Edited by Hugh Grady, Terence Hawkes
Routledge – 2007 – 224 pages
Series: Accents on Shakespeare
Presentist Shakespeares is the first extended study of the principles and practice of 'presentism', a critical movement that takes account of the never-ending dialogue between past and present.
In this bold and consistently thought-provoking collection of presentist readings, the contributors:
Presentist criticism is an open-ended and on-going project, located at a particularly interesting and demanding juncture in modern Shakespeare studies. At this crucial point, then, Presentist Shakespeares is a compelling collection of readings by a distinguished team of authors, but it is also much more: it is a landmark, which reflects, develops and even rejoices in the intedeterminacy of the field.
Contributors include: Catherine Belsey, Michael Bristol, Linda Charnes, John Drakakis, Ewan Fernie, Evelyn Gajowski, Hugh Grady, Terence Hawkes and Kiernan Ryan.
General Editor’s Preface. Introduction: Presenting Presentism. Band of Brothers. Historicising New Historicism. ' . . . And I’m the King of France’. Shakespeare, and Belief, in the Future. Present Text: Editing The Merchant of Venice. Action! Henry V. Lavinia as 'Blank Page' and the Presence of Feminist Critical Practices. Hamlet and the Present: Notes on the Moving Aesthetic 'Now'. Troilus and Cressida: The Perils of Presentism. Notes. Bibliography. Index