Shakespeare and the Question of Culture : Early Modern Literature and the Cultural Turn (Early Modern Cultural Studies) (1ST)

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Shakespeare and the Question of Culture : Early Modern Literature and the Cultural Turn (Early Modern Cultural Studies) (1ST)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 256 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780312294380
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The last two decades have witnessed a profound change in the way we receive the literary texts of early modern England. One could call this a move from 'text' to 'culture'. Put briefly, earlier critics tended to focus on literary texts, strictly conceived: plays, poems, prose fictions, essays. Since the mid-1980s, however, it has been just as likely for critics to speak of the 'culture' of early modern England, even when they do so in conjunction with analysis of literary texts. This 'cultural turn' has clearly enriched the way in which we read the texts of early modern England, but the interdisciplinary practices involved have frequently led critics to make claims about materials - and about the 'culture' these materials appear to embody - that exceed those materials' representativeness. Shakespeare and the Question of Culture addresses the central issue of 'culture' in early modern studies through both literary history and disciplinary critique. Douglas Bruster argues that the 'culture' literary critiques investigate through the works of Shakespeare and other writers is largely a literary culture, and he examines what this necessary limitation of the scope of 'cultural studies' means for the discipline of early modern studies.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
A Note on Texts xi
Series Editor's Foreword xiii
Preface xv
Part I Shakespeare and Culture
Shakespeare and the Question of Culture 3 (26)
Deep Focus: Toward the Thin Description of 29 (36)
Literary Culture
Part II Early Modern Literary Culture
The Structural Transformation of Print in 65 (30)
Late Elizabethan England
The Dramatic Life of Objects in the Early 95 (24)
Modern Theater
Female-Female Eroticism and the Early 119 (28)
Modern Stage
Part III Critical Culture
Shakespeare and the End of History: Period 147 (20)
as Brand Name
Shakespeare and the Composite Text: The New 167 (24)
Formalism
The New Materialism in Early Modern Studies 191 (16)
Conclusion: Shakespeare after the ``Cultural 207 (4)
Turn''
Appendix: ``Culture'' 211 (6)
Notes 217 (54)
Index 271