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Shakespeare And The Economic Imperative

Shakespeare And The Economic Imperative
Author: Peter F. Grav
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135894132
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Despite the volume of work Shakespeare produced, surprisingly few of his plays directly concern money and the economic mindset. Shakespeare and the Economic Imperative examines the five plays that do address monetary issues (The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure and Timon of Athens), plays in which Shakespeare’s view of how economic determinants shape interpersonal relationships progressively darkens. In short, what thematically starts out in farce ends in nihilistic tragedy. Working within the critical stream of new economic criticism, this book uses formal analysis to interrogate how words are used — how words and metaphoric patterns from the quantifiable dealings of commerce transform into signifiers of qualitative values and how the endemic employment of discursive tropes based on mercantile principles debases human relationships. This examination is complemented by historical socio-economic contextualization, as it seems evident that the societies depicted in these plays reflect the changing world in which Shakespeare lived and wrote.
Shakespeare and the Economic Imperative
Language: en
Pages: 216
Authors: Peter F. Grav
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-04-25 - Publisher: Routledge
Despite the volume of work Shakespeare produced, surprisingly few of his plays directly concern money and the economic mindset. Shakespeare and the Economic Imperative examines the five plays that do address monetary issues (The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure and Timon of Athens), plays in which Shakespeare’s view of how economic determinants shape interpersonal relationships progressively darkens. In short, what thematically starts out in farce ends in nihilistic tragedy. Working within the critical stream of new economic criticism, this book uses formal analysis to interrogate how words are used — how words and metaphoric patterns from the quantifiable dealings of commerce transform into signifiers of qualitative values and how the endemic employment of discursive tropes based on mercantile principles debases human relationships. This examination is complemented by historical socio-economic contextualization, as it seems evident that the societies depicted in these plays reflect the changing world in which Shakespeare lived and wrote.
Shakespeare and Marx
Language: en
Pages: 176
Authors: Gabriel Egan
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-09-30 - Publisher: OUP Oxford
Marxist cultural theory underlies much teaching and research in university departments of literature and has played a crucial role in the development of recent theoretical work. Feminism, New Historicism, cultural materialism, postcolonial theory, and queer theory all draw upon ideas about cultural production which can be traced to Marx, and significantly each also has a special relation with Renaissance literary studies. This book explores the past and continuing influence of Marx's ideas in work on Shakespeare. Marx's ideas about cultural production and its relation to economic production are clearly explained, together with the standard terminology and concepts such as base/superstructure, ideology, commodity fetishism, alienation, and reification. The influence of Marx's ideas on the theory and practice of Shakespeare criticism and performance is traced from the Victorian age to the present day. The continuing importance of these ideas is illustrated via new Marxist readings of King Lear, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, The Comedy of Errors, All's Well that Ends Well, and The Winter's Tale.
Wallace Stevens and the Realities of Poetic Language
Language: en
Pages: 248
Authors: Stefan Holander
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008-02-19 - Publisher: Routledge
This study examines Wallace Stevens' ideas and practice of poetic language with a focus on the 1930s, an era in which Stevens persistently thematized a keenly felt pressure for the possible social involvement and political utility of poetic language. The argument suggests how mutually implicated elements of his poetry such as diction, prosody and metaphor are relied on to signify or enact aesthetic closure; both in the negative terms of expressive impotence and unethical isolation and the positive ones of imaginative and linguistic change. In this respect, the study deals closely with the epistemologically and ethically fraught issue of the ambiguous and volatile role of non-semantic elements and linguistic difficulty in Stevens' language. Assuming that these facets are not exclusive to this period but receive a very clear, and therefore instructive, formulation in it, the discussion outlines some of Stevens' most central tropes for poetic creativity at this stage of his career, suggesting ways in which they came to form part of his later discourse on poetic functionality, when polemical concepts for the imagination, such as "evasion" and "escapism," became central. Stevens' prosody is discussed from within an eclectic analytical framework in which cumulative rhythmics is complemented by traditional metrics
The Historical Imagination of G.K. Chesterton
Language: en
Pages: 172
Authors: Joseph R. McCleary
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-02-20 - Publisher: Routledge
This study examines a selection of Chesterton’s novels, poetry, and literary criticism and outlines the distinctive philosophy of history that emerges from these writings. Looking at Chesteron's relationship with and influence upon authors including William Cobbett, Sir Walter Scott, Belloc, Shaw, H.G. Wells, Christopher Dawson, Evelyn Waugh, and Marshall McLuhan, McCleary contends that Chesterton’s recurring use of the themes of locality, patriotism, and nationalism embodies a distinctive understanding of what gives history its coherence. The study concludes that Chesterton’s emphasis on locality is the hallmark of his historical philosophy in that it blends the concepts of free will, specificity, and creatureliness which he uses to make sense of history.
Dissertation Abstracts International
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Joseph R. McCleary
Categories: Dissertations, Academic
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher:
Books about Dissertation Abstracts International
Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts
Language: en
Pages: 588
Authors: Mark Thornton Burnett
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-10-12 - Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
This authoritative and innovative volume explores the place of Shakespeare in relation to a wide range of artistic practices and activities, past and present.
Shakespeare and the Book Trade
Language: en
Pages: 302
Authors: Lukas Erne
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-04-25 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This study establishes the remarkable presence of Shakespeare's plays and poems in the early modern English book trade.
Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood
Language: en
Pages: 277
Authors: D. Williams
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-23 - Publisher: Springer
This is the first scholarly study devoted to Shakespeare's girl characters and conceptions of girlhood. It charts the development of Shakespeare's treatment of the girl as a dramatic and literary figure, and explores the impact of Shakespeare's girl characters on the history of early modern girls as performers, patrons, and authors.
Shakespeare's English Comedy
Language: en
Pages: 169
Authors: Jeanne Addison Roberts
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 1979 - Publisher:
Books about Shakespeare's English Comedy
The Times Index
Language: en
Pages:
Authors: Jeanne Addison Roberts
Categories: Newspapers
Type: BOOK - Published: 2008 - Publisher:
Indexes the Times and its supplements.