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Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700

Shakespeare and the Question of Culture

Early Modern Literature and the Cultural Turn

Authors: Bruster, D.

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The last two decades have witnessed a profound change in the way we receive the literary texts of early modern England. One could call this a move from 'text' to 'culture'. Put briefly, earlier critics tended to focus on literary texts, strictly conceived: plays, poems, prose fictions, essays. Since the mid-1980s, however, it has been just as likely for critics to speak of the 'culture' of early modern England, even when they do so in conjunction with analysis of literary texts. This 'cultural turn' has clearly enriched the way in which we read the texts of early modern England, but the interdisciplinary practices involved have frequently led critics to make claims about materials - and about the 'culture' these materials appear to embody - that exceed those materials' representativeness. Shakespeare and the Question of Culture addresses the central issue of 'culture' in early modern studies through both literary history and disciplinary critique. Douglas Bruster argues that the 'culture' literary critiques investigate through the works of Shakespeare and other writers is largely a literary culture, and he examines what this necessary limitation of the scope of 'cultural studies' means for the discipline of early modern studies.

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DOUGLAS BRUSTER teaches at The University of Texas at Austin. He is author of Drama and the Market in the Age of Shakespeare, Quoting Shakespeare, and textual editor of The Changeling for The Collected Works of Thomas Middleton.

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'...a strikingly intelligent, comprehensive and occasionally contentious analysis of the current state of play in early modern literary studies, its history, and the paths open to critics in the future.' - Times Literary Supplement


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Shakespeare and the Question of Culture

    Pages 3-28

    Bruster, Douglas

  • Deep Focus

    Pages 29-62

    Bruster, Douglas

  • The Structural Transformation of Print in Late Elizabethan England

    Pages 65-93

    Bruster, Douglas

  • The Dramatic Life of Objects in the Early Modern Theater

    Pages 95-118

    Bruster, Douglas

  • Female-Female Eroticism and the Early Modern Stage

    Pages 119-144

    Bruster, Douglas

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespeare and the Question of Culture
Book Subtitle
Early Modern Literature and the Cultural Turn
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-05156-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-05156-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-312-29438-0
Softcover ISBN
978-0-312-29439-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 279
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