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William Shakespeare By Terry Eagleton

William Shakespeare by Terry Eagleton

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This is a bold and original reinterpretation of almost all of Shakespearea s major plays, in the light of the Marxist, feminist and semiotic ideas of our own time.

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William Shakespeare by Terry Eagleton

This is a bold and original reinterpretation of almost all of Shakespearea s major plays, in the light of the Marxist, feminist and semiotic ideas of our own time. Through a set of tenaciously detailed readings, the book illuminates a number of persistent problems or conflicts in Shakespearean drama -- in particular a contradiction between words and things, body and language, which is also explored in terms of law, sexuality and Nature. Language and desire, Terry Eagleton argues, are seen by Shakespeare as a kind of a surplusa over and above the body, stable and social roles and a fixed human nature. But the attitude of the plays to such a a surplusa is profoundly ambivalent; if they admire it as the very source of human creativity, they also fear its anarchic, trangressive force. Underlying such ambiguities, the book convincingly shows, is a deeper ideological struggle, between feudalist traditionalism on the one hand, and the emergence of new forms of bourgeois individualism on the other. This book revels how, in the light of our own contemporary theories of language, sexuality and society, we can understand the issues present in Shakespearea s drama which previously have remained obscure.

William Shakespeare Reviews

"Brilliant little book ... dazzling and exhilarating ... Eagleton is alive to the excitement and originality of a great playwright." Sunday Times "When you read this book you feel Eagletona s pleasure in reading Shakespearea s works. He deals with the plays in chapters which cut across the well--used categories and an excitement is created by the unexpectedness of the directions which he takes." Marxism Today "Always provocative, Mr. Eagleton does in print what directors regularly do on stage: change the century, stitch up new costumes, but preserve the story line and language." Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times

About Terry Eagleton

Terry Eagleton is Professor of Cultural Theory and John Rylands Fellow at the University of Manchester. His works include The Ideology of the Aesthetic (1990), Literacy Theory: An Introduction (1983), Walter Benjamin (1981) and Marxism and Literacy Criticism (1976).

Table of Contents

Preface. 1. Language: Macbeth, Richard II, Henry IV. 2. Desire: A Midsummer Nighta s Dream, Twelfth Night. 3. Law: The Merchant Of Venice, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida. 4. a Nothinga : Othello, Hamlet, Coriolanus. 5. Value: King Lear, Timon of Athern, Antony and Cleopatra. 6. Nature: As You Like It, The Wintera s Tale, The Tempest. Conclusion. Notes. Index.

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William Shakespeare by Terry Eagleton
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