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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (5 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719043522
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719043529
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 221,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By twj98@aber.ac.uk on 22 Feb 2002
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Dollimore's collection of essays is considered a classic theoretical volume, and it was the first to outline the cultural materialist approach to the study of Shakespeare. When originally published many of the themes within this text were groundbeaking and revolutionary, and they remain vitally important today. As with any fresh approach to a subject, the early impetus can be felt in the essays which began it all, and this is true of political shakespeare. Cultural Materialism is still relevant today, and it has become an accepted part of the body of literary theory. The essays may not seem so radical now, but they are retain their vibrancy, and for anybody wishing to advance their knowledge of Shakespeare, this book is an excellent resource. It is primarily a collection of academic essays, but they are neither boring nor obtuse. Anybody with an interest in Shakespeare could understand the ideas in this text, and anybody who wishes to do so should be encouraged to buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Mar 2012
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This was a ground-breaking collection of essays when it was first published, and is still relevant, stimulating and productive today. It's sometimes blithely assumed that modern theory only works with modern texts, but this is part of an ongoing academic project to retrospectively apply theory to early modern works, here Shakespeare.

Confronting head on the popular idea of Shakespeare as somehow being 'timeless', that is, situated outside of history, and quite separate from the cultural forces which shaped the early modern world, this instead looks at how the texts mediate, confront, and participate in the ideologies of the period.

This is recommended reading for English undergraduates, and anyone interested not just in the intersection between literature and politics, but the way in which literature is - always and inevitably - a political and ideological practice.
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It collects a number of essential essays on Shakespeare's plays by J. Dollimore, S. Greenblatt, P. Brown, Sinfield from the very enriching perspective of cultural materialism which challenges the division between high and low cultural forms of art, and therefore the supposedly universal truths traditionally assigned by . The Elizabethan and Jacobean texts are related in these essays to their context of production, to the interpretations and reconstructions the Shakesperean texts undergo through time and depending on the institutions of cultural production. The essays in this collection are politically committed. However, this is not a weakness but rather a reaffirmation that in reading and watching Shakespeare or any other artist, no one really is in spite of the alledged attempts to remain so expressed by previous critical approaches.
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