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Gothic Shakespeares by John Drakakis
Book DescriptionReadings of Shakespeare were both influenced by and influential in the rise of Gothic forms in literature and culture from the late eighteenth century onwards. Shakespeare's plays are full of ghosts, suspense, fear-inducing moments and cultural anxieties which many writers in the Gothic mode have since emulated, adapted and appropriated. The contributors to this volume consider: * Shakespeare's relationship with popular Gothic fiction of the eighteenth century * how, without Shakespeare as a point of reference, the Gothic mode in fiction and drama may not have developed and evolved in quite the way it did * the ways in which the Gothic engages in a complex dialogue with Shakespeare, often through the use of quotation, citation and analogy * the extent to which the relationship between Shakespeare and the Gothic requires a radical reappraisal in the light of contemporary literary theory, as well as the popular extensions of the Gothic into many modern modes of representation. In Gothic Shakespeares, Shakespeare is considered alongside major Gothic texts and writers - from Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis and Mary Shelley, up to and including contemporary Gothic fiction and horror film. This volume offers a highly original and truly provocative account of Gothic reformulations of Shakespeare, and Shakespeare's significance to the Gothic. Contributors include: Fred Botting, Elizabeth Bronfen, Glennis Byron, Sue Chaplin, Steven Craig, John Drakakis, Michael Gamer, Jerrold Hogle, Peter Hutchings, Robert Miles, Dale Townshend, Scott Wilson and Angela Wright.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415420679
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Drakakis
Gothic Shakespeares, Hardback (December 2008)
Considers Shakespeare alongside major Gothic texts and writers - from Horace Walpole, Ann Radcliffe, Matthew Lewis and Mary Shelley, up to and including contemporary Gothic fiction and horror film. This book presents an account of Gothic reformulations of Shakespeare, and Shakespeare's significance to the Gothic.
Merchant of Venice', Paperback (April 2006)
The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare's most problematic plays, largely because of what is seen as its inherent anti-semitism. At the centre of the play is one of the most famous anti-heroes in Shakespeare: Shylock 'the Jew'. How to interpret Shylock baffles critics as they divide on whether Shakespeare is prejudiced or sympathetic.
Alternative Shakespeares, Paperback (May 2002)» View all books by John Drakakis
This book is a unique collection of essays by founding figures in this movement to remake Shakespeare studies. Each essay challenges the Shakespeare myth and the assumptions underlying traditional modes of criticism.
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Author Biography - John Drakakis
John Drakakis is Professor in the Department of English, University of Stirling. He has published articles, chapters and books on a wide variety of literature, drama, critical theory and cultural studies. He is also the series editor for Routledge's 'New Critical Idiom series'. Dale Townshend is Lecturer in Gothic and Romantic Literature in the Department of English, University of Stirling. He has published many articles and co-edited several books on the Gothic.
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