the sea and his frequent use of maritime imagery.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare s Ocean

Shakespeare s Ocean

Only one recent monograph has been published on the Shakespeare's maritime imagination, Steve Mentz's delightfully concise and readableAtthe Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean.47This all toobrief studyoffers close readingsof nauticaltopoi in ...

Author: Dan Brayton

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813932279

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

View: 565

Study of the sea--both in terms of human interaction with it and its literary representation--has been largely ignored by ecocritics. In Shakespeare’s Ocean, Dan Brayton foregrounds the maritime dimension of a writer whose plays and poems have had an enormous impact on literary notions of nature and, in so doing, plots a new course for ecocritical scholarship. Shakespeare lived during a time of great expansion of geographical knowledge. The world in which he imagined his plays was newly understood to be a sphere covered with water. In vital readings of works ranging from The Comedy of Errors to the valedictory The Tempest, Brayton demonstrates Shakespeare’s remarkable conceptual mastery of the early modern maritime world and reveals a powerful benthic imagination at work.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespearean Territories

Shakespearean Territories

Gossett, “Introduction,” Pericles, 129; see McJannet, “Genre and Geography,” 91; Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean, 72. 103. Gossett, “Introduction,” Pericles, 132. The first reference is to Lesley B. Cormack, “Britannia Rules ...

Author: Stuart Elden

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226559193

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 346

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Shakespeare was an astute observer of contemporary life, culture, and politics. The emerging practice of territory as a political concept and technology did not elude his attention. In Shakespearean Territories, Stuart Elden reveals just how much Shakespeare’s unique historical position and political understanding can teach us about territory. Shakespeare dramatized a world of technological advances in measuring, navigation, cartography, and surveying, and his plays open up important ways of thinking about strategy, economy, the law, and colonialism, providing critical insight into a significant juncture in history. Shakespeare’s plays explore many territorial themes: from the division of the kingdom in King Lear, to the relations among Denmark, Norway, and Poland in Hamlet, to questions of disputed land and the politics of banishment in Richard II. Elden traces how Shakespeare developed a nuanced understanding of the complicated concept and practice of territory and, more broadly, the political-geographical relations between people, power, and place. A meticulously researched study of over a dozen classic plays, Shakespearean Territories will provide new insights for geographers, political theorists, and Shakespearean scholars alike.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III

Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III

(1.4.21–33) Here, as elsewhere in the play and indeed throughout Shakespeare's works, the ocean bed is a world apart, the site and figure of irrecoverable loss. As Steve Mentz has reminded us, “the deep sea's floor [was] as unreachable ...

Author: Philip Schwyzer

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191663604

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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This book explores how recollections and traces of the reign of Richard III survived a century and more to influence the world and work of William Shakespeare. In Richard III, Shakespeare depicts an era that had only recently passed beyond the horizon of living memory. The years between Shakespeare's birth in 1564 and the composition of the play in the early 1590s would have seen the deaths of the last witnesses to Richard's reign. Yet even after the extinction of memory, traces of the Yorkist era abounded in Elizabethan England - traces in the forms of material artefacts and buildings, popular traditions, textual records, and administrative and religious institutions and practices. Other traces had notoriously disappeared, not least the bodies of the princes reputedly murdered in the Tower, and the King's own body, which remained lost until its dramatic rediscovery in the summer of 2012. Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III charts the often complex careers of these pieces of the past over the course of a century framed on one side by the historical reign of Richard III (1483-85) and on the other by Shakespeare's play. Drawing on recent work in fields including archaeology, memory studies, and material biography, this book offers a fresh approach to the cultural history of the Tudor era, as well as a fundamentally new interpretation of the wellsprings and preoccupations of Richard III. The final emphasis is not only on what Shakespeare does with the traces of Richard's reign but also on what those traces do through Shakespeare—the play, in spite of its own pessimistic assumptions about history, has become the medium whereby certain fragments and remains of a long-lost world live on into the present day.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Ecocritical Shakespeare

Ecocritical Shakespeare

seriously to undervalue Shakespeare's ability to imagine the world and make it palpable.”35 Since the advent of the ecocritical movement, only Steve Mentz has written a ... 36 Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (London, ...

