Shakespeare and Memory

Author: Hester Lees-Jeffries

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199674256

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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Hamlet's father's Ghost asks his son to 'Remember me!', but how did people remember around 1600? And how do we remember now? Shakespeare and Memory brings together classical and early modern sources, theatre history, performance, material culture, and cognitive psychology and neuroscience in order to explore ideas about memory in Shakespeare's plays and poems. It argues that, when Shakespeare was writing, ideas about memory were undergoing a kind of crisis, as both the technologies of memory (print, the theatre itself) and the belief structures underpinning ideas about memory underwent rapid change. And it suggests that this crisis might be mirrored in our own time, when, despite all the increasing gadgetry at our disposal, memory can still be recovered, falsified, corrupted, or wiped: only we ourselves can remember, but the workings of memory remain mysterious. Shakespeare and Memory draws on works from all stages of Shakespeare's career, with a particular focus on Hamlet, the Sonnets, Twelfth Night, and The Winter's Tale. It considers some little things: what's Hamlet writing on? And why does Orsino think he smells violets? And it asks some big questions: how should the dead be remembered? What's the relationship between memory and identity? And is it art, above all, that enables love and beauty, memory and identity, to endure in the face of loss, time, and death?

The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory

Author: Andrew Hiscock,Lina Perkins Wilder

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317596846

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 362

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The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory introduces this vibrant field of study to students and scholars, whilst defining and extending critical debates in the area. The book begins with a series of "Critical Introductions" offering an overview of memory in particular areas of Shakespeare such as theatre, print culture, visual arts, post-colonial adaptation and new media. These essays both introduce the topic but also explore specific areas such as the way in which Shakespeare’s representation in the visual arts created a national and then a global poet. The entries then develop into more specific studies of the genre of Shakespeare, with sections on Tragedy, History, Comedy and Poetry, which include insightful readings of specific key plays. The book ends with a state of the art review of the area, charting major contributions to the debate, and illuminating areas for further study. The international range of contributors explore the nature of memory in religious, political, emotional and economic terms which are not only relevant to Shakespearean times, but to the way we think and read now.

Skepticism and Memory in Shakespeare and Donne

Author: A. Sherman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137086106

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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This book fills a lacuna in the intellectual history of the seventeenth century by investigating the role that skepticism plays in the declining prestige of memory. It argues that Shakespeare and Donne revolutionize the art of memory, thanks to their skepticism, and thereby transform literary strategies like mimesis, exemplarity, and pastoral.

Shakespeare, Memory and Performance

Author: Peter Holland

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521863805

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 357

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This collection by leading Shakespeare scholars, first published in 2006, brings together memory and performance.

Shakespeare and the Second World War

Memory, Culture, Identity

Author: Irene Rima Makaryk

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442644028

Category: Drama

Page: 338

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Shakespeare's works occupy a prismatic and complex position in world culture: they straddle both the high and the low, the national and the foreign, literature and theatre. The Second World War presents a fascinating case study of this phenomenon: most, if not all, of its combatants have laid claim to Shakespeare and have called upon his work to convey their society's self-image. In wartime, such claims frequently brought to the fore a crisis of cultural identity and of competing ownership of this 'universal' author. Despite this, the role of Shakespeare during the Second World War has not yet been examined or documented in any depth. Shakespeare and the Second World War provides the first sustained international, collaborative incursion into this terrain. The essays demonstrate how the wide variety of ways in which Shakespeare has been recycled, reviewed, and reinterpreted from 1939–1945 are both illuminated by and continue to illuminate the War today.

