Marxist Shakespeares


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1. Introduction : Marxism Now, Shakespeare Now 2. "Well Grubbed, Old Mole" : Marx, Hamlet and the (Un)Fixing of Representation 3. An Impure History of Ghosts : Derrida, Marx, Shakespeare 4. Looking Well to Linens : Women and Cultural Production in Othello and Shakespeare's England 5. Judicious Oeillades : Surveying Marital Property in The Merry Wives of Windsor 6.The Rape of Jesus : Aemilia Lanyer's Lucrece 7. The Undiscovered Country : Shakespeare and Mercantile Geography 8. Shakespeare's Globe 9. The Shakespeare Film and the Americanization of Culture 10. The Management of Mirth : Shakespeare via Bourdieu 11. Measure for Measure : Marxism Before Marx 12. Shakespeare Beyond Shakespeare

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Jean E. Howard teaches Early Modern literature at Colombia University. Scott Cutler Shershow teaches English literature and literary theory at Miami University.


Since both critical theory and Shakespeare are core elements of most graduate English programs, a new series of books focusing on critical theories on the Bard himself and his works can only be welcome. Routledge has launched its "Accents on Shakespeare" series with six titles and the promise of more to come. Each title takes a critical theory and applies it to some aspect of ShakespeareDsuch as the plays, themes in his work, or the effect of the theory on a reading. Each volume reviewed here begins with an introduction or foreword that frames the critical theory in question and sets the stage for the essays to follow. In seven essays, Philosophical Shakespeares explores such topics as value and meaning and the application of various philosophical schools to Shakespeare. In ten essays, Shakespeare and Modernity looks at identity and self, the rise of nationhood, the start of colonialism in the Western world, and other similar topics. In twelve essays, Marxist Shakespeares ponders such themes as the idea of social class in the plays and the effects of literature on nationalism. The contributors are professors in a range of subject areas, most of whom have previously published works on Shakespeare. Articulate, challenging, and enlightening, this unique, theory-based set of books is recommended for academic libraries.DNeal Wyatt, Chesterfield P.L., VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"I have personally purchased and studied every one of the new Accents on Shakespeare volumes in the new series edited by Terence Hawkes and repeatedly turn to them as resources for my own research and teaching. My students - graduate and undergraduate alike - find them invaluable, as I do. They are remarkably comprehensive, timely, and informative, and essential way to keep current with the fundamental ideas in Shakespearean criticism."
-Arthur F. Kinney, Thomas W. Copeland Professor of Literary History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"Accents on Shakespeare is shaping up as everything a streetwise series of books on the Bard should be: engaged, imaginative, heretical and occasionally outrageous. No one who aims to have their finger on the pulse of Shakespeare studies can afford to ignore it."
-Kiernan Ryan Professor of English, Royal Holloway, University of London and Fellow of New Hall, University of Cambridge

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