Shakespeare in the Present by P-TaylorFrancis


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									Shakespeare in the Present
Accents on Shakespeare

Author: Terence Hawkes
Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Heimlich Manoeuvre 2. Bryn Glas 3.
Aberdaugleddyf 4. The Old Bill 5. Harry Hunks, Superstar 6. Hank Cinq 7. Conclusion: Speaking To You
in English Notes Bibliography Index

Shakespeare in the Present is a stunning collection of essays by Terence Hawkes, which engage with,
explain, and explore 'presentism'. Presentism is a critical manoeuvre which uses relevant aspects of the
contemporary as a crucial trigger for its investigations. It deliberately begins with the material present and
lets that set the interrogative agenda. This book suggests ways in which its principles may be applied to
aspects of Shakespeare's plays.Hawkes concentrates on two main areas in which Presentism impacts
on the study of Shakespeare. The first is the concept of 'devolution' in British politics. The second is
presentism's commitment to a reversal of conceptual hierarchies such as primary/secondary and
past/present, and the interaction between performance and reference. The result is to sophisticate and
expand our notion of performing and to refocus interest on what the early modern theatre meant by the
activity it termed 'playing'.

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