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Posthumanist Shakespeares

Posthumanist Shakespeares by Stefan Herbrechter
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Posthumanist Shakespeares is a critical investigation of the relationship between early modern culture and contemporary political and technological changes concerning the idea of the 'human.' The volume covers the tragedies King Lear and Hamlet in particular, but also provides posthumanist readings of The Merchant of VeniceMeasure for MeasureCoriolanusThe Winter's TaleTimon of Athens and Pericles. The value of the collection lies in extending a posthumanist paradigm to interpretations of Shakespeare, and in demonstrating how posthumanism can be in turn read back by Shakespeare's work. What emerges from Posthumanist Shakespeares is that the encounter between posthumanism and Shakespeare studies, far from being unlikely, is productive for both fields and can lead to a critical rethinking of both, recasting questions concerning time, life, death, science, technology, and the nature of the human.
Palgrave Macmillan; July 2012
278 pages; ISBN 9781137033598
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Title: Posthumanist Shakespeares
Author: Stefan Herbrechter; Ivan Callus