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"This volume deserves to be placed at the forefront of some of the most promising developments in today's Shakespeare scholarship and criticism."-Modern Language Quarterly "Kastan's study provides welcome new direction for Shakespearean study at a time when scholarly discussions have begun to stagnate.this timely study should offer new and stimulating directions for what my well be the next phase of Shakespearean scholarship."-Sixteenth-Century Journal ..." most readers will be grateful for his salutary insistence on and contributions to historical particularity, as well as his judicious criticism of "totalizing" methods."-Renaissance Quarterly "Kastan's ability to frame theoretical issues memorably is, in fact, a distinguishing mark of Shakespeare After Theory."-Journal of English and Germanic Philology "Kastan's book demonstrates wide reading in history as well as literature, much of it current and carefully documented. Recommended to upper-division undergraduates through faculty for the clarity of its presentation and the breadth of its scholarship.."-" Choice, June 2000

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David Scott Kastan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Among his publications are Shakespeare and the Shapes of Time, Staging the Renaissance (ed. with Peter Stallybrass), Critical Essays on Shakespeare's Hamlet, and The New History of Early English Drama (ed. with John Cox). He is also a general editor of the Arden Shakespeare.

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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Shakespeare for our Time 17 April 2001
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This is a smart, sophisticated, and stylish book that rescues Shakespeare from self-regarding criticism and delivers him safely to his readers. Kastan uses theory to move beyond theory, history to move beyond historicism; Shakespeare emerges here as interestingly as he has appeared in criticism for several decades. This is an important book that everyone who cares about Shakespeare should read.
4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The best book on Shakespeare in years! 13 Sept. 1999
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Finally, a book that doesn't seek to manipulate the square peg of Shakespeare into the round hole of contemporary culture!!! This book is a refreshing, informative and cleverly written take on the times that shaped Shakespeare's art. This is a must read.
5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
forget beckham 18 Aug. 2000
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This is a terrific book, agile, witty, canny, worthy of Comparison with Figo and Zidane rather than with that poseur Beckham). run out and buy it, cuz you'll be unable to participate in the pub Buzz without it.
7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Well past its sell by date 14 April 2000
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While Kastan writes very well, this book suffers both from being derivative (it pales in comparison to the work of much better critics such as Stephen Greenblatt) and out-of-date. Much of what Kastan publishes here was written and first presented in the mid-1980s. I would go elsewhere for fresher, more stimulating work on Shakespeare.
2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
We all follow the Forest 29 Mar. 2004
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A fabulous book by the literary critic annually named "Best Dressed Shakespearean" by Mr. Blackwell.
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