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Shakespeare and Literary Theory

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How is it that the British literary critic Terry Eagleton can say that 'it is difficult to read Shakespeare without feeling that he was almost certainly familiar with the writings of Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Wittgenstein and Derrida', or that the Slovenian psychoanalytic theorist Slavoj Zizek can observe that 'Shakespeare without doubt had read Lacan'? Shakespeare ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 10th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published July 1st 2010)
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M.L. Rio
An interesting collection of interpretation of existing theories--everything from post-structuralist Marxism to queery theory--as applicable to Shakespeare. Harris makes few assertions of his own and instead provides a review of such well-known scholars and theorists such as Derrida, Freud, and Stephen Greenblatt. Overall, a good introduction to the broad genre of Shakespearean analysis and interpretation, but it may leave readers unfamiliar with Shakespeare's plays and poetry floundering.
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An excellent companion book tracing both the theoretical inheritance of, but its origins in, Shakespeare. Especially helpful for those looking to expand their theoretical explorations. The book provides an excellent companion to theory and The Bard.
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