Shakespeare Studies - Vol. 31

Shakespeare Studies - Vol. 31

Shakespeare Studies - Vol. 31

Shakespeare Studies - Vol. 31

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shakespeare studies is very pleased to offer in Volume xxxi a new feature, the first in an annual series of articles on “Early Modern Drama around the World.” in this series, specialists in drama performed in other areas of the globe during Shakespeare’s time will discuss the state of scholarly study for each of these regions. Thus, in the present volume, Grant Shen discusses the study of late Ming theatrical activity in China, while Richard Pym views the state of scholarship on drama in Golden-Age Spain. Volume xxxii will present similar approaches to French and to Japanese dramatic activity in the same period while succeeding volumes will, among other topics, deal with theatrical studies of Mughul India and of the Ottoman Empire in the early modern period of Europe.

Volume xxxi also includes two review articles: “Imagination in History” by David Harris Sacks, on the recent work of Stephen Greenblatt, and an essay by Raphael Falco, “Is the Renaissance an Aesthetic Category?” based on The Waning of the Renaissance by William J. Bouwsma and Cosmopoiesis by Giuseppe Mazzotta. Like several of the reviews in this volume (such as Stuart Clark’s, for example), Falco’s essay supports the aim in Shakespeare Studies of extending its intellectual reach to include relevant historical, philosophical, and theoretical works that are not directly related to the theatre. Four full-length articles by Gustav Ungerer, Patricia Parker, Thomas Moisan, and Jennifer Lewin deal with The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Much Ado about Nothing, and Shakespeare’s final plays, respectively. Finally, our review section includes twentyone reviews of books on varied topics such as witchcraft, vagrancy, and public devotion in early modern England, as well as on editions of the collected works of Elizabeth I and of writings by other early modern women.

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