Big-time Shakespeare

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Psychology Press, 1996 - 256 Seiten
Bristol debates Shakespeare's cultural success and widespread notoriety, his achievement of contemporary celebrity and argues that Shakespeare's plays represent the pathos of our civilization with extraordinary force and clarity.Shakespeare has made the big time. No less than the Beatles or Liberace, Elvis Presley or Mick Jagger, Shakespeare is big-time in the idiomatic sense of cultural success and widespread notoriety. Not only has he achieved canonical status, Shakespeare is a contemporary celebrity. His artistic distinction and aptitude for controversy constantly keeps his name in the public eye.Bristol debates Shakespeare's cultural authority, and clarifies the semantics of his name in our culture. Big-Time Shakespeare suggests his plays represent the pathos of our civilisation with extraordinary force and clarity. Shakespeare's contradictory understanding of the social and cultural past is also examined with close analysis of The Winter's Tale, Othello, and Hamlet.
 

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Introduction
3
The bias of the world
30
Shakespearean technologies
59
Crying all the way to the bank
88
essential Shakespeare
121
Social time in The Winters Tale
147
Race and the comedy of abjection in Othello
175
Calvin and Hobbes or what was democracy
203
References
235
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