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Most Significant Academic Books on Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0692  Tuesday, 16 October 2007

[1]	From: Julia Griffin <
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	Date: 	Friday, 12 Oct 2007 15:54:40 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 18.0685 Most Significant Academic Books on Shakespeare

[2]	From:	Hugh Grady <
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	Date:	Saturday, 13 Oct 2007 10:54:22 -0400
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[3]	From:	Julia Crockett <
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	Date:	Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 12:40:44 +0100
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From: 		Julia Griffin <
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Date: 		Friday, 12 Oct 2007 15:54:40 -0400
Subject: 18.0685 Most Significant Academic Books on Shakespeare
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0685 Most Significant Academic Books on Shakespeare

Everything by G. Wilson Knight. (He's full of gold.)

Emrys Jones's two books, _The Origins of Shakespeare_ and _Scenic Form 
in Shakespeare_.

Caroline Spurgeon, _Shakespeare's Imagery_ - has no one mentioned it 
yet? Much worked-upon but still so useful.

M.M. Mahood, _Shakespeare's Wordplay_.

All of these quite old books (at least 30 years old), which have 
certainly proved themselves.

I suppose "academic" means that the essays of Auden don't count?

Julia

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Date:		Saturday, 13 Oct 2007 10:54:22 -0400
Subject: 18.0685 Most Significant Academic Books on Shakespeare
Comment:	RE: SHK 18.0685 Most Significant Academic Books on Shakespeare

Significant works in Shakespeare studies (among many others):

Robert Weimann, _Shakespeare and the Popular Traditions in the Theater_
Stephen Greenblatt, _Renaissance Self-Fashioning_ and _Shakespearean 
Negotiations_
Carolyn Lenz, Gayle Greene, and Carol Neely (eds.), _The Woman's Part: 
Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare_
Patricia Parker and Geofrey Hartman, eds. _Shakespeare and the Question 
of Theory_
Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield, eds. Political Shakespeares
Terence Hawkes, _That Shakespeherian Rag_
John Drakakis, ed. _Alternative Shakespeares_

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From:		Julia Crockett <
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Date:		Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007 12:40:44 +0100
Subject:	Most Significant Academic Books

Although not directly a book on Shakespeare, _Michel Foucault's 
Discipline and Punish_,(1977), _La Volonte de Savoir_ (1976), _History 
of Sexuality_ Vol 1 (1978), Jacques Derrida's essay from 1966 
'Structure, Sign and Play' (and his later _Spectres of Marx_) and 
Jacques Lacan's _The Language of the Self_ (1968) feed into Stephen 
Greenblatt's landmark _Renaissance Self-Fashioning_ (1980). Eve Kosofsky 
Sedgwick's _Between Men_, Jonathan Goldberg's _Sodomy and 
Interpretation_ address homosociality/homosexuality. Another - not 
directly Shakespearean but developing and modifying the rich vein of 
ideas in circulation - is Judith Butler's _Bodies Than Matter_ (1993). 
All these thinkers register the dominance of ontology in postmodernism 
in contradistinction to modernism where the dominant was 
epistemological. The most influential modern book on Shakespeare is - or 
should be - eds. Grady and Hawkes, _Presentist Shakespeares_ (2007)

A fictional work of rare genius is Angela Carter's _Wise Children_ 
(1991) which has as its epigraph 'Brush up your Shakespeare.'

Onward, forwards and backwards,
Julia Crockett

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