Notorious Identity Materializing the Subject in Shakespeare

ISBN-10: 0674627814
ISBN-13: 9780674627819
Edition: 1993
Authors: Linda Charnes
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Description: Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra--these were figures of intense signification long before Shakespeare took up the task of giving them new life on the stage. And when he did, Linda Charnes argues, he used these legendary  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 8/11/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Richard III, Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra--these were figures of intense signification long before Shakespeare took up the task of giving them new life on the stage. And when he did, Linda Charnes argues, he used these legendary figures to explore a new kind of fame--notorious identity--an infamy based not on the moral and ethical "use value" of legend but on a commodification of identity itself: one that must be understood in the context of early modern England's emergent capitalism and its conditions of economic, textual, theatrical, and cultural reproduction. Ranging across cultural materialism, new historicism, feminist psychoanalysis, cultural anthropology, deconstruction, and theories of postmodernity, the author practices a "theory without organs"--which she provocatively calls a constructive "New Hystericism"--retheorizing the discourses of reigning methodologies as much as those in Shakespeare's plays.

Linda Charnes is Associate Professor of English, Renaissance Studies, and Cultural Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Introduction
Belaboring the Obvious Reading the Monstrous Body in King Richard 3
"So Unsecret to Ourselves" Notorious Identity and the Material Subject in Troilus and Cressida
Spies and Whispers Exceeding Reputation in Antony and Cleopatra
Conclusion
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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