The Early Modern Corpse and Shakespeare's Theatre
By (author) Susan Zimmerman
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Early Modern Corpse and Shakespeare's Theatre by Susan Zimmerman
Book DescriptionWithin a theoretical framework that makes use of history, psychoanalysis and anthropology, The Early Modern Corpse and Shakespeare's Theatre explores the relationship of the public theatre to the question of what constituted the 'dead' in early modern English culture. Susan Zimmerman argues that concepts of the corpse as a semi-animate, generative and indeterminate entity were deeply rooted in medieval religious culture. Such concepts ran counter to early modern discourses that sought to harden categorical distinctions between body/spirit, animate/inanimate -- in particular, the attacks of Reformists on the materiality of 'dead' idols, and the rationale of the new anatomy for publicly dissecting 'dead' bodies. Zimmerman contends that within this context, theatrical representations of the corpse or corpse/revenant -- as seen here in the tragedies of Shakespeare and his contemporaries -- uniquely showcased the theatre's own ideological and performative agency. Features *Original in its conjunction of critical theory (Bataille, Kristeva, Lacan, Benjamin) with an historical account of the shifting status of the corpse in late medieval and early modern England. *The first study to demonstrate connections between the meanings attached to the material body in early modern Protestantism, the practice of anatomical dissection, and the English public theatre. *Strong market appeal to scholars and graduate students with interests in the theatre of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, early modern religion and science, and literary theory. *Relevant to advanced undergraduates taking widely taught courses in Shakespeare and in Renaissance drama.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748621033
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 14-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Susan Zimmerman
Early Modern Corpse and Shakespeare's Theatre, Paperback (June 2007)
This book explores the relationship of the public theatre to the question of what constituted the 'dead' in early modern English culture within a theoretical framework that makes use of history, psychoanalysis and anthropology.
Shakespeare's Tragedies, Paperback (September 1998)
Shakespeare's tragedies are crucial to the postmodern study of early modern subjectivity. In this collection of essays, eminent Shakespearean scholars examine ten of these tragedies through a variety of postmodern frameworks: historical, linguistic and psychoanalytical.
Erotic Politics, Paperback (December 1992)» View all books by Susan Zimmerman
These essays examine representations of eroticism in the English Renaissance theatre as well as larger issues of identity and sexual definition asserting that the English transvestite stage can serve as a primary decoder of early modern erotic experience.
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Author Biography - Susan Zimmerman
Susan Zimmerman is Professor of English at the City University of New York
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