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Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book
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Shakespeare and the Idea of the Book

Charlotte Scott

Abstract

The ‘book’ — both material and metaphoric — is a recurring theme in William Shakespeare’s plays: it is held by Hamlet as he turns through revenge to madness; buried deep in the mudded ooze by Prospero when he has shaken out his art like music and violence; forced by Richard II to withstand the mortality of deposition, fetishised by lovers, tormented by pedagogues, lost by kings, written by the alienated, and hung about war with the blood of lost voices. The ‘book’ begins and ends Shakespeare’s dramatic career as change itself, standing the distance between violence and hope, between holding an ... More

Keywords: William Shakespeare, book, metaphors, Hamlet, Prospero, Richard II, drama, plays, England, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199212101
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212101.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Scott, author
Lecturer in Shakespeare at Goldsmiths College, University of London
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