Posthumanist Shakespeares

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

EditorStefan Herbrechter, Ivan Callus

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Shakespeare scholars and cultural theorists critically investigate the relationship between early modern culture and contemporary political and technological changes concerning the idea of the "human." The volume covers the tragedies King Lear and Hamlet in particular, but also provides posthumanist readings of other Shakespearean plays.

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Shakespeare scholars and cultural theorists critically investigate the relationship between early modern culture and contemporary political and technological changes concerning the idea of the "human." The volume covers the tragedies King Lear and Hamlet in particular, but also provides posthumanist readings of other Shakespearean play...

STEFAN HERBRECHTER is reader in Cultural Theory and Postgraduate Programme Manager (Media) at Coventry University, UK. Before, he held posts at Leeds Trinity University College, UK, and Heidelberg University, Germany. His main publications include Lawrence Durrell: Postmodernism and the Ethics of Alterity (1999), Cultural Studies: Int...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230360904

ISBN - 13:9780230360907

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
Introduction: Shakespeare Ever After; S.Herbrechter
PART I: READING SHAKESPEARE "AFTER" HUMANISM
The Science of the Heart: Shakespeare, Kames and the Eighteenth-Century Invention of the Human; N.Rhodes
"a passion so strange, outrageous, and so variable:" The Invention of the Inhuman in The Merchant of Venice; S.Herbrechter
Shakespeare and the Character of Sheep; B.Boehrer
Homeostasis in Shakespeare; G.Egan
PART II: "POSTHUMANIST" READINGS
Care, Scepticism, Speaking in the Plural: Posthumanisms and Humanisms in King Lear; A.Mousley
Cyborg Coriolanus / Monster Body Politic; M.Pfannebecker
Renaissance Self-Unfashioning: Shakespeare's Late Plays as Exercises in Unravelling the Human; R.Emig
Surviving Truth (Measure for Measure); M.Robson
PART III: HAMLET, "POSTHUMANIST"
(Post-)Heideggerian Hamlet; L.Milesi
Loam, Moles, and l'homme: Reversible Hamlet; M-D.Garnier
''This'?: Posthumanism and the Graveyard Scene in Hamlet; I.Callus
Afterword: Post-Posthumanist Me: An Illiterate Reads Shakespeare; A.M.Cohen & D.B.King
Index