The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Social Justice

Author: David Ruiter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350140376

Category: Drama

Page: 352

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The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Social Justice is a wide-ranging, authoritative guide to research on Shakespeare and issues of social justice and arts activism by an international team of leading scholars, directors, arts activists, and educators. Across four sections it explores the relevance and responsibility of art to the real world ? to the significant teaching and learning, performance and practice, theory and economies that not only expand the discussion of literature and theatre, but also open the gates of engagement between the life of the mind and lived experience. The collection draws from noted scholars, writers and practitioners from around the globe to assert the power of art to question, disrupt and re-invigorate both the ties that bind and the barriers that divide us. A series of interviews with theatre practitioners and scholars opens the volume, establishing an initial portfolio of areas for research, exploration, and change. In Section 2 'The Practice of Shakespeare and Social Justice' contributors examine Shakespeare's place and possibilities in intervening on issues of race, class, gender and sexuality. Section 3 'The Performance of Shakespeare and Social Justice' traces Shakespeare and social justice in multiple global contexts; engaging productions grounded in the politics of Mexico, India, South Africa, China and aspects of Asian politics broadly, this section illuminates the burgeoning field of global production while keeping as a priority the political structures that make advocacy and resistance possible. The last section on 'Economies of Shakespeare' describes socio-economic and community issues that come to light in Shakespeare, and their potential to catalyse ongoing discussion and change in respect to wealth, distribution, equity, and humanity. An annotated bibliography provides further guidance to those researching the subject.


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Page: 316

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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare's Tragedies

Author: Janette Dillon

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139462431

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Macbeth clutches an imaginary dagger; Hamlet holds up Yorick's skull; Lear enters with Cordelia in his arms. Do these memorable and iconic moments have anything to tell us about the definition of Shakespearean tragedy? Is it in fact helpful to talk about 'Shakespearean tragedy' as a concept, or are there only Shakespearean tragedies? What kind of figure is the tragic hero? Is there always such a figure? What makes some plays more tragic than others? Beginning with a discussion of tragedy before Shakespeare and considering Shakespeare's tragedies chronologically one by one, this 2007 book seeks to investigate such questions in a way that highlights both the distinctiveness and shared concerns of each play within the broad trajectory of Shakespeare's developing exploration of tragic form.

Shakespeare's Money

Author: Robert Bearman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019875924X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

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'Shakespeare's Money' explores what archival records can reveal about Shakespeare's economic and social success, shedding light on how he elevated his family from lowly status to minor gentry and how economic concerns were ever present in his daily life.

Shakespeare's Big Men

Author: Richard van Oort

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442650079

Category: History

Page: 272

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Shakespeare's Big Men examines five Shakespearean tragedies - Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and Coriolanus - through the lens of generative anthropology and the insights of its founder, Eric Gans. Generative anthropology's theory of the origins of human society explains the social function of tragedy: to defer our resentment against the "big men" who dominate society by letting us first identify with the tragic protagonist and his resentment, then allowing us to repudiate the protagonist's resentful rage and achieve theatrical catharsis. Drawing on this hypothesis, Richard van Oort offers inspired readings of Shakespeare's plays and their representations of desire, resentment, guilt, and evil. His analysis revives the universal spirit in Shakespearean criticism, illustrating how the plays can serve as a way to understand the ethical dilemma of resentment and discover within ourselves the nature of the human experience.

Shakespeare's Sonnets and Narrative Poems

Author: A. D. Cousins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317893689

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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Alongside Spenser, Sidney and the early Donne, Shakespeare is the major poet of the 16th century, largely because of the status of his remarkable sequence of sonnets. Professor Cousins' new book is the first comprehensive study of the Sonnets and narrative poems for over a decade. He focuses in particular on their exploration of self-knowledge, sexuality, and death, as well as on their ambiguous figuring of gender. Throughout he provides a comparative context, looking at the work of Shakespeare's contemporaries. The relation between Shakespeare's non-dramatic verse and his plays is also explored.

Cognition and Girlhood in Shakespeare's World

Author: Caroline Bicks

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1108844219

Category: Drama

Page: 307

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Cutting-edge theories of cognition inform readings of Shakespearean girls to show the dynamism of adolescent female brainwork.

At the Bottom of Shakespeare's Ocean

Author: Steve Mentz

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1847064922

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 135

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