Shakespeare: Poetry, History, and Culture

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

byJonathan Hart

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In this stunning reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s works, Jonathan Hart explores key topics such as love, lust, time, culture, and history to unlock the Bard’s brilliant fictional worlds. From an in-depth look at the private and public myths of love in the narrative poems, through an examination of time in the sonnets, to a discussion of gender in the major history plays, this book offers close readings and new perspectives. Delving into the text and context of a wide range of poems and plays, Hart brings his wealth of experience to bear on Shakespeare’s representation of history.

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In this stunning reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s works, Jonathan Hart explores key topics such as love, lust, time, culture, and history to unlock the Bard’s brilliant fictional worlds. From an in-depth look at the private and public myths of love in the narrative poems, through an examination of time in the sonnets, to a discussion ...

Jonathan Hart, Director of Comparative Literature and Professor of English at University of Alberta, has published books of poetry, literary criticism and theory, and history.  His most latest book is Empires and Colonies and an edited collection, City of the End of Things. He has published five books with Palgrave Macmillan, most rec...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.57 × 6.31 × 0.79 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230616771

ISBN - 13:9780230616776

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Table of Contents

Introduction * PART I: Poetry * Contexts * Venus and Adonis * Rape of Lucrece * Sonnets * PART II: Culture and History * Barbarism and Its Contexts * Shakespeare’s Representation of History * Shakespeare’s England and Italy * Gender in the Second Tetralogy * Henry V * Henry VIII * Conclusion    

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“In this book, Hart combines his immense learning and his extraordinary gifts as poet, literary critic, and historian in a unique way. Shakespeare: Poetry, History, and Culture is the product of many years of research, thinking, teaching, and writing about Shakespeare. It combines brilliant and comprehensive new readings of Shakespeare’s poems with equally original readings of Shakespeare’s history plays. All these readings are placed in the full context of the intellectual, political, and social history of Shakespeare’s time. A rich spectrum of topics is addressed in detail: love and lust; Renaissance rhetorical theory; imperialism, barbarism, and monstrosity; Greece, Rome, and Italy in Shakespeare’s plays; gender in the history plays; irony and time in Shakespeare; Henry V as a problem play. This wonderful book is an invaluable Shakespeare companion for students, teachers, and general readers.”— J. Hillis Miller, UCI Distinguished Research Professor of Comparative Literature and English, University of California, Irvine