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Title Posthumanist Shakespeares / edited by Stefan Herbrechter and Ivan Callus
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 261 pages) : illustrations
Series Palgrave Shakespeare studies
Palgrave Shakespeare studies.
Contents Introduction: Shakespeare Ever After; S. Herbrechter -- PART I: READING SHAKESPEARE 'AFTER' HUMANISM. The Science of the Heart: Shakespeare, Kames and the Eighteenth-Century Invention of the Human / Neil Rhodes ; 'a passion so strange, outrageous, and so variable': The Invention of the Inhuman in The Merchant of Venice / Stefan Herbrechter ; Shakespeare and the Character of Sheep / Bruce Boehrer ; Homeostasis in Shakespeare / Gabriel Egan -- PART II: 'POSTHUMANIST' READINGS. Care, Scepticism, Speaking in the Plural: Posthumanisms and Humanisms in King Lear / Andy Mousley ; Cyborg Coriolanus / Monster Body Politic / Mareile Pfannebecker ; Renaissance Self-Unfashioning: Shakespeare's Late Plays as Exercises in Unravelling the Human / Rainer Emig -- Surviving Truth (Measure for Measure) / Mark Robson -- PART III: HAMLET, 'POSTHUMANIST'? (Post- )Heideggerian Hamlet / Laurent Milesi -- Loam, Moles, and l'homme: Reversible Hamlet / Marie-Dominique Garnier -- 'This'?': Posthumanism and the Graveyard Scene in Hamlet / Ivan Callus -- Afterword: Post-Posthumanist Me: An Illiterate Reads Shakespeare / Adam Max Cohen and David B. King
Summary Posthumanist Shakespeares is a critical investigation of the relationship between early modern culture and contemporary political and technological changes concerning the idea of the 'human.' The volume covers the tragedies King Lear and Hamlet in particular, but also provides posthumanist readings of The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Coriolanus, The Winter's Tale, Timon of Athens and Pericles. The value of the collection lies in extending a posthumanist paradigm to interpretations of Shakespeare, and in demonstrating how posthumanism can be in turn read back by Shakespeare's work. What emerges from Posthumanist Shakespeares is that the encounter between posthumanism and Shakespeare studies, far from being unlikely, is productive for both fields and can lead to a critical rethinking of both, recasting questions concerning time, life, death, science, technology, and the nature of the human
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
English literature -- Philosophy.
Humanism in literature.
Humanities -- Methodology.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Callus, Ivan, 1967- editor
Herbrechter, Stefan, editor
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ISBN 1137033592 (electronic bk.)
9781137033598 (electronic bk.)