Shakespeare After Theory
The most familiar assertion of Shakespeare scholarship is that he is our contemporary. Shakespeare After Theory provocatively argues that he is not, but what value he has for us must at least begin with a recognition of his distance from us.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 29th 1999 by Routledge
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More theory (and theory about theory) than Shakespeare, this is a technical book for a specialized audience--by no means too difficult for the general reader but the amount of work one has to put into it isn't equal to the value one would get. Excellent discussion of the "New Historicism" (which isn't new anymore, of course) contrasting it to the actual study of history. Kagan writes that literary theorists read history but historians don't read literary criticism which seems to be born out.