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The Modernist Shakespeare: Critical Texts in a Material World

Hugh Grady


This is a major study of the history of Shakespeare criticism in the modern era. Every epoch recreates its classic icons — and for literary culture none is more central nor more protean than Shakespeare. Even though finding the authentic Shakespeare has been a goal of scholarship since the 18th century, he has always been constructed as a contemporary author. This book charts the construction of Shakespeare as a 20th-century Modernist text by redirecting ‘new historicist’ methods to an investigation of the social roots of contemporary Shakespeare criticism itself. Beginning with the formation ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare criticism, literary culture, Modernist Shakespeare, new historicism, Victorian ideology, culturalist tradition, professionalist positivism, New Critics, Tillyard

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hugh Grady, author
Beaver College, Pennsylvania
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