Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism

Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield, eds., Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1985)

Summary from the Publisher:

The new wave of cultural materialists in Britain and new historicists in the United States here join forces to depose the sacred icon of the “eternal bard” and argue for a Shakespeare who meditates and exploits political, cultural and ideological forces. Ten years on, this second edition presents additional essays by Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield.

Table of Contents:

Part 1: Recovering History

Introduction: Shakespeare, Cultural Materialism and The New Historicism / Jonathan Dollimore
Invisible Bullets: Renaissance Authority and its Subversion: Henry IV and Henry V / Stephen Greenblatt
“This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine”: The Tempest and The Discourse of Colonialism / Paul Brown
Transgression and Surveillance in Measure for Measure / Jonathan Dollimore
The Patriarchal Bard: Feminist Criticism and Shakespeare – King Lear and Measure for Measure / Kathleen McLuskie
Strategies of State and Political Plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VIII / Leonard Tennenhouse

Part 2: Reproductions, Interventions

Introduction – Reproductions, Interventions / Alan Sinfield
Royal Shakespeare: Theatre and The Making of Ideology / Alan Sinfield
Radical Potentiality and Institutional Closure: Shakespeare in Film and Television / Graham Holderness
How Brecht Read Shakespeare / Margot Heinemann
Afterword / Raymond Williams

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