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From one of the world’s premier Shakespeare scholars, author of Shakespeare After All (“the indispensable introduction to the indispensable writer”–Newsweek): a magisterial new study whose premise is “that Shakespeare makes modern culture and that modern culture makes Shakespeare.”

Shakespeare has determined many of the ideas that we think of as “naturally” our own and even as “naturally” true–ideas about human character, individuality and selfhood, government, leadership, love and jealousy, men and women, youth and age. Yet many of these ideas, timely as ever, have been reimagined–are indeed often now first encountered–not only in modern fiction, theater, film, and the news but also in the literature of psychology, sociology, political theory, business, medicine, and law.

Marjorie Garber delves into ten plays to explore the interrelationships between Shakespeare and twentieth century and contemporary culture–from James Joyce’s Ulysses to George W. Bush’s reading list. In The Merchant of Venice, she looks at the question of intention; in Hamlet, the matter of character; in King Lear, the dream of sublimity; in Othello, the persistence of difference; and in Macbeth, the necessity of interpretation. She discusses the conundrum of man in The Tempest; the quest for exemplarity in Henry V; the problem of fact in Richard III; the estrangement of self in Coriolanus; and the untimeliness of youth in Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare and Modern Culture is a tour de force reimagining of our own mental and emotional landscape as refracted through the prism of protean “Shakespeare.”

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From one of the world's premier Shakespeare scholars comes a magisterial new study whose premise is that Shakespeare makes modern culture and that modern culture makesShakespeare.

Shakespeare has determined many of the ideas that we think of as naturally true: ideas about human character, individuality and selfhood, government, leadership, love and jealousy, men and women, youth and age. Marjorie Garber delves into ten plays to explore the interrelationships between Shakespeare and contemporary culture, from James Joyce's Ulysses to George W. Bush's reading list. From the persistence of difference in Othello to the matter of character in Hamlet to the untimelinessof youth in Romeo and Juliet, Garber discusses how these ideas have been re-imagined in modern fiction, theater, film, and the news, and in the literature of psychology, sociology, political theory, business, medicine, and law. Shakespeare and Modern Culture is a brilliant recasting of our own mental and emotional landscape as refracted through the prism of the proteanShakespeare.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

From one of the world's premier Shakespeare scholars,

About the Author

Marjorie Garber is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English and American Literature and Language, and Chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. Shakespeare After All was named one of the five best nonfiction books of 2004 by Newsweek and received the 2005 Christian Gauss Book Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Shakespeare and Modern Culture

1. The Tempest, or the Conundrum of Man

2. Romeo and Juliet, or the Untimelieness of Youth

3. Coriolanus, or the Estrangement of Self

4. Macbeth, or the Necessity of Interpretation

5. Richard III, or the Problem of Fact

6. The Merchant of Venice, or the Question of Intention

7. Othello, or the Persistence of Difference

8. Henry V, or the Quest for Exemplarity

9. Hamlet, or the Matter of Character

10. King Lear, or the Dream of Sublimity

Afterword: The Rest Is Shakespeare

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307377951
Publisher:
Pantheon Books
Subject:
Literary Criticism : Shakespeare
Author:
in <i>Hamlet</i>, the matter of character
Author:
Garber, Marjorie
Author:
in <i>Othello,</i> the persistence of difference
Author:
Garber, Marjorie B.
Author:
Marjorie B. Garber
Author:
in <i>King Lear,</i> the dream of sublimity
Author:
the quest for exemplarity in <i>Henry V</i
Author:
the estrangement of self in <i>Coriolanus</i
Author:
the problem of fact in <i>Richard III</i
Subject:
Social Science : Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Shakespeare, William
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Criticism and interpretation
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Criticism
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20081209
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
326

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Product details 326 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307377951 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , From one of the world's premier Shakespeare scholars comes a magisterial new study whose premise is that Shakespeare makes modern culture and that modern culture makesShakespeare.

Shakespeare has determined many of the ideas that we think of as naturally true: ideas about human character, individuality and selfhood, government, leadership, love and jealousy, men and women, youth and age. Marjorie Garber delves into ten plays to explore the interrelationships between Shakespeare and contemporary culture, from James Joyce's Ulysses to George W. Bush's reading list. From the persistence of difference in Othello to the matter of character in Hamlet to the untimelinessof youth in Romeo and Juliet, Garber discusses how these ideas have been re-imagined in modern fiction, theater, film, and the news, and in the literature of psychology, sociology, political theory, business, medicine, and law. Shakespeare and Modern Culture is a brilliant recasting of our own mental and emotional landscape as refracted through the prism of the proteanShakespeare.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

"Synopsis" by , From one of the world's premier Shakespeare scholars,
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