Academic journal article Shakespeare Studies

Foreword

Academic journal article Shakespeare Studies

Foreword

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WE ARE PARTICULARLY pleased to feature two members of our editorial board in volume 35. Ewan Fernie's essay on the oeuvre of Jonathan Dollimore ("Dollimore's Challenge") was prompted by publication of the third edition of Radical Tragedy: Fernie takes this occasion to assess Dollimore's singular and invigorating intellect, and the continuing challenges of his critical practice. We are also featuring a forum organized by Jean E. Howard that addresses an issue with which Howard's own work has been deeply engaged: "English Cosmopolitanism and the Early Modern Moment." Introduced by Howard and including commentary by Alison Games, Barbara Sebek, Jonathan Gil Harris, Crystal Bartolovich, Alan B. Farmer, and Pamela Allen Brown, the forum offers fresh perspectives on a complex topic that requires the consolidation of interdisciplinary perspectives.

Volume 35 is also notable for four contributions that concentrate on Shakespeare--two articles that analyze the transformation of cultural discourses in the plays and two review articles that deal with the development of the so-called Shakespeare industry. In his essay on Antony and Cleopatra, Alan Stewart argues that the theatricality of Shakespeare's tragedy challenges the epistolary grounds of Roman historiography; in an essay on Hamlet, Paul D. …

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