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Book Announcement: Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics
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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0479  Monday, 7 September 2009

From:       Hugh Grady <
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Date:       Monday, 7 Sep 2009 12:50:44 -0400
Subject:    Book Announcement: Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I'm pleased to announce the official publication, as of mid-August, of 
my new book from Cambridge University Press, _Shakespeare and Impure 
Aesthetics_. A continuation of my work on Shakespeare and modernity, it 
turns towards the issue of the rise of (something like) the concept of 
the aesthetic in Shakespeare's work, using the writings of Theodor 
Adorno and Walter Benjamin as a way of defining the aesthetic and its 
complex interactions with ideology, material society, human sexuality, 
and human mortality. I see a proleptic concept of the aesthetic in _A 
Midsummer Night's Dream_ and _Timon of Athens_, and explore aesthetics, 
mourning, and mortality (with much help from Walter Benjamin's 1928 _The 
Origins of German Tragic Drama_) in _Hamlet_ and _Romeo and Juliet_. The 
work draws on presentism, the new aesthetics, feminism, and Ecocriticism 
as well as Marxism and the Frankfurt School.

If you can't pay CUP the exorbitant price, please order it for your 
libraries!

All best,
Hugh Grady

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