The Routledge Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature
Keilen, Sean (EDT)
Moschovakis, Nick (EDT)
334 p. 25 cm
The essays analyze Shakespeare's specific debts to classical works and weigh his classicism's likeness and unlikeness to that of others in his time; and also evaluate the effects of that classical influence to assess the extent to which it is connected with wahatever qualities rate Shakespeare, himself, a classic (arguably the classic) of modern world literature and drama.
In this wide-ranging and ambitiously conceived Research Companion, contributors explore Shakespeare's relationship to the classic in two broad senses. The essays analyze Shakespeare's specific debts to classical works and weigh his classicism's likeness and unlikeness to that of others in his time; they also evaluate the effects of that classical influence to assess the extent to which it is connected with whatever qualities still make Shakespeare, himself, a classic (arguably the classic) of modern world literature and drama. The first sense of the classic which the volume addresses is the classical culture of Latin and Greek reading, translation, and imitation. Education in the canon of pagan classics bound Shakespeare together with other writers in what was the dominant tradition of English and European poetry and drama, up through the nineteenth and even well into the twentieth century. Second-and no less central-is the idea of classics as such, that of books whose perceived value, exceeding that of most in their era, justifies their protection against historical and cultural change. The volume's organizing insight is that as Shakespeare was made a classic in this second, antiquarian sense, his work's reception has more and more come to resemble that of classics in the first sense-of ancient texts subject to labored critical study by masses of professional interpreters who are needed to mediate their meaning, simply because of the texts' growing remoteness from ordinary life, language, and consciousness. The volume presents overviews and argumentative essays about the presence of Latin and Greek literature in Shakespeare's writing. They coexist in the volume with thought pieces on the uses of the classical as a historical and pedagogical category, and with practical essays on the place of ancient classics in today's Shakespearean classrooms.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents Routledge Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature Introduction Sean Keilen & Nick Moschovakis 1 Shakespeare's books Michael Ursell & Melissa Yinger 2 A classical education William P. Weaver 3 Shakespeare and English translations of the classics Liz Oakley-Brown 4 Genre: comedy and tragedy Tanya Pollard 5 The sonnets and narrative poems Pamela Royston Macfie 6 Shakespeare's grammar Leah Whittington 7 Rhetoric and dalectic Nick Moschovakis 8 History and geography Jane Grogan 9 Shakespeare and myth Sarah Annes Brown 10 Shakespeare and classical cosmology Jean E. Feerick 11 Politics Amelia Zurcher 12 Classical drama before Shakespeare Robert Hornback 13 Classicism on the English stage during Shakespeare's youth and maturity Jeanne H. McCarthy 14 Popular classical drama Mark Bayer 15 Theater in theory Jennifer Waldron 16 Later classicism in the drama Michael Chemers 17 Shakespeare and Asian classics Poonam Trivedi 18 Shakespeare and "the classics" in the classroom: ten resources 19 Human value Jim Kearney 20 What is a classic? Is Shakespeare a classic? Sean Keilen