- Taschenbuch: 205 Seiten
- Verlag: New Historicism: Studies in Cu; Auflage: Reprint (14. April 1989)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0520061608
- ISBN-13: 978-0520061606
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,4 x 22,4 cm
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Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England (New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 14. April 1989
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"["Shakespearean Negotiations], so sharp on cultural stereotypes and on the abuse of power, should be read by all students of history and literature, by all thinking men and women."--E.A.J. Honigmann, "New York Review of Books
Examines Shakespeare's plays in terms of Elizabethan society, analyzes exorcism, cross-dressing, colonial propaganda, and the law, and discusses Shakespeare's cultural influences.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The preceding summation aligns closely with the deconstructive tenets of Jacques Derrida and the general post-structuralist/post-modernist theories of writers like Michael Foucault and Jean-Francois Lyotard. Greenblatt is a Renaissance scholar who uses Shakespeare as fulcrum as one who wrote his plays knowing that both contemporary and future readers would read these plays not as stand alone texts but as texts that are ineluctably embedded in non-canonical and even trivial sources. Greenblatt is convinced that Shakespeare was typical of sixteenth and seventeenth century writers who took ideas from the various interlocking strands of society about them and re-fashioned and re-shaped them in so powerful a way that future critics simple assume that his writings are the product or an originary literary genius. Greenblatt holds that the Bard's genius lay primarily in this re-fashioning of pre-existing ideas, customs, habits, and other assorted cultural trivia in a practice that Greenblatt terms "negotiations," hence the title of his book.
Not all theorists today are convinced of the practicality or even the suitability of a theory that demands that one take the word of Stephen Greenblatt that William Shakespeare really did intend his plays to be taken in a way that reduces them as not much more than a literary appendage to a vastly larger web of interconnected cultural strands of which Shakespeare was but one tiny filament. Greenblatt couches his book with a convincing array of impressive post-structuralist scholarly jargon as he nails down his thesis with many telling points. But the problem here begins with the first line of "The Circulation of Social Energy:" "I began with the desire to speak with the dead." Greenblatt implies a great deal more than he intends. His wish is to open a conduit to the past so that the marginalized voices of the long dead disenfranchised may be heard. Instead many have noted that the voice truly being heard is not the collective voices from the past but the originary voice of Stephen Greenblatt himself. Thus this one-to-many dialogue symbolizes the very concept of forced unity that he wishes to dispel. Still, Shakespearean Negotiations is a superbly written text that deserves to be read even if one feels like contesting it.
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