Beginning Shakespeare


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1. Critical Histories
I. 1598-1741: A bumpy ride
ii. 1741-1904: Enter Shakespear
iii. Enshrinement
iv. A.C.Bradley and character study
v. The Thirties: images and patterns
vi. Tillyard and the 'Elizabethan world picture'
vii. Jan Kott: Shakespeare our contemporary
2. Psychoanalysis
I. Freud and his early followers
ii. C.G. Jung and the theory of 'types and archetypes'
iii. Jacques Lacan and the theory of the subject
iv. Post-Lacanian psychoanalytical approaches
3. New Historicism
I. Stephen Greenblatt: 'invisible bullets'
ii. Louis Montrose: New Historicism meets psychoanalysis
iii. Leonard Tennenhouse and the interests of power
iv. Later developments: New Historicism meets gender
4. Cultural Materialism
I. Political Shakespeare: a landmark text
ii. Dollimore and Sinfield: literature and power
iii. Terence Hawkes and the politics of meaning
5. New factualisms
I. The 'new biography'
ii. Attribution studies
iii. Editing
6. Gender studies and queer theory
I. Boy actors
ii. Political feminisms
iii. Queer theory
7. Postcolonial criticism
I. 'The Tempest'
ii. Postcolonial 'Tempests'
iii. 'Othello'
8. Shakespeare in performance
I. 'Henry V' in performance
ii. The Olivier version
iii. Stratford-upon-Avon
iv. Political performance criticism?

About the Author

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University

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