Download e-book for kindle: Big-Time Shakespeare by Michael D. Bristol

By Michael D. Bristol

ISBN-10: 0203989295

ISBN-13: 9780203989296

ISBN-10: 0415060168

ISBN-13: 9780415060165

Shakespeare has made the large time. not less than the Beatles or Liberace, Elvis Presley or Mick Jagger, Shakespeare is big-time within the idiomatic experience of cultural good fortune and common notoriety. not just has he completed canonical prestige, Shakespeare is a latest star. His inventive contrast and flair for controversy consistently retains his identify within the public eye. Bristol debates Shakespeare's cultural authority, and clarifies the semantics of his identify in our tradition. Big-Time Shakespeare indicates his performs signify the pathos of our civilisation with outstanding strength and readability. Shakespeare's contradictory realizing of the social and cultural prior is usually tested with shut research of The Winter's Tale, Othello, and Hamlet.

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The final chapter of Part I examines the way cultural capital has been transformed into capital pure and simple within the contemporary cultural market. I will look at a few salient examples of the commercial production of Shakespeare’s works in the contemporary cultural market. This will be followed by a discussion of the journalistic promotion of Shakespeare’s celebrity. I conclude my discussion of the supply side hypothesis in Part I with a more broadly theoretical examination of contemporary mass culture.

Hawkes 1992:3) This, it seems to me, moves destructively away from the very promising idea of interpretive dialogue suggested by jazