Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book

Hardcover | April 29, 2007

byCharlotte Scott

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The 'book' - both material and metaphoric - is strewn throughout Shakespeare's plays: it is held by Hamlet as he turns through revenge to madness; buried deep in the mudded ooze by Prospero when he has shaken out his art like music and violence; it is forced by Richard II to withstand themortality of deposition, fetishised by lovers, tormented by pedagogues, lost by kings, written by the alienated, and hung about war with the blood of lost voices. The 'book' begins and ends Shakespeare's dramatic career as change itself, standing the distance between violence and hope, betweenholding and losing. Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book is about the book in Shakespeare's plays. Focusing on seven plays, not only for the chronology and range they present, but also for their particular relationship to the book - whether it is political or humanist, cognitive or illusory,satirical or sexual, spiritual or secular, social or subjective - Scott argues that the book on stage, its literal and semantic presence, offers one of the most articulate and developed hermeneutic tools available for the study of early modern English culture.

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The 'book' - both material and metaphoric - is strewn throughout Shakespeare's plays: it is held by Hamlet as he turns through revenge to madness; buried deep in the mudded ooze by Prospero when he has shaken out his art like music and violence; it is forced by Richard II to withstand themortality of deposition, fetishised by lovers, t...

Charlotte Scott is a Lecturer in Shakespeare at Goldsmiths College, The University of London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:April 29, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199212104

ISBN - 13:9780199212101

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: 'Give me that glass, and therein will I read'2. 'Sad stories chanced in the times of old': the book in performance in iTitus Andronicus/i and iCymbeline/i3. 'The lunatic, the lover, and the poet': teaching, perversion, and subversion in iThe Taming of The Shrew/i and iLove's Labour's Lost/i4. 'Marked with a blot, damned in the book of heaven': word, image, and the Reformation of the self in iRichard II/i5. 'Minding true things by what their mockeries be': forgetting and remembering in iHamlet/i6. 'Rather like a dream than an assurance': iThe Tempest/i and the Book of Illusions7. Conclusion: 'We turn'd o'er many books together'