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The Modernist Shakespeare : Critical Texts in a Material World - Hugh Grady

The Modernist Shakespeare

Critical Texts in a Material World

Paperback Published: 8th December 1994
ISBN: 9780198183228
Number Of Pages: 280

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Every epoch recreates its classical icons--and for literary culture no icon is more central or more protean than Shakespeare. Even though finding the authentic Shakespeare has been a goal of scholarship since the eighteenth century, he has always been constructed as a contemporary author. In this critical study, Grady charts the construction of Shakespeare as a twentieth-century text, redirecting "new historicist" methods to an investigation of the social roots of contemporary Shakespeare criticism. Beginning with the formation of professionalism as an ideology in the Victorian Age, this theoretically-informed study describes widespread attempts to save the values of the cultural tradition, in reformulated Modernist guise, from the threat of professionalist positivism in modern universities.

`the arguments it provokes are important ones' Notes and Queries `a fluently meticulous history ... carefully nuanced, and theoretically incisive' Review of English Studies

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Constructing the Modernist Paradigm and G. Wilson Knight's Spatial Hermeneuticsp. 74
The New Critical Shakespeare: The Tensions of Unityp. 113
Professionalism, Nationalism, Modernism the Case of E. M. W. Tillyardp. 158
Toward the Postmodern Shakespeare Contemporary Critical Trendsp. 190
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780198183228
ISBN-10: 0198183224
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 8th December 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 14.28  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.37