Meaning by Shakespeare
By (author) Terence Hawkes
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Meaning by Shakespeare by Terence Hawkes
Book DescriptionWe traditionally assume that the 'meaning' of each of Shakespeares plays is bequeathed to it by the Bard. It is as if, to the information which used to be given in theatrical programmes, 'Cigarettes by Abdullah, Costumes by Motley, Music by Mendelssohn', we should add 'Meaning by Shakespeare'. These essays rest on a different, almost opposite, principle. Developing the arguments of the same author's That Shakespearean Rag (1986), they put the case that Shakespeare's plays have no essential meanings, but function as resources which we use to generate meaning. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, Coriolanus and King Lear, amongst other plays, are examined as concrete instances of the covert process whereby, in the twentieth century, Shakespeare doesn't mean: we mean by Shakespeare. Meaning by Shakespeare concludes with 'Bardbiz', a review of recent critical approaches to Shakespeare, which initiated a long-running debate (1990-1991) when it first appeared in The London Review of Books.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415074513
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Oct-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Terence Hawkes
That Shakespeherian Rag, Paperback (September 2008)
A collection of essays that focuses on the ways in which our society 'processes' Shakespeare and the purposes for which this seems to be done. It examines the work of four influential critics: A C Bradley, Walter Raleigh, T S Eliot and John Dover Wilson.
Presentist Shakespeares, Paperback (November 2006)
Featuring a list of contributors, this collection of readings adopts an approach to Shakespeare by focusing on the principles of 'presentism', a critical movement that takes account of the continual dialogue between past and present.
Structuralism and Semiotics, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by Terence Hawkes
This guide discusses the nature and development of structuralism and semiotics. It calls for a new critical awareness of the ways in which we communicate and draws attention to their implications for our society.
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Author Biography - Terence Hawkes
Terence Hawkes is Emeritus Professor of English at Cardiff University. He is the author of a number of books, including That Shakespherian Rag and Meaning By Shakespeare, and is General Editor of the Accents on Shakespeare series.
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