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Routledge Research is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Ranging in scholarship across the humanities and social sciences, Routledge Research titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics. Our publishing program in Literature research has grown rapidly in recent years, and we are pleased to be offering books ranging from Medieval to Contemporary literature, and covering topics such as Postcolonial Literature, Children’s Literature, Atlantics Studies, American Studies, and Travel Writing.

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Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

  1. Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy

    By Peter Kishore Saval

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy advocates that the beauty of Shakespearean drama is inseparable from its philosophical power. Shakespeare’s plays make demands on us even beyond our linguistic attention and historical empathy: they require thinking, and the concepts of philosophy can provide...

    Published January 12th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Memory in Shakespeare's Histories

    Stages of Forgetting in Early Modern England

    By Jonathan Baldo

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    A distinguishing feature of Shakespeare’s later histories is the prominent role he assigns to the need to forget. This book explore the ways in which Shakespeare expanded the role of forgetting in histories from King John to Henry V, as England contended with what were perceived to be traumatic...

    Published December 21st 2011 by Routledge

  3. Retheorizing Shakespeare through Presentist Readings

    By James O'Rourke

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    This book offers a theoretical rationale for the emerging presentist movement in Shakespeare studies and goes on to show, in a series of close readings, that a presentist Shakespeare is not an anachronism. Relying on a Brechtian aesthetic of "naïve surrealism" as the performative model of the...

    Published November 17th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Radical Shakespeare

    Politics and Stagecraft in the Early Career

    By Chris Fitter

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    This book argues that Shakespeare was permanently preoccupied with the brutality, corruption, and ultimate groundlessness of the political order of his state, and that the impact of original Tudor censorship, supplemented by the relatively depoliticizing aesthetic traditions of later centuries,...

    Published October 25th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Shakespeare, the Bible, and the Form of the Book

    Contested Scriptures

    Edited by Travis DeCook, Alan Galey

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    Why do Shakespeare and the English Bible seem to have an inherent relationship with each other? How have these two monumental traditions in the history of the book functioned as mutually reinforcing sources of cultural authority? How do material books and related reading practices serve as specific...

    Published July 26th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Shakespeare, Trauma and Contemporary Performance

    By Catherine Silverstone

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    Shakespeare, Trauma and Contemporary Performance examines how contemporary performances of Shakespeare’s texts on stage and screen engage with violent events and histories. The book attempts to account for – but not to rationalize – the ongoing and pernicious effects of various forms of violence as...

    Published June 7th 2011 by Routledge

  7. Crossing Gender in Shakespeare

    Feminist Psychoanalysis and the Difference Within

    By James W. Stone

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    In this book, Stone effects a return to gender, after many years of neglect by Twenty-First-Century critics, via a methodology of close reading that foregrounds moments of sexual decentering and disequilibrium within the text and in the interstices of the dialogue between Shakespeare and his...

    Published February 24th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Re-playing Shakespeare in Asia

    Edited by Poonam Trivedi, Minami Ryuta

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    This book reviews the "playing" of Shakespeare in which there is a re-staging and a re-writing -- through adaptation, appropriation, or acculturation -- of the Western Shakespeare into the gestural, symbolic, stylized, or ritualized worlds of Asian theatre languages. It examines this interface in...

    Published December 16th 2009 by Routledge

  9. Shakespeare and Philosophy

    By Stanley Stewart

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    Touching on the work of philosophers including Richardson, Kant, Hume, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche, and Dewey, this study examines the history of what philosophers have had to say about "Shakespeare" as a subject of philosophy, from the seventeenth-century to the present. Stewart's volume...

    Published November 2nd 2009 by Routledge

  10. Embodied Cognition and Shakespeare's Theatre

    The Early Modern Body-Mind

    Edited by Laurie Johnson, John Sutton, Evelyn Tribble

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    This collection considers issues that have emerged in Early Modern Studies in the past fifteen years relating to understandings of mind and body in Shakespeare’s world. Informed by The Body in Parts, the essays in this book respond also to the notion of an early modern ‘body-mind’ in which...

    Published March 5th 2014 by Routledge

  11. Mary Wroth and Shakespeare

    Edited by Paul Salzman, Marion Wynne-Davies

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    Over the last twenty five years, scholarship on Early Modern women writers has produced editions and criticisms, both on various groups and individual authors. The work on Mary Wroth has been particularly impressive at integrating her poetry, prose and drama into the canon. This in turn has led to...

    Published November 7th 2014 by Routledge