Looking for an Argument: Critical Encounters with the New Approaches to the Criticism of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2003 - Drama - 309 pages
This book collects a number of Richard Levin's essays, beginning with his well-known PMLA article of 1988 on Feminist Thematics and Shakespearean Tragedy and continuing through the 1990s, that examine and evaluate some of the most important aspects of the new critical approaches to the interpretations of the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries- principally the New Historicism, feminism, and revisionist versions of Marxism and Freudianism. In these essays he is looking not only for rational arguments in these approaches, but also for a rational argument with their practitioners, and therefore he reprints several of the responses that these essays have elicited (including th PMLA Forum letter signed by twenty-four people who objected to Feminist Thematics) along with his answers to them, which contribute to this critique of the present state of the discourse in this field.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Concerning the Text
25
Feminist Thematics and Shakespearean Tragedy
29
A LETTER TO THE PMLA FORUM
49
The Poetics and Politics of Bardicide
55
A LETTER TO THE PMLA FORUM
73
ANOTHER LETTER TO THE PMLA FORUM
77
Unthinkable Thoughts in the New Historicizing of English Renaissance Drama
82
Negative Evidence
131
The New Interdisciplinarity in Literary Criticism
152
The New and the Old Historicizing of Shakespeare
177
The Cultural Materialist Attack on Artistic Unity
195
Silence Is Consent or Curse Ye Meroz
210
The Politicized Language of Literary Criticism
227
The Current Polarization of Literary Studies
244
Notes
259

MAKING SENSE
94
ReThinking Unthinkable Thoughts
104
Bashing the Bourgeois Subject
114
ITS A PANIC
122
Son of Bashing the Bourgeois Subject
124

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