Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory

Rethinking approaches to Shakespeare and early modern literature for the 21st century

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory #36: Shakespeare and Counterfactual Thinking with Amir Khan

What would Hamlet be like if we didn’t already know what was going to happen? What would the play look like if we only knew what Hamlet knew? Neema talks to Amir Khan (Missouri State University) whose book Shakespeare in Hindsight: Counterfactual Thinking and Shakespearean Tragedy helps us think about exactly these sorts of questions. […]


Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory #35: Shakespeare, Character and Morality with James A. Knapp

Neema talks to James A. Knapp (Loyola University Chicago) about Shakespeare, Character and Morality. Topics include: the motivations of literary characters, emotions and human nature, ethics, and political bubbles. Knapp’s essay “Beyond Materiality in Shakespeare Studies” (2014): http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lic3.12177/abstract


Shakespeare’s History Plays: Rethinking Historicism now available on Open Access

My first book, Shakespeare’s History Plays: Rethinking Historicism (2012), is now available through Open Access: http://www.oapen.org/search?identifier=625259 I’ve always liked the front cover of this one. It’s a sketch of the skull of Richard II made in 1871. I’d love to say there’s some deeper meaning behind it, but in all honesty, I just thought it […]


Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory #34: Shakespeare and Trump with Jeffrey R. Wilson

Neema welcomes Jeffrey R. Wilson (Harvard) to discuss the election of Donald Trump, its impact on the intellectual climate, and some of the ways in which Shakespeare was used in the coverage of the US election. Wilson’s essay, “Public Shakespeareanism: The Bard in the 2016 American Presidential Election,” is available upon request from the author; […]


Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory #32: Interview with Stephen Greenblatt

Ahead of the publication of his forthcoming book Shakespeare and New Historicist Theory (for the Arden Shakespeare and Theory series), Neema interviews new historicism’s most influential exponent, Stephen Greenblatt (Harvard). Topics include the cultural and political moment of the late 1960s, Louis Althusser, the genesis of new historicism, how and why Shakespeare has endured across […]


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