Reverberating Song in Shakespeare and Milton

Language, Memory, and Musical Representation

Author: Erin Minear

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317063724

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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In this study, Erin Minear explores the fascination of Shakespeare and Milton with the ability of music-heard, imagined, or remembered-to infiltrate language. Such infected language reproduces not so much the formal or sonic properties of music as its effects. Shakespeare's and Milton's understanding of these effects was determined, she argues, by history and culture as well as individual sensibility. They portray music as uncanny and divine, expressive and opaque, promoting associative rather than logical thought processes and unearthing unexpected memories. The title reflects the multiple and overlapping meanings of reverberation in the study: the lingering and infectious nature of musical sound; the questionable status of audible, earthly music as an echo of celestial harmonies; and one writer's allusions to another. Minear argues that many of the qualities that seem to us characteristically 'Shakespearean' stem from Shakespeare's engagement with how music works-and that Milton was deeply influenced by this aspect of Shakespearean poetics. Analyzing Milton's account of Shakespeare's 'warbled notes,' she demonstrates that he saw Shakespeare as a peculiarly musical poet, deeply and obscurely moving his audience with language that has ceased to mean, but nonetheless lingers hauntingly in the mind. Obsessed with the relationship between words and music for reasons of his own, including his father's profession as a composer, Milton would adopt, adapt, and finally reject Shakespeare's form of musical poetics in his own quest to 'join the angel choir.' Offering a new way of looking at the work of two major authors, this study engages and challenges scholars of Shakespeare, Milton, and early modern culture.

Shakespeare's Memory Theatre

Recollection, Properties, and Character

Author: Lina Perkins Wilder

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521764556

Category: Drama

Page: 221

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Wilder examines the excessive remembering of figures such as Romeo, Falstaff, and Hamlet as a way of defining Shakespeare's theatricality.

Special Section, Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited

Author: Graham Bradshaw,T. G. Bishop,Peter Holbrook

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754655893

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 405

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This year including a special section on "Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited," The Shakespearean International Yearbook continues to provide an annual survey of important issues and developments in contemporary Shakespeare studies. Contributors to this issue come from the US and the UK, Canada, Sweden, Japan and Australia. This issue includes an interview with veteran American actor Alvin Epstein during his recent acclaimed performance of King Lear for the Actors' Shakespeare project in Boston.

Shakespeare and Donne

Generic Hybrids and the Cultural Imaginary

Author: Judith H. Anderson,Jennifer C. Vaught

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 082325125X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 291

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For more than fifty years, the proximity of Donne's work to Shakespeare's, including the range of their writings, has received scant attention. Centering on cross-fertilization between the writings of Shakespeare and Donne, the essays in this volume examine relationships that are broadly cultural, theoretical, and imaginative.

Shakespeare and European Politics

Author: Dirk Delabastita,Jozef de Vos,Paul Franssen

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780874130041

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 385

View: 9171

This collection offers a selection of papers presented at a conference held in Utrecht, the Netherlands. It reflects a new trend in Shakespeare studies: a tendency to study Shakespeare not just in his own historical or national contexts, but also as a cultural phenomenon with an international afterlife, transmitted in a variety of languages, first of all in Europe. The volume explores how, for 400 years, Shakespeare has played a major role in a European framework, particularly where political events and developments were concerned, such as the early modern wars of religion, the emergence of the nation state, the two World Wars, the process of European unification, the attack on the World Trade Center, and Britain's participation in the Iraq war. Dirk Delabastita is Professor of English literature and literary theory at the University of Namur. Jozef De Vos teaches English literature and theater history at Ghent University. Paul J. C. M. Franssen teaches British and South African literature at Utrecht University.

Cognition in the Globe

Attention and Memory in Shakespeare’s Theatre

Author: E. Tribble

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230118518

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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Early modern playing companies performed up to six different plays a week and mounted new plays frequently. This book seeks to answer a seemingly simple question: how did they do it? Drawing upon work in philosophy and the cognitive sciences, it proposes that the cognitive work of theatre is distributed across body, brain, and world.

Shakespeare and I

Author: William McKenzie,Theodora Papadopoulou

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441147640

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 304

View: 9153

Following the ethos and ambition of the Shakespeare NOW! series, and harnessing the energy, challenge and vigour of the 'minigraph' form, Shakespeare and I is a provocative appeal and manifesto for a more personal form of criticism. A number of the most exciting and authoritative writers on Shakespeare examine and scrutinise their deepest, most personal and intimate responses to Shakespeare's plays and poems, to ask themselves if and how Shakespeare has made them the person they are. Their responses include autobiographical histories, reflections on their relationship to their professional, institutional or familial roles and meditations on the person-making force of religious or political conviction. A blog at enables both contributors and readers to continue the debate about why Shakespeare keeps us reading and what that means for our lives today. The book aims to inspire readers to think and write about their ever-changing personal relationship with Shakespeare: about how the poems and plays - and writing about them - can reveal or transform our sense of ourselves.

