Shakespeare and the Literary Tradition

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Stephen Orgel, Sean Keilen
Courier Corporation, Jan 1, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 344 pages
Shakespeare has never been more ubiquitous, not only on the stage and in academic writing, but in film, video and the populuar press. On television, he advertises everything from cars to fast food; his imagined love life was declared the best movie of 1998; his birthplace, the tiny Warwickshire village of Stratford-Upon-Avon, has been transformed into a theme park of staggering commercialism, and the New globe, in its second season, is already a far bigger business than the old Globe could have ever hoped to be. If popular culture cannot do without Shakespeare, continually reinventing him and reimaging his drama and his life, neither can the critical and scholarly world, for which Shakespeare has, for more than two centuries, served as the central text for analysis and explication, the foundation of the western literary cannon, and the measure of literary excellence.
The canonical Shakespeare is a product of publication, commentary, editorial intervention, elucidation, and criticism. The essays collected in these volumes reveal is fully as multifarious as the Shakespeare of theme parks, movies and television, and indeed, is part of the continuing reinvention of Shakespeare. The essays are drawn for the most part from work done in the past three decades, though a few essential, enabling essays from an earlier period have been included; and they not only chart the directions taken by Shakespeare studies in the recent past, but they serve to indicate the enormous and continuing vitality of the enterprise, and the extent to which Shakespeare has become a metonym for literary and artistic endeavor generally.
 

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Contents

Shakespeare and the Kinds of Drama
33
The Essential Shakespeare and the Material Book
51
Revising Shakespeare
69
On Shakespeares Learning
101
Torrismondo and Hamlet
121
Shakespeares Comedy and Late Cinquecento Mixed Genres
135
The Tragicomic Bear
147
Theseus Shadows in A Midsummer Nights Dream
161
Loves Labours Lost and the Renaissance Vision of Love
201
The Tempest and the New World
217
Shakespeare and History
228
Antony and Octavius
280
Macbeth and Source
306
Leonard Digges Ben Jonson and the Beginning
329
Shakespeares Poems
330
Shakespeare and the Editorial Tradition 6 Shakespeare and the Interpretive Tradition 7 Shakespeare and the Literary Tradition 8 Shakespeare in the ...
339

Shakespeare and the Arts 2 Shakespeare and Gender
165
The Comedy of Errors
175
Acknowledgments
343
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