Author: Lynne Bruckner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317146445

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 264

Can reading, writing about, and teaching Shakespeare contribute to the health of the planet? To what degree are Shakespeare's plays anthropocentric or ecocentric? What is the connection between the literary and the real when it comes to ecological conduct? This collection, engages with these pressing questions surrounding ecocritical Shakespeare, in order to provide a better understanding of where and how ecocritical readings should be situated. The volume combines multiple critical perspectives, juxtaposing historicism and presentism, as well as considering ecofeminism and pedagogy; and addresses such topics as early modern flora and fauna, and the neglected areas of early modern marine ecology and oceanography. Concluding with an assessment of the challenges-and necessities-of teaching Shakespeare ecocritically, Ecocritical Shakespeare not only broadens the implications of ecocriticism in early modern studies, but represents an important contribution to this growing field.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare Studies

But out to sea the two spent swimmers cry out, urgently and painfully, that we haven't much time. ... On Shakespeare's blue poetics, see Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (London: Continuum, 2009). 6.

Author: Susan Zimmerman

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838643174

Category: Drama

Page: 299

View: 656

Categories: Drama

The Shakespearean International Yearbook

The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Steve Mentz is Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches Shakespeare, literary theory, and oceanic literature and culture. His is the author of two monographs, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean ...

Author: Tiffany Werth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351963435

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 310

View: 746

This eighth volume of The Shakespearean International Yearbook presents a special section on 'European Shakespeares', proceeding from the claim that Shakespeare's literary craft was not just native English or British, but was filtered and fashioned through a Renaissance awareness that needs to be recognized as European, and that has had effects and afterlives across the Continent. Guest editors Ton Hoenselaars and Clara Calvo have constructed this section to highlight both how the spread of 'Shakespeare' throughout Europe has brought together the energies of a wide variety of European cultures across several centuries, and how the inclusion of Shakespeare in European culture has been not only a European but also a world affair. The Shakespearean International Yearbook continues to provide an annual survey of important issues and developments in contemporary Shakespeare studies. Contributors to this issue come from the US and the UK, Spain, Switzerland and South Africa, Canada, The Netherlands, India, Portugal, Greece, France, and Hungary. In addition to the section on European Shakespeares, this volume includes essays on the genre of romance, issues of character, and other topics.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Renaissance Ecopolitics from Shakespeare to Bacon

Renaissance Ecopolitics from Shakespeare to Bacon

28 29 See Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (2009) and Dan Brayton, Shakespeare's Ocean: An Ecocritical Exploration (2012) for insightful analyses of the oceanic in Shakespeare. From a scientific viewpoint, ...

Author: Elizabeth D. Gruber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351857192

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

View: 550

The work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries has often been the testing-ground for innovations in literary studies, but this has not been true of ecocriticism. This is partly because, until recently, most ecologically minded writers have located the origins of ecological crisis in the Enlightenment, with the legacies of the Cartesian cogito singled out as a particular cause of our current woes. Traditionally, Renaissance writers were tacitly (or, occasionally, overtly) presumed to be oblivious of environmental degradation and unaware that the episteme—the conceptual edifice of their historical moment—was beginning to crack. This perception is beginning to change, and Dr. Guber's work is poised to illuminate the burgeoning number of ecocritical studies devoted to this period, in particular, by showing how the classical concept of the cosmopolis, which posited the harmonious integration of the Order of Nature (cosmos) with the Order of Society (polis), was at once revived and also systematically dismantled in the Renaissance. Renaissance Ecopolitics from Shakespeare to Bacon: Rethinking Cosmopolis demonstrates that the Renaissance is the hinge, the crucial turning point in the human-nature relationship and examines the persisting ecological consequences of the nature-state’s demise.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Weathering Shakespeare

Weathering Shakespeare

Shakespearean Ecocriticism and Ecotheater Wide-ranging literary ecocritical research concerned with Shakespeare and his ... Shakespeare & Ecology (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015); Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean ...

Author: Evelyn O'Malley

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350078079

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 829

From The Pastoral Players' 1884 performance of As You Like It to contemporary site-specific productions activist interventions, there is a rich history of open air performances of Shakespeare's plays beyond their early modern origins. Weathering Shakespeare reveals how new insights from the environmental humanities can transform our understanding of this popular performance practice. Drawing on audience accounts of outdoor productions of those plays most commonly chosen for open air performance – including A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest – the book examines how performers and audiences alike have reacted to unpredictable natural environments.
Categories: Literary Criticism

What s the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare

What   s the Worst Thing You Can Do to Shakespeare

Steven Rendall (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press,1997),and Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean, 21. For the key passageinLucretius designatingthetrope ofgazingout to sea,seeDe Rerum Natura, trans.W.H.D.Rouse, rev.

