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Herder's Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 19.0210  Thursday, 10 April 2008

From:		Julie Haenisch <
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Date:		Monday, 07 Apr 2008 14:49:19 -0400
Subject:	Shakespeare

Below you will find a brief description of a new title published by 
Princeton University Press.

Shakespeare
Johann Gottfried Herder
Translated, edited, and with an introduction by Gregory Moore
Cloth | 2008 | $12.95 / ?7.95
128 pp. | 4 x 6

Without Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803), we simply would not 
understand Shakespeare in the way we do. In fact, much literature and 
art besides Shakespeare would neither look the same nor be the same 
without the influence of Herder's "Shakespeare" (1773). One of the most 
important and original works in the history of literary criticism, this 
passionate essay pioneered a new, historicist approach to cultural 
artifacts by arguing that they should be judged not by their conformity 
to a set of conventions imported from another time and place, but by the 
effectiveness of their response to their own historical and cultural 
context. Rejecting the authority of a dominant and stifling French 
neoclassicism that judged eighteenth-century plays by the criteria of 
Aristotle, Herder's "Shakespeare" signaled a break with the 
Enlightenment, the approach of Romanticism, and the arrival of a 
distinctly modern form of aesthetic appreciation.

With a vivid new translation and a fascinating introduction by Gregory 
Moore, this edition of Herder's classic will speak to today's readers 
with undiminished power and persuasiveness.

Gregory Moore is lecturer in German at the University of St. Andrews. He 
is the editor and translator of Herder's Selected Writings on Aesthetics 
(Princeton) and the author of Nietzsche, Biology and Metaphor.

"Herder's essay on Shakespeare is not an antique. It has the same 
vitalizing power as the grand sequence of English critical 
Shakespeareans: Dr. Johnson, Coleridge, Hazlitt, Bradley, Empson, 
Kermode, and Nuttall. Gregory Moore's translation and introduction alike 
are admirably eloquent and illuminating."-Harold Bloom

Read chapter 1 online, click here:
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8633.html

Julie Haenisch
Senior Text Promotion Manager
Princeton University Press
41 William Street
Princeton, NJ, 08540-5237
www.press.princeton.edu <http://www.press.princeton.edu/>
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