Shakespeare and Economic Theory (Shakespeare and Theory)

De (autor) Dr Evelyn Gajowski
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Over the last 20 years, the concept of 'economic' activity has come to seem inseparable from psychological, semiotic and ideological experiences. In fact, the notion of the 'economy' as a discrete area of life seems increasingly implausible. This returns us to the situation of Shakespeare's England, where the financial had yet to be differentiated from other forms of representation. This book shows how concepts and concerns that were until recently considered purely economic affected the entire range of sixteenth and seventeenth century life. Using the work of such critics as Jean-Christophe Agnew, Douglas Bruster, Hugh Grady and many others, Shakespeare and Economic Theory traces economic literary criticism to its cultural and historical roots, and discusses its main practitioners. Providing new readings of Timon of Athens, King Lear, The Winter's Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Macbeth and The Tempest, David Hawkes shows how it can reveal previously unappreciated qualities of Shakespeare's work.
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ISBN-13: 9781472576972
ISBN-10: 1472576977
Pagini: 240
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 15 mm
Greutate: 0.23 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția The Arden Shakespeare
Seria Shakespeare and Theory

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Applies the theory to specific Shakespeare texts, offering new readings of The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and other key works

Notă biografică

David Hawkes is Professor in the Department of English at the Arizona State University, USA.


Series Editor's Preface Acknowledgements PrefacePART ONE Economics in History and Criticism 1 'Will into appetite': Economics and Chrematistics 2 'The future comes apace': The Birth of Restricted Economy 3 The Last of the Schoolmen: The Marxist Tradition 4 'The hatch and brood of time': Beyond the Economy5 Money as Metaphor: The New Economic Criticism PART TWO Economics in Shakespeare 6 'Going to the market-place': The Commons and the Commodity 7 'The soul of trade': Worth and Value 8 'Knaves of common hire': Wage Labour, Slavery and Reification 9 'Unkind abuse': The Legalization of Usury 10 'Lear's shadow': Identity, Property and PossessionConclusion: Magic and Alienation NotesBibliography Index


In a text rich with illustrations drawn from both the plays and Sonnets, Hawkes shows not only how Shakespeare was fully aware of the economic circumstances in which his work was being received but also how this awareness informed his writing. ... [A] wide-ranging and readable account.
The Arden Shakespeare has provided a benchmark for textual interpretation on the stage and academically for over a century.
David Hawkes's Shakespeare and Economic Theory is the most densely ambitious of the three, though its 88-page overview of economic theory (including classical economic terminology and Marxism, and summarizing the history of Marxist and anti-Marxist economic theory in Shakespeare studies) is itself a minor miracle of clarity and concision.