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Impressive Shakespeare

Impressive Shakespeare

Autorzy
Wydawnictwo Routledge
Data wydania 01/02/2019
Wydanie Pierwsze
Liczba stron 200
Forma publikacji książka w twardej oprawie
Poziom zaawansowania Dla szkół wyższych i kształcenia podyplomowego
Język angielski
ISBN 9781472465320
Kategorie Studia literackie: lata 1500 do 1800, Studia szekspirowskie
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Impressive Shakespeare reassesses Shakespeare's relationship with "print culture" in light of his plays' engagement with the language and material culture of three interrelated "impressing technologies": wax sealing, coining, and typographic printing. It analyses the material and rhetorical forms through which drama was thought to "imprint" early modern audiences and readers with ideas, morals and memories, and-looking to our own cultural moment-shows how Shakespeare has been historically constructed as an "impressive" dramatist. Through material readings of four plays-Coriolanus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure and The Winter's Tale-Harry Newman argues that Shakespeare deploys the imprint as a self-reflexive trope in order to advertise the value of his plays to audiences and readers, and that in turn the language of impression has shaped, and continues to shape, Shakespeare's critical afterlife. The book pushes the boundaries of what we understand by "print culture", and challenges assumptions about the emergence of concepts now central to Shakespeare's perceived canonical value, such as penetrating characterisation, poetic transformation, and literary fatherhood. Harry Newman's suggestive analysis of techniques and tropes of sealing, coining and printing produces a revelatory account of Shakespearean creative poetics. It's sustainedly startling in its rereading of familiar lines - but the chapter I found most original is on Measure for Measure: Newman is the first critic to attempt to interpret the play's authorial status as part of its own thematic and linguistic interrogation of illegitimacy and counterfeiting. He makes authorship matter in a literary and creative, rather than a quantitative and statistical, sense. Impressive Shakespeare is a brilliant scholarly debut. - Emma Smith Editor, Shakespeare Survey Professor of Shakespeare Studies, Hertford College, Oxford Harry Newman's suggestive analysis of techniques and tropes of sealing, coining and printing produces a revelatory account of Shakespearean creative poetics. It's sustainedly startling in its rereading of familiar lines - but the chapter I found most original is on Measure for Measure: Newman is the first critic to attempt to interpret the play's authorial status as part of its own thematic and linguistic interrogation of illegitimacy and counterfeiting. He makes authorship matter in a literary and creative, rather than a quantitative and statistical, sense. Impressive Shakespeare is a brilliant scholarly debut. - Emma

Impressive Shakespeare

Spis treści

List of Figures


Acknowledgements


A Note on the Text


List of Abbreviations





Introduction: The Stamp of the Bard


`My dear Keats': Impressions of `WS'


Metaphors and Material Readings


The Structure of this Book





1. Technology, Language, Physiology


Sealing, Coining, Printing: Interrelated Technologies


The Language of Impression and Early Modern Metaphor Theory


Early Modern Physiology: Imprinting and Imprinted Subjects





2. `[T]he stamp of Martius': Commoditised Character and the Technology of Theatrical Impression in Coriolanus


Valuing the Imprint of `Character': Theatre, Charactery, Criticism


Translating Plutarch, Coining Coriolanus


Metatheatrical Impressions: Burbage's `Painting' and the Technology of Wounds


Sealing Knowledge: The Theatrical Contract and the Imprint of Silence





3. `[A] form in wax, / By him imprinted': Sealing and Poetics in A Midsummer Night's Dream


Shakespeare's `special impress': Materialising and Gendering Dream's Poetry


Seals in Early Modern Material Culture, Rhetoric and Drama


The `transfigured' Audience: Signs and Seals of Poetic Transformation in Dream





4. `[S]tamps that are forbid': Measure for Measure, Counterfeit Coinage, and the Politics of Value


Counterfeiting in the Name of the King: Jacobean Coinage and the King's Men


Metatheatrical Counterfeiting: The Duke's Economy of Value


Adapting `old-coined gold': Canonical Value and the Stamp of Thomas Middleton





5. The Printer's Tale: Books, Children, and the Prefatory Construction of Shakespearean Authorship


The Infant-Text and the Prefatory `Shake-scene'


Dramatic Paratexts, Theatricality and the `paper stage'


`[T]he fathers face': Prefacing Shakespeare's Book, 1623


The Printer's Tale Retold: Paternal Likeness in The Winter's Tale and the Preliminaries of the First Folio





Conclusion


Impressions Past, Present and Future: Shakespearean Drama in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction


Shakespeare and the `print of goodness': The Ethics of the Imprint





Works Cited


Index

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