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Shakespeare's History Plays

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ISBN: 9780748646135 9781474423540 Year: Pages: 256 DOI: 10.26530/oapen_625259 Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100457
Subject: Performing Arts
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Shakespeare's History Plays boldly moves criticism of Shakespeare's history plays beyond anti-humanist theoretical approaches.This important intervention in the critical and theoretical discourse of Shakespeare studies summarises, evaluates and ultimately calls time on the mode of criticism that has prevailed in Shakespeare studies over the past thirty years. It heralds a new, more dynamic way of reading Shakespeare as a supremely intelligent and creative political thinker, whose history plays address and illuminate the very questions with which cultural historicists have been so preoccupied since the 1980s. In providing bold and original readings of the first and second tetralogies ( Henry VI, Richard III, Richard II and Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2), the book reignites old debates and re-energises recent bids to humanise Shakespeare and to restore agency to the individual in the critical readings of his plays.

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Dickens's London

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Book Series: Edinburgh Critical Studies in Victorian Culture ISBN: 9780748640409 9781474429795 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100854
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Taking Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project as an inspiration, Dickens's London offers an exciting and original project that opens a dialogue between phenomenology, philosophy and the Dickensian representation of the city in all its forms. Julian Wolfreys suggests that in their representations of London - its streets, buildings, public institutions, domestic residences, rooms and phenomena that constitute such space - Dickens's novels and journalism can be seen as forerunners of urban and material phenomenology. While also addressing those aspects of the urban that are developed from Dickens's interpretations of other literary forms, styles and genres, Dickens's London presents in twenty-six episodes (from Banking and Breakfast via the Insolvent Court, Melancholy and Poverty, to Todgers and Time, Voice and Waking) a radical reorientation to London in the nineteenth century, the development of Dickens as a writer, and the ways in which readers today receive and perceive both.

Rereading Heterosexuality

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ISBN: 9780748639557 9781474429818 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 100861
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Heterosexuality in contemporary novels, re-examined using the frameworks of feminism and queer theoryDrawing on feminist and queer theories of sex, gender and sexuality, this study focuses on female identities at odds with heterosexual norms. In particular, it explores narratives in which the conventional equation between heterosexuality, reproductive sexuality and female identity is questioned.- A timely exploration of the dynamic relationship between feminist and queer theory- Insightful close readings of acclaimed novels, including Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, Zoë Heller's Notes on a Scandal, A. M. Homes' The End of Alice, Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, Alan Warner's Morvern Callar and Sarah Waters' Affinity- Topics range from spinsterhood and intergenerational sexuality to transgender and human cloning

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