This is a provocative exploration of how the self is revealed or exposed in the experience of reading, viewing and writing about Shakespeare. Following the ethos and ambition of the "Shakespeare Now!" series, and harnessing the energy, challenge and vigour of the 'minigraph' from, "Shakespeare and I" is a provocative appeal and manifesto for a more personal form of criticism. A number of the most exciting and authoritative writers on Shakespeare examine and scrutinise their deepest, most personal and intimate responses to Shakespeare's plays and poems, to ask themselves if and how Shakespeare has made them the person they are. Their responses include autobiographical histories, reflections on their relationship to their professional, institutional or familial roles and meditations on the person-making force of religious or political conviction. There is a blog that enables both contributors and readers to continue the debate about why Shakespeare keeps us reading and what that means for our lives today.
The book aims to inspire readers to think and write about their ever-changing personal relationship with Shakespeare: about how the poems and plays - and writing about them - can reveal or transform our sense of ourselves. "Shakespeare Now!" is a series of short books that engage imaginatively and often provocatively with the possibilities of Shakespeare's plays. It goes back to the source - the most living language imaginable - and recaptures the excitement, audacity and surprise of Shakespeare. It will return you to the plays with opened eyes.
Theodora Papadopoulou obtained her PhD at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. William McKenzie has taught at University College London and King's College London, UK.
1. Introduction: The "I" Has It Theodora Papadopoulou and Will McKenzie; 2. Mea Culpa Ewan Fernie; 3. Othello, Marriage, Middle Age Eric Mallin; 4. Discovering Transgression: Reading from the Passions David Fuller; 5. Ghosts and Heartbeats Philippa Kelly; 6. Going to Shakespeare: Memory and Anamnesis Peter Holland; 7. Stand Up for Bastards Richard Wilson; 8. My Language! Thomas Docherty; 9. Mrs Polonius and I Julia Lupton; 10. Who is it who can tell me who I am? Graham Holderness; 11. Hierophantic Shakespeare Philippa Berry; 12. No I in Shakespeare Philip Davis; 13. Real Men Don't Cry Sarah Klenbort; 14. Ghostly Selections Simon Palfrey; 15. "Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say": An Afterword Paul Edmondson; Bibliography; Index.