Author: R. Burt

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137346094

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 166

View: 292

What's the worst thing you can do to Shakespeare? The answer is simple: don't read him. To that end, Richard Burt and Julian Yates embark on a project of un/reading the Bard, turning the conventional challenges into a roadmap for textual analysis and a thorough reconsideration of the plays in light of their absorption into global culture.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shipwreck Modernity

Shipwreck Modernity

G. Wilson Knight, The Shakespearean Tempest, with a Chart of Shakespeare's Dramatic Universe (London: Methuen, 1960). 9. For a more sustained reading of the “seain Ariel's sea change, see Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean, ...

Author: Steve Mentz

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9781452945545

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 314

Shipwreck Modernity engages early modern representations of maritime disaster in order to describe the global experience of ecological crisis. In the wet chaos of catastrophe, sailors sought temporary security as their worlds were turned upside down. Similarly, writers, poets, and other thinkers searched for stability amid the cultural shifts that resulted from global expansion. The ancient master plot of shipwreck provided a literary language for their dislocation and uncertainty. Steve Mentz identifies three paradigms that expose the cultural meanings of shipwreck in historical and imaginative texts from the mid-sixteenth through the early eighteenth centuries: wet globalization, blue ecology, and shipwreck modernity. The years during which the English nation and its emerging colonies began to define themselves through oceangoing expansion were also a time when maritime disaster occupied sailors, poets, playwrights, sermon makers, and many others. Through coming to terms with shipwreck, these figures adapted to disruptive change. Traces of shipwreck ecology appear in canonical literature from Shakespeare to Donne to Defoe and also in sermons, tales of survival, amateur poetry, and the diaries of seventeenth-century English sailors. The isolated islands of Bermuda and the perils of divine anger hold central places. Modern sailor-poets including Herman Melville serve as valuable touchstones in the effort to parse the reality and understandings of global shipwreck. Offering the first ecocritical account of early modern shipwreck narratives, Shipwreck Modernity reveals the surprisingly modern truths to be found in these early stories of ecological collapse.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare and Ecology

Shakespeare and Ecology

Relationships between early modern voyaging , natural history , and postcolonial environmentalism overlap with ocean , river , and water ecologies . See : Steve Mentz , At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean ( New York , 2009 ) , which ...

Author: Randall Martin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199567027

Category: Drama

Page: 213

View: 721

Shakespeare and Ecology shows how environmental problems typically associated with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries including pollution, deforestation, and climate change, actually began in Shakespeare's time and are reflected in many of his plays.
Categories: Drama

Shakespeare in Our Time

Shakespeare in Our Time

And, as Steve Mentz has amply illustrated in At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (2009), the sea will swallow us up unless we learn to navigate wisely. Greene's labeling of Shakespeare as “the tiger's heart wrapped in a player's hide” ...

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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472520432

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

View: 909

This volume marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death by reflecting on the unrivalled work of the Shakespeare Association of America and offering a unique collection of leading Shakespeare scholars outlining key developments in Shakespeare studies over the last two decades. These essays are complemented by younger scholars who respond and look forward to new fields of study and debate. As such the book offers a "state of the nation" look at Shakespeare criticism, covering all the key areas of research and study including gender, text, performance, the body, history, religion and biography. This is a must-read, comprehensive introduction to the key critical ideas surrounding Shakespeare's work and a stimulating exploration of where Shakespeare studies will go next.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds 1400 1800

The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds 1400 1800

... and two monographs focused on William Shakespeare, Steve Mentz's At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (2009) and Dan Brayton's Shakespeare's Ocean (2012), brought oceanic perspectives to early modern English literary studies.81 The ...

Author: Claire Jowitt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000075762

Category: History

Page: 610

View: 528

The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds, 1400‒1800 explores early modern maritime history, culture, and the current state of the research and approaches taken by experts in the field. Ranging from cartography to poetry and decorative design to naval warfare, the book shows how once-traditional and often Euro-chauvinistic depictions of oceanic ‘mastery’ during the early modern period have been replaced by newer global ideas. This comprehensive volume challenges underlying assumptions by balancing its assessment of the consequences and accomplishments of European navigators in the era of Columbus, da Gama, and Magellan, with an awareness of the sophistication and maritime expertise in Asia, the Arab world, and the Americas. By imparting riveting new stories and global perceptions of maritime history and culture, the contributors provide readers with fresh insights concerning early modern entanglements between humans and the vast, unpredictable ocean. With maritime studies growing and the ocean’s health in decline, this volume is essential reading for academics and students interested in the historicization of the ocean and the ways early modern cultures both conceptualized and utilized seas.
Categories: History

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy

But, while portions of the field 'congeal into bodies' (or onstage, into characters), these are never the sole source of agency: '[t]he source of ... Mentz, Stephen, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (London: Continuum, 2009).

