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Shakesqueer: a queer companion to the complete works of Shakespeare

Shakesqueer: a queer companion to the complete works of Shakespeare

Menon, Madhavi

'Shakesqueer' puts the most exciting queer theorists in conversation with the complete works of William Shakespeare. Exploring what is odd, eccentric, and unexpected in the Bard's plays and poems, these theorists highlight the many ways that Shakespeare can enrich queer theory. Shakesqueer puts the most exciting queer theorists in conversation with the complete works of William Shakespeare. Exploring what is odd, eccentric, and unexpected in the Bard's plays and poems, these theorists highlight not only the many ways that Shakespeare can be queered but also the many ways that Shakespeare can enrich queer theory. This innovative anthology reveals an early modern playwright insistently returning to questions of language, identity, and temporality, themes central to contemporary queer theory. Since many of the contributors do not study early modern literature, Shakesqueer takes queer theory back and brings Shakespeare forward, challenging the chronological confinement of queer theory to the last two hundred years. The book also challenges conceptual certainties that have narrowly equated queerness with homosexuality. Chasing all manner of stray desires through every one of Shakespeare's plays and poems, the contributors cross temporal, animal, theoretical, and sexual boundaries with abandon. Claiming adherence to no one school of thought, the essays consider The Winter's Tale alongside network TV, Hamlet in relation to the death drive, King John as a history of queer theory, and Much Ado About Nothing in tune with a Sondheim musical. Together they expand the reach of queerness and queer critique across chronologies, methodologies, and bodies.Contributors. Matt Bell, Amanda Berry, Daniel Boyarin, Judith Brown, Steven Bruhm, Peter Coviello, Julie Crawford, Drew Daniel, Mario DiGangi, Lee Edelman, Jason Edwards, Aranye Fradenburg, Carla Freccero, Daniel Juan Gil, Jonathan Goldberg, Jody Greene, Stephen Guy-Bray, Ellis Hanson, Sharon Holland, Cary Howie, Lynne Huffer, Barbara Johnson, Hector Kollias, James Kuzner , Arthur L. Little Jr., Philip Lorenz, Heather Love, Jeffrey Masten, Robert McRuer , Madhavi Menon, Michael Moon, Paul Morrison, Andrew Nicholls, Kevin Ohi, Patrick R. O'Malley, Ann Pellegrini, Richard Rambuss, Valerie Rohy, Bethany Schneider, Kathryn Schwarz, Laurie Shannon, Ashley T. Shelden, Alan Sinfield, Bruce Smith, Karl Steel, Kathryn Bond Stockton, Amy Villarejo, Julian Yates

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Published Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2011
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Madhavi Menon
Distributor: Chesham: Combined Academic [distributor], 2011
ISBN: 0822393336, 9780822393337
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 496 p. : ill.
Series: Series Q
Subject: English; Relating to Transgender people; United Kingdom, Great Britain; Literature.; Gay & Lesbian studies; Queer theory.; Gay; Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 Criticism and interpretation.; Literary studies: plays & playwrights; Literature: history & criticism; Relating to Gay & Lesbian
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Series Q.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9780822348450