Shakespeare And Marx

Paperback | September 30, 2004

byGabriel Egan

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Marxist cultural theory underlies much teaching and research in university departments of literature and has played a crucial role in the development of recent theoretical work. Feminism, New Historicism, cultural materialism, postcolonial theory, and queer theory all draw upon ideas aboutcultural production which can be traced to Marx, and significantly each also has a special relation with Renaissance literary studies. This book explores the past and continuing influence of Marx's ideas in work on Shakespeare. Marx's ideas about cultural production and its relation to economicproduction are clearly explained, together with the standard terminology and concepts such as base/superstructure, ideology, commodity fetishism, alienation, and reification. The influence of Marx's ideas on the theory and practice of Shakespeare criticism and performance is traced from theVictorian age to the present day. The continuing importance of these ideas is illustrated via new Marxist readings of King Lear, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, The Comedy of Errors, All's Well that Ends Well, and The Winter's Tale.

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Marxist cultural theory underlies much teaching and research in university departments of literature and has played a crucial role in the development of recent theoretical work. Feminism, New Historicism, cultural materialism, postcolonial theory, and queer theory all draw upon ideas aboutcultural production which can be traced to Marx...

Gabriel Egan is at Loughborough University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.54 inPublished:September 30, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019924992X

ISBN - 13:9780199249923

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Shakespeare, Marx, Production, and the World of Ideas2. Marx's Influence on Shakespeare Studies to 19683. Marx's Influence on Shakespeare Studies since 19684. Shakespeare and Marx TodayConclusion: Marx and GeneticsBibliography