Rematerializing Shakespeare

Authority and Representation on the Early Modern English Stage

  • Bryan Reynolds
  • William N. West

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

  3. The Form and Pressure of the Time: Popular and Unpopular Traditions

  4. What’ the Matter? Revisions and Reversions in Pen and Voice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 73-73
    2. Douglas Bruster
      Pages 95-114
    3. William N. West
      Pages 115-129
    4. Terence Hawkes
      Pages 130-138
  5. Creatures Sitting at a Play: The Authority and Representation of Audiences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. David Hillman
      Pages 161-185
    3. Kathleen McLuskie
      Pages 186-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 226-230

About this book


To 'rematerialize' in the sense of Rematerializing Shakespeare: Authority and Representation on the Early Modern English Stage is not to recover a lost material infrastructure, as Marx spoke of, nor is it to restore to some material existence its priority over the imaginary. Indeed, this collection of work by some of the most highly-regarded critics in Shakespeare studies does not offer a single theoretical stance on any of the various forms of critical materialism (Marxism, cultural materialism, new historicism, transversal poetics, gender studies, or performance criticism), but rather demonstrates that the materiality of Shakespeare is multidimensional and consists of the imagination, the intended, and the desired. Nothing returns in this rematerialization, unless it is a return in the sense of the repressed, which, when it comes back, comes back as something else. An all-star line-up of contributors includes Kate McLuskie, Terence Hawkes, Catherine Belsey and Doug Bruster.


Hamlet poetics William Shakespeare

Editors and affiliations

  • Bryan Reynolds
    • 1
  • William N. West
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Northwestern UniversityUSA

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