The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0020  Friday, 18 January 2013


From:        Eleazer Durfee <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         January 17, 2013 3:02:04 PM EST

Subject:     Shakespeare’s Sense of Character-On the Page and From the Stage


Dear Editor,


We have recently published a book which may be of interest to your readers-


Shakespeare’s Sense of Character-On the Page and From the Stage

Edited by Yu Jin Ko, Wellesley College, USA and Michael W. Shurgot, South Puget Sound Community College

Series: Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama

ISBN: 978-1-4094-4066-6

Published December 2012


Making a unique intervention in an incipient but powerful resurgence of academic interest in character-based approaches to Shakespeare, this book brings scholars and theatre practitioners together to rethink why and how character continues to matter. Contributors seek in particular to expand our notions of what Shakespearean character is, and to extend the range of critical vocabularies in which character criticism can work. The return to character thus involves incorporating as well as contesting postmodern ideas that have radically revised our conceptions of subjectivity and selfhood.  At the same time, by engaging theatre practitioners, this book promotes the kind of comprehensive dialogue that is necessary for the common endeavor of sustaining the vitality of Shakespeare’s characters.


Full details and page extracts are available at www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409440666


Eleazer D. Durfee 

Ashgate/Lund Humphries Publishing Company



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