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Impressive Shakespeare : identity, authority and the imprint in Shakespearean drama / Harry Newman.

Author/Creator:
Newman, Harry (Harry Rex), author.
Publication:
London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019. , ©2019
Series:
Material readings in early modern culture.
Material readings in early modern culture
Format/Description:
Book
xii, 199 pages: illustrations ; 24 cm.
Subjects:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Printing.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Material culture.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Printing in literature.
Material culture in literature.
Material culture.
Material culture in literature.
Printing.
Printing in literature.
Summary:
"Impressive Shakespeare reassesses Shakespeare's relationship with 'print culture' in light of his plays' engagement with the language and material culture of three interrelated 'impressing technologies': wax sealing, coining, and typographic printing. It analyses the material and rhetorical forms through which drama was thought to 'imprint' early modern audiences and readers with ideas, morals and memories, and--looking to our own cultural moment--shows how Shakespeare has been historically constructed as an 'impressive' dramatist. Through material readings of four plays--Coriolanus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure and The Winter's Tale--Harry Newman argues that Shakespeare deploys the imprint as a self-reflexive trope in order to advertise the value of his plays to audiences and readers, and that in turn the language of impression has shaped, and continues to shape, Shakespeare's critical afterlife. The book pushes the boundaries of what we understand by 'print culture', and challenges assumptions about the emergence of concepts now central to Shakespeare's perceived canonical value, such as penetrating characterisation, poetic transformation, and literary fatherhood"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction: the stamp of the bard
Technology, language, physiology
"[T]he stamp of Martius": commoditised character and the technology of theatrical impression in Coriolanus
"[A] form in wax,/by him imprinted": sealing and poetics in A midsummer night's dream
"[S]tamps that are forbid": Measure for measure,counterfeit coinage, and the politics of value
The printer's tale: books, children, and the prefatory construction of Shakespearean authorship
Conclusion: canon, reproduction, ethics.
Notes:
Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Birmingham, 2012.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 169-193) and index.
Other format:
Online version: Newman, Harry (Harry Rex), author. Impressive Shakespeare
ISBN:
9781472465320
1472465326
9781315588001
OCLC:
1082296913
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