Phenomenal Shakespeare

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 1, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 232 pages
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In Phenomenal Shakespeare, leading Shakespeare scholar Bruce R. Smith presents an original account for the ways in which Shakespeare’s poems and plays continue to resonate with audiences, readers and scholars because of their engagement with the whole body, not just the reading mind. 
  • An original examination of Shakespeare’s appeal written by leading Shakespeare scholar Bruce R. Smith
  • Contains insightful examinations of a single Shakespeare sonnet, Venus and Adonis, and King Lear to model the possibilities of historical phenomenology as a better strategy for critical reading than approaches based on language alone
  • Pushes beyond traditional treatments of Shakespeare
  • An ideal handbook of contemporary approaches to Shakespeare and a celebration of Shakespeare's staying power on stage, on film, and on the page

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Prologue The Argument
1 As It Likes You
2 How Should One Read a Shakespeare Sonnet?
3 Carnal Knowledge
4 Touching Moments
Epilogue What Shakespeare Proves
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About the author (2009)

Bruce R. Smith is Dean's Professor of English and Professor of Theatre at the University of Southern California. He has published widely on Shakespeare with recent works including The Key of Green: Passion and Perception in Renaissance Culture (2009), Shakespeare and Masculinity (2000), and The Acoustic World of Early Modern England (1999). A former president of the Shakespeare Association of America, Smith has been a keynote speaker at meetings of Shakespeare and Renaissance organizations in Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Portugal, and the UK. He has also been featured in programs aired on BBC Radio 3, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Public Radio International, and TV 4 London.

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