On Shakespeares Hamlet - Past and Present, Memory and Forgetting

Author: Eileen Waugh

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640802772


Page: 28

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Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Stirling, course: Author, Reader, Text, language: English, comment: Die Originalnote in Grossbritanien lautet 2A ("Very good"), was in Deutschland einer 2,0 entspricht , abstract: Remembrance is the key factor to every person's past life. So one can agree with Hammersmith in that without memory, which actually develops through remembrance, all our former experience vanishes and seems never to have existed. The only thing remaining is the 'Here and Now', the single moment we experience something. Past and present do not have any further significance for our lives (cf. JSTOR trusted archives for scholarship). In his play Hamlet, William Shakespeare represents characters who seemingly have a past and whose lives are strongly influenced by this. In Hamlet 'Shakespeare appears to have given exceptional care and thought to the problem of dramatizing the past' (Alexander, 1971: 38). Through various techniques which will be discussed and developed in this essay, he gives his characters a whole life consisting of a past, which influences their present and, even more strongly, their future actions. This essay will show how Shakespeare manages to combine past and present without disturbing the common time-related order of the play. In addition, I will show how Shakespeare's audience is informed about all the crucial events it has to know in order to understand what is happening on stage, although past and present time are presented in an uncommon way."

Celebrating Shakespeare

Commemoration and Cultural Memory

Author: Clara Calvo,Coppélia Kahn

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107042771

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 3405

This book explores how Shakespeare is still alive as a global cultural icon, on the 400th anniversary of his death.

Strangers, Gods and Monsters

Interpreting Otherness

Author: Richard Kearney

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134483872

Category: Philosophy

Page: 304

View: 518

First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Shakespeare and Cognition

Aristotle's Legacy and Shakespearean Drama

Author: Arthur F. Kinney

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0415977533

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 167

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Shakespeare and Cognition examines the essential relationship between vision, knowledge, and memory in Renaissance models of cognition as seen in Shakespeare's plays. Drawing on both Aristotle's Metaphysics and contemporary cognitive literary theory, Arthur F. Kinney explores five key objects/images in Shakespeare's plays – crowns, bells, rings, graves and ghosts – that are not actually seen (or, in the case of the latter, not meant to be seen), but are central to the imagination of both the playwright and the playgoers.

The Life of William Shakespeare

A Critical Biography

Author: Lois Potter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118231775

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 504

View: 3819

The Life of William Shakespeare is a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of Shakespeare's life and works focusing on oftern neglected literary and historical contexts: what Shakespeare read, who he worked with as an author and an actor, and how these various collaborations may have affected his writing. Written by an eminent Shakespearean scholar and experienced theatre reviewer Pays particular attention to Shakespeare's theatrical contemporaries and the ways in which they influenced his writing Offers an intriguing account of the life and work of the great poet-dramatist structured around the idea of memory Explores often neglected literary and historical contexts that illuminate Shakespeare's life and works

Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Author: Mark Thornton Burnett

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748649344

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 588

View: 8456

This authoritative and innovative volume explores the place of Shakespeare in relation to a wide range of artistic practices and activities, past and present.

Postmodern Shakespeare

Author: Stephen Orgel

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780815329701

Category: Drama

Page: 320

View: 9729

Shakespeare has never been more ubiquitous, not only on the stage and in academic writing, but in film, video and the popular press. On television, he advertises everything from cars to fast food. His birthplace, the tiny Warwickshire village of Stratford-Upon-Avon, has been transformed into a theme park of staggering commercialism, and the New Globe, in its second season, is already a far bigger business than the old Globe could ever have hoped to be. If popular culture cannot do without Shakespeare, continually reinventing him and reimagining his drama and his life, neither can the critical and scholarly world, for which Shakespeare has, for more than two centuries, served as the central text for analysis and explication, the foundation of the western literary canon and the measure of literary excellence.The Shakespeare the essays collected in these volumes reveal is fully as multifarious as the Shakespeare of theme parks, movies and television. Indeed, it is part of the continuing reinvention of Shakespeare. The essays are drawn for the most part from work done in the past three decades, though a few essential, enabling essays from an earlier period have been included. They not only chart the directions taken by Shakespeare studies in the recent past, but they serve to indicate the enormous and continuing vitality of the enterprise, and the extent to which Shakespeare has become a metonym for literary and artistic endeavor generally.