This edited collection of essays on Shakespeare includes writings on Shakespeare in his time, in our time, and in the future. It looks at why we talk so much about Shakespeare by considering the dominant views and theories on his work at the beginning of the new millennium. Essays included examine topics such as touring practices in Shakespeare's day, the history of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare in relation to his contemporaries, Shakespeare and homoeroticism and Shakespeare and the future. Talking Shakespeare, as its title implies, focuses on the reciprocal relationship between past and present, the way Shakespeare talks to us, the ways in which we talk about Shakespeare, and the way in which Shakespeare, ultimately, is 'all talk'. Indeed the approach employed throughout the book is a consideration of the ways in which the past informs the present as well as how the present informs the past. The book takes a multi-disciplinary view of Shakespeare, looking at how Shakespeare is 'talked about' in the fields of English Studies, Performance Studies and Cultural Studies.
There is also an appendix surveying material available on Shakespeare in the electronic or 'virtual' library.
'An enjoyable, stimulating read...The book is wide-ranging in scope with thoughtful discussions of stage performance and film and intriguing speculations on touring practice. The appendix with details of electronic sources is also handy for students.' - Dr Maria Jones, University of Wolverhampton 'An excellent selection of articles on a wide range of topics. Will strongly recommend to my students.' - David Olive, Manchester Metropolitan University 'Excellent material for approaching texts from Cultural Studies angle.' - Ann Heilmann, University of Wales Swansea 'A rich and lively volume which gives testimony not only to the vitality of Shakespeare studies in our time but also to the existence of a lively and impressive band of Shakespeare scholars centred at De Montfort University.' - Christopher Wortham, University of Western Australia