Misrepresentations Graham Bradshaw

ISBN: 9780801428906

Published: December 16th 1993

Hardcover

330 pages


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Misrepresentations  by  Graham Bradshaw

Misrepresentations by Graham Bradshaw
December 16th 1993 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 330 pages | ISBN: 9780801428906 | 6.35 Mb

Just at the moment when conflicts between critical isms are threatening to turn the study of English literature into a game park for endangered texts, Graham Bradshaw arrives with a work of liberating wit and insight. His subject is double: theMoreJust at the moment when conflicts between critical isms are threatening to turn the study of English literature into a game park for endangered texts, Graham Bradshaw arrives with a work of liberating wit and insight.

His subject is double: the Shakespeare he reads and the Shakespeare that critics in the ranks of the new historicists and cultural materialists are representing (or misrepresenting). In writing on Henry V, Othello, The Tempest, and The Merchant of Venice, Bradshaw probes the complex dramatic thinking behind the plays. He is much concerned with Shakespeares dramatic rhyming, the manner in which different parts of the plays are brought to bear on one another within a complex design.

Branching out from these readings, he shows how frequently politicized materialist readings expose and contradict one another in their partial and opportunistic samplings of Shakespeares texts. Bradshaw argues that the plays can help us to historicize our present, if we allow them to test - instead of using them to instantiate - our cherished theories. Far more than elegant nay-saying, Misrepresentations moves toward a rich new conceptualization of cultural poetics, one responsive to our present critical situation and to the intricate designs of Shakespeares poetic drama.



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