Author: Michael Neill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191036149

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 650

View: 657

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy is a collection of fifty-four essays by a range of scholars from all parts of the world, bringing together some of the best-known writers in the field with a strong selection of younger Shakespeareans. Together these essays offer readers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Shakespeare tragedies as both works of literature and as performance texts written by a playwright who was himself an experienced actor. The collection is organised in five sections. The substantial opening section introduces the plays by placing them in a variety of illuminating contexts: as well looking at ways in which later generations of critics have shaped our idea of 'Shakespearean' tragedy, it addresses questions of genre by examining the playwright's inheritance from the classical and medieval past, by considering tragedy's relationship to other genres (including history plays, tragicomedy, and satiric drama), and by showing how Shakespeare's tragedies respond to the pressures of early modern politics, religion, and ideas about humanity and the natural world. The second section is devoted to current textual issues; while the third offers new critical readings of each of the tragedies, from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus. This is set beside a group of essays that deal with performance history, with screen productions, and with versions devised for the operatic stage, as well as with the extraordinary diversity of twentieth and twenty-first century re-workings of Shakespearean tragedy. The thirteen essays of the book's final section seek to expand readers' awareness of Shakespeare's global reach, tracing histories of criticism and performance across Europe, the Americas, Australasia, the Middle East, Africa, India, and East Asia. Offering the richest and most diverse collection of approaches to Shakespearean tragedy currently available, the Handbook will be an indispensable resource for students both undergraduate and graduate levels, while the lively and provocative character of its essays make will it required reading for teachers of Shakespeare everywhere.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Timely Voices

Timely Voices

34 On Shakespeare's interest in the eastern Med, see Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (London: Continuum, 2009). 35 On Twine and Wilkins, see Suzanne Gosset's Arden 3 “Introduction,” 49–50, 55–63, and passim.

Author: Goran Stanivukovic

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773552586

Category: Literary Criticism

Page:

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From the fourteenth-century Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to In Parenthesis – an epic poem written in 1937 by painter and poet David Jones – English writers have looked to romance as a resource and a strategy to expand the imaginary reach of their writing. Rethinking the resilience, purpose, and place of romance in English literature, Timely Voices discusses moments that have altered how we read and interpret this ever-changing form. Addressing the various ways in which romance has absorbed and been absorbed by drama, prose, and poetry, contributors to this volume demonstrate that romance texts do not produce something defined or confined by a static genre, but rather express a repository of creative possibilities. Covering writers including the anonymous author of Sir Orfeo, Jane Austen, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Lucy Hutchinson, William Morris, Philip Sidney, William Shakespeare, and Edmund Spenser, essays explore the magic and wonder of romance, Irish and Gaelic lore, how woodcuts in early books complement and extend printed text, how romance was dramatized, how it gives language to feminist politics and ideology, and how it becomes a counterpoint to finance in the fiction of the early Romantic period. A nuanced reinterpretation of romance in its own terms, Timely Voices inspires new appreciation of this form as a solution to textual, aesthetic, structural, ideological, and political problems in literature.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Shakespearean International Yearbook

The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Volume 12: Special Section, Shakespeare in India Sukanta Chaudhuri. topics of debate within the field in a ... We might look to Steven Mentz's new book At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean as a case study. He develops a new "maritime ...

Author: Sukanta Chaudhuri

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351963589

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 310

View: 556

This eighth volume of The Shakespearean International Yearbook presents a special section on 'European Shakespeares', proceeding from the claim that Shakespeare's literary craft was not just native English or British, but was filtered and fashioned through a Renaissance awareness that needs to be recognized as European, and that has had effects and afterlives across the Continent. Guest editors Ton Hoenselaars and Clara Calvo have constructed this section to highlight both how the spread of 'Shakespeare' throughout Europe has brought together the energies of a wide variety of European cultures across several centuries, and how the inclusion of Shakespeare in European culture has been not only a European but also a world affair. The Shakespearean International Yearbook continues to provide an annual survey of important issues and developments in contemporary Shakespeare studies. Contributors to this issue come from the US and the UK, Spain, Switzerland and South Africa, Canada, The Netherlands, India, Portugal, Greece, France, and Hungary. In addition to the section on European Shakespeares, this volume includes essays on the genre of romance, issues of character, and other topics.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Sea and Nineteenth Century Anglophone Literary Culture

The Sea and Nineteenth Century Anglophone Literary Culture

9 These terms are introduced in the slightly different context of early modern literary culture in Mentz, Shipwreck Modernity. Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (London: Continuum, 2009), ix. For a poignant description ...

