Shakespeare and Deconstruction

Writing about several plays and sonnets, the critics explore the contribution of deconstruction to our understanding of Shakespeare. This unique and wide-ranging collection of essays will interest Shakespeareans and theorists alike.

Author: George Douglas Atkins

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105040894508

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 302

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Twelve clear and effective essays shed new light on Shakespeare. The contributors write in, on, and sometimes against deconstruction, the most powerful and controversial theoretical movement in decades. Writing about several plays and sonnets, the critics explore the contribution of deconstruction to our understanding of Shakespeare. This unique and wide-ranging collection of essays will interest Shakespeareans and theorists alike.

Appropriating Shakespeare

As Geoffrey Hartman expresses it , deconstruction . . . recognizes that words offer , not the restriction of presence ... Hawkes was writing , as he pointed out , before the deconstruction of Shakespeare had really got going , but his ...

Author: Brian Vickers

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300061056

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 532

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During the last two decades, new critical schools of Shakespeare scholarship have emerged, each with its own ideology, each convinced that all other approaches are deficient. This controversial book argues that in attempting to appropriate Shakespeare for their own purposes, these schools omit and misrepresent Shakespeare's text--and thus distort it. Brian Vickers describes the iconoclastic attitudes emerging in French criticism of the 1960s that continue to influence literary theory: that language cannot reliably represent reality; that literature cannot represent life; that since no definitive reading is possible, all interpretation is misinterpretation. Vickers shows that these positions have been refuted, and he brings together work in philosophy, linguistics, and literary theory to rehabilitate language and literature. He then surveys the main conflicting schools in Shakespearean and other current literary criticism--deconstructionism, feminism, new historicism, cultural materialism, and psychoanalytic, Marxist, and Christian interpretations--describing the theoretical basis of each school, both in its own words and in those of its critics. Evaluating the resulting interpretations of Shakespeare, he shows that each is biased and fragmentary in its own way. The epilogue considers two related issues: the attempt of current literary theory to present itself as a coherent system while at the same time wishing to evade accountability; and the way in which different schools "demonize" their rivals, thus adding an intolerant tone to much recent criticism.

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory

Since the base of deconstruction was elsewhere in the discipline, it never really established itself in Shakespeare studies as anything more than a minor or ancillary movement that seemed to peter out sometime in the late 1980s.

Author: Neema Parvini

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441129741

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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In the 30 years since the publication of Stephen Greenblatt's Renaissance Self-Fashioning overthrew traditional modes of Shakespeare criticism, New Historicism and Cultural Materialism have rapidly become the dominant modes for studying and writing about the Bard. This comprehensive guide introduces students to the key writers, texts and ideas of contemporary Shakespeare criticism and alternatives to new historicist and cultural materialist approaches suggested by a range of dissenters including evolutionary critics, historical formalists and advocates of 'the new aestheticism', and the more politically active presentists. Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory covers such topics as: - The key theoretical influences on new historicism including Michel Foucault and Louis Althusser. - The major critics, from Stephen Greenblatt to Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield. - Dissenting views from traditional critics and contemporary theorists. Chapter summaries and questions for discussion throughout encourage students to critically engage with contemporary Shakespeare theory for themselves. The book includes a 'Who's Who' of major critics, a timeline of key publications and a glossary of essential critical terms to give students and teachers easy access to essential information.

Deconstructing Macbeth

Concepts are not only breaking down ( under the strain of the deconstructive pressure ) , but they are breaking down in a way that is conceptually interesting , conceptually affirmative . Now I cannot possibly imagine that Shakespearean ...

Author: Harald William Fawkner

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838633935

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 276

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Macbeth is discussed in relation to Derrida's notion of the metaphysics of presence. Fawkner argues that the quest for metaphysical certitude in Macbeth is related to the hero's transformation from a heroic to a post-heroic status.


The Deconstruction of 22. Presence in The Winter's Tale', ibid., p.8. Malcolm Evans, 'Deconstructing Shakespeare's Comedies', in 23. Alternative Shakespeares, ed. Drakakis, p. 93. The following review of recent perspectives on Lear is ...

Author: Kiernan Ryan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350318373

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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First published to critical acclaim in 1989, this book is now recognised as one of the most original and influential critical studies of Shakespeare to have appeared in recent times. For this brand-new edition, Kiernan Ryan has not only revised and updated the text throughout, but he has also added a great deal of new material, expanding the book to twice the size of the first edition. The section on Shakespearean comedy now includes an essay on Shakespeare's first scintillating experiment in the genre, The Comedy of Errors, and a study of his most perplexing problem play, Measure for Measure. A provocative new last chapter, '"Dreaming on things to come": Shakespeare and the Future of Criticism', reveals how much modern criticism can learn from the appropriation of Shakespeare by Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce. Students, teachers, and anyone with a passionate interest in what the plays have to say to us today, will find this modern classic of Shakespeare criticism indispensable.

Derrida Reads Shakespeare

See also Marjorie Garber, 'Bartlett's Familiar Shakespeare', in Profiling Shakespeare (New York and London: Routledge, ... The Deconstruction of Presence in The Winter's Tale') and the contributors to Shakespeare and Deconstruction (ed.

Author: Alfano Chiara Alfano

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474409896

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Explores Jacques Derrida's distinctive approach to ShakespeareOffers the first comprehensive and accessible account and discussion of Derrida's engagement with ShakespeareChallenges the way we have traditionally come to think about the interdisciplinary relationship between literature and philosophy, as well as literary geniusContextualises Derrida's readings of Shakespeare within his wider philosophical project and discusses in how far they relate to - or are distinct from - his engagement with other dramatic or literary worksThis book brings to light Derrida's rich and thought-provoking discussions of Shakespearean drama. Contextualising Derrida's readings of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice and King Lear within his wider philosophical project, Alfano explores what draws Derrida to Shakespeare and what makes him particularly suitable for philosophical thought. The author also makes the case for Derrida's singular understanding of the relationship between philosophy and Shakespeare and his radical idea of what literary genius is.

The Shakespearean International Yearbook

Calderwood, for instance, examining Hamlet in 1983, insisted that deconstructive tendencies constitute only "a part, ... In consequence, deconstruction did notmake a serious impact on Shakespeare studies until 1985,5 which saw the ...

Author: Sukanta Chaudhuri

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351963589

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 310

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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.

Shakespeare s Comedies

In Shakespeare from the Margins (1996) Patricia Parker returns to Shakespeare's wordplay with a more theoretically ... References and Further Reading Atkins, G. Douglas and Bergeron, David M. (1988) Shakespeare and Deconstruction.

Author: Emma Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470776919

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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This Guide introduces students to critical writing on Shakespeare’s comedies over the last four centuries. Guides students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s history plays. Covers both significant early views and recent critical interventions. Substantial editorial material links the articles and places them in context. Annotated suggestions for further reading allow students to investigate further.


A forthcoming volume of essays , Shakespeare and Deconstruction , edited by David M. Bergeron and G. Douglas Atkins ( Peter Lang ) , examines this mode of criticism , ranging across the canon . One should also refer to Joel Fineman's ...

Author: David M. Bergeron


ISBN: UOM:39015037378570

Category: Painting, French

Page: 222

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"This updated edition should be welcomed by anyone interested in Shakespeare. Particularly useful are its pithy introductions and bibliographies on various critical approaches". -- David Bevington, editor of Complete Works of Shakespeare. "A handy, compact map to the changing and contested field of Shakespeare studies". -- Bruce R. Smith, author of Homosexual Desire in Shakespeare's England. Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

Shakespeare s Tragedies

A number of contributors to G. Douglas Atkins and David M. Bergeron (eds), Shakespeare and Deconstruction (1988), are also concerned with similar issues. Waller explains that deconstructive readings of Shakespeare 'concentrate not on ...

Author: Emma Smith

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470776896

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

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This Guide steers students through the critical writing on Shakespeare’s tragedies from the sixteenth century to the present day. Guides students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s tragedies. Covers both significant early views and recent critical interventions. Substantial editorial material links the articles and places them in context. Annotated suggestions for further reading allow students to investigate further.