Steven Mullaney

Shakespeare and Contemporary Theory #10: Steven Mullaney

Neema interviews Professor Steven Mullaney. Topics include: Vietnam, May 68 and the civil rights movement; what footprint did either deconstruction or Derrida leave on Shakespeare studies?; the distinction between new historicism and cultural poetics; Foucault’s ‘spatial’ thinking; Marxism in America; is new historicism ‘textualist’ in the way it ‘reads’ culture?; Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory; Louis Montrose on E.M.W. Tillyard; universalists vs. constructionists; the idea of ‘nature and nurture’ vs. Judith Butler’s theory of gender-as-performance; and animal studies.