Author: Steve Mentz

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781317016601

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

View: 962

During the nineteenth century, British and American naval supremacy spanned the globe. The importance of transoceanic shipping and trade to the European-based empire and her rapidly expanding former colony ensured that the ocean became increasingly important to popular literary culture in both nations. This collection of ten essays by expert scholars in transatlantic British and American literatures interrogates the diverse meanings the ocean assumed for writers, readers, and thinkers on both sides of the Atlantic during this period of global exploration and colonial consolidation. The book’s introduction offers three critical lenses through which to read nineteenth-century Anglophone maritime literature: "wet globalization," which returns the ocean to our discourses of the global; "salt aesthetics," which considers how the sea influences artistic culture and aesthetic theory; and "blue ecocriticism," which poses an oceanic challenge to the narrowly terrestrial nature of "green" ecological criticism. The essays employ all three of these lenses to demonstrate the importance of the ocean for the changing shapes of nineteenth-century Anglophone culture and literature. Examining texts from Moby-Dick to the coral flower-books of Victorian Australia, and from Wordsworth’s sea-poetry to the Arctic journals of Charles Francis Hall, this book shows how important and how varied in meaning the ocean was to nineteenth-century Anglophone readers. Scholars of nineteenth-century globalization, the history of aesthetics, and the ecological importance of the ocean will find important scholarship in this volume.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory

The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory

On the sea in Pericles, see Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (London: Continuum, 2009), 68–69. Northrop Frye, A Natural Perspective: The Development of Shakespearean Comedy and Romance (New York: Columbia University ...

Author: Andrew Hiscock

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317596844

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 362

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The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory introduces this vibrant field of study to students and scholars, whilst defining and extending critical debates in the area. The book begins with a series of "Critical Introductions" offering an overview of memory in particular areas of Shakespeare such as theatre, print culture, visual arts, post-colonial adaptation and new media. These essays both introduce the topic but also explore specific areas such as the way in which Shakespeare’s representation in the visual arts created a national and then a global poet. The entries then develop into more specific studies of the genre of Shakespeare, with sections on Tragedy, History, Comedy and Poetry, which include insightful readings of specific key plays. The book ends with a state of the art review of the area, charting major contributions to the debate, and illuminating areas for further study. The international range of contributors explore the nature of memory in religious, political, emotional and economic terms which are not only relevant to Shakespearean times, but to the way we think and read now.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy

14 On Shakespeare and the ocean, see Steve Mentz, At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean (London: Bloomsbury, 2009), and Daniel Brayton, Shakespeare's Ocean: An Ecocritical Exploration (Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, ...

Author: Heather Hirschfeld

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191043468

Category: Fiction

Page: 592

View: 807

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy offers critical and contemporary resources for studying Shakespeare's comic enterprises. It engages with perennial, yet still urgent questions raised by the comedies and looks at them from a range of new perspectives that represent the most recent methodological approaches to Shakespeare, genre, and early modern drama. Several chapters take up firmly established topics of inquiry such Shakespeare's source materials, gender and sexuality, hetero- and homoerotic desire, race, and religion, and they reformulate these topics in the materialist, formalist, phenomenological, or revisionist terms of current scholarship and critical debate. Others explore subjects that have only relatively recently become pressing concerns for sustained scholarly interrogation, such as ecology, cross-species interaction, and humoral theory. Some contributions, informed by increasingly sophisticated approaches to the material conditions and embodied experience of theatrical practice, speak to a resurgence of interest in performance, from Shakespeare's period through the first decades of the twenty-first century. Others still investigate distinct sets of plays from unexpected and often polemical angles, noting connections between the comedies under inventive, unpredicted banners such as the theology of adultery, early modern pedagogy, global exploration, or monarchical rule. All the chapters offer contemporary perspectives on the plays even as they gesture to critical traditions, and they illuminate as well as challenge some of our most cherished expectations about the ways in which Shakespearean comedy affects its audiences. The Handbook situates these approaches against the long history of criticism and provides a valuable overview of the most up-to-date work in the field.
Categories: Fiction