Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality : Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism, Paperback / softback Book

Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality : Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism Paperback / softback

Part of the Accents on Shakespeare series



Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality is a powerful reassessment of cultural materialism as a way of understanding textuality, history and culture, by one of the founding figures of this critical movement.

Alan Sinfield examines cultural materialism both as a body of ongoing argument and as it informs particular works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, especially in relation to sexuality in early-modern England and queer theory.

The book has several interlocking preoccupations:theories of textuality and reading the political location of Shakespearean plays and the organisation of literary culture today the operation of state power in the early-modern period and the scope for dissidence the sex/gender system in that period and the application of queer theory in history.

These preoccupations are explored in and around a range of works by Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Throughout the book Sinfield re-presents cultural materialism, framing it not as a set of propositions, as has often been done, but as a cluster of unresolved problems.

His brilliant, lucid and committed readings demonstrate that the `unfinished business' of cultural materialism - and Sinfield's work in particular - will long continue to produce new questions and challenges for the fields of Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Shakespeare plays
  • ISBN: 9780415402361



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