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Shakespeare in Theory and Practice

Catherine Belsey


The chapters in this book put theory to work in order to register Shakespeare's powers of seduction, together with his moment in history. Teasing out the meanings of the narrative poems, as well as some of the more familiar plays, the book demonstrates the possibilities of an attention to textuality that also draws on the archive. A reading of the Sonnets, written specially for the book, analyses their intricate and ambivalent inscription of desire. Between them, these chapters trace the progress of theory in the course of three decades, while a new introduction offers a narrative and analytic ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, narrative poems, textuality, Sonnets, desire, poststructuralist theory, seduction, plays, archive, progress of theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748633012
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633012.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Belsey, author