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Shakespeare and the 99%

Literary Studies, the Profession, and the Production of Inequity

Editors: O'Dair, Sharon, Francisco, Timothy (Eds.)

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  • Moves beyond stereotypes to explore the realities of inclusion in academia
  • Provides important analysis of factors affecting social mobility, access, and cultural capital at a range of institutions
  • Contributes to the conversation about Shakespeare pedagogy and criticism
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Through the discursive political lenses of Occupy Wall Street and the 99%, this volume of essays examines the study of Shakespeare and of literature more generally in today’s climate of educational and professional uncertainty. Acknowledging the problematic relationship of higher education to the production of inequity and hierarchy in our society, essays in this book examine the profession, our pedagogy, and our scholarship in an effort to direct Shakespeare studies, literary studies, and higher education itself toward greater equity for students and professors. Covering a range of topics from diverse positions and perspectives, these essays confront and question foundational assumptions about higher education, and hence society, including intellectual merit and institutional status.  These essays comprise a timely conversation critical for understanding our profession in “post-Occupy” America.


About the authors

Sharon O’Dair is Professor of English, Emerita at the University of Alabama, USA. She is author of Class, Critics, and Shakespeare:  Bottom Lines on the Culture Wars (2000).

Timothy Francisco is Professor of English and Director of The Center for Working Class Studies at Youngstown State University, USA.

Reviews

“The smartest, most original, and most useful book on Shakespeare and the politics of higher education I have seen in many years.  Shakespeare and the 99% shows at once how vital Shakespeare can be for thinking through the structural inequalities of a debt-driven higher education system and how necessary Shakespeare’s work remains to non-elite students, readers, and citizens increasingly alienated from the classrooms of ivy-clad academe.  Writing from an unusually wide range of institutional positions and professional conditions, the contributors weave sophisticated theoretical analysis with situated personal detail in ways that neither float upward toward pious abstraction nor descend to the merely anecdotal. The result? An account of Shakespeare’s work, in his world and in ours, that feels genuinely new; a style of criticism living up to the promise of critique and responding to the responsibility of pedagogy and accessibility; and a model for committed humanities scholarship in the twenty-first century.” (Henry S. Turner, Professor of English, Rutgers University, USA)

“An incisive, invigorating critique of the promise of the humanities following the 2008 financial collapse and the rise of a debt economy, Shakespeare and the 99% offers startling answers to questions of what we can do with Shakespeare and what Shakespeare can do for us: his plays engender and combat political cynicism; they bolster and dismantle the divisions of class, race, and gender structuring higher education today. An avatar for tradition and lever for social mobility, Shakespeare, it turns out, may be our best, last hope for a revitalized and relevant liberal arts.” (Amanda Bailey, Professor of English, University of Maryland, USA)

Shakespeare and the 99% offers an engaging, provocative look at the profession and challenges readers to rethink Shakespeare’s place in today’s neoliberal university.  An important call to action for Shakespeare studies, the collection challenges us to examine our roles as scholars and pedagogues in the twenty-first century.” (Louise Geddes, Associate Professor of English, Adelphi University, USA)

 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction: ‘Truth in Advertising’—Shakespeare and the 99 Percent

    Francisco, Timothy (et al.)

    Pages 1-18

  • Identification, Alienation, and ‘Hating the Renaissance’

    Albanese, Denise

    Pages 19-36

  • Shakespeare, Alienation, and the Working-Class Student

    Eskew, Doug

    Pages 37-56

  • The Whip Hand: Elite Class Formation in Ascham’s The Schoolmaster, Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, and the Present Academy

    Bender, Daniel

    Pages 57-78

  • ‘Instruct Her What She Has to Do’: Education, Social Mobility, and Success

    Amster, Mara I.

    Pages 79-100

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03883-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03882-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shakespeare and the 99%
Book Subtitle
Literary Studies, the Profession, and the Production of Inequity
Editors
  • Sharon O'Dair
  • Timothy Francisco
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03883-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03883-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03882-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 285
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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