The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 23.0507  Monday, 10 December 2012


From:        Jean-Christophe MAYER <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 10, 2012 5:01:40 AM EST

Subject:     Book Announcement: Shakespeare et la postmodernité 


Book Announcement:

Jean-Christophe Mayer. Shakespeare et la postmodernité : Essais sur l’auteur, le religieux, l’histoire et le lecteur. Bern : Peter Lang, 2012, xii + 305p. ISBN 978-3-0343-1196-0 (paper), ISBN 978-3-0352-0166-6 (eBook).


 Book synopsis in English:


Shakespeare is one of the most performed authors worldwide, but his texts have also been a crucial testing ground for a wide variety of critical theorists. This book looks at the impact of the postmodern and poststructuralist movements on literary studies and more specifically on Shakespeare studies. Steering clear of overly dogmatic or reactionary positions, it offers fresh solutions to current critical problems. It invites us to rethink the way we relate to Shakespeare’s text through a re-examination of four key notions: the Author, Religion, History and the Reader. The paradox of Shakespeare’s presence and absence as an author is investigated, as well as the “religious turn” in Shakespeare studies. Through a constructive critique of New Historicism and Presentism, the links between literature and history are reconsidered and established on new ground. Finally, and even if Shakespeare wrote mostly for the stage, the book shows how his early readers significantly transformed the reception of his works.


 About the Author:


Jean-Christophe Mayer is a Research Professor of English Renaissance Studies employed by the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is also a member of the Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL) at University Paul Valery, Montpellier, France.


 Publisher description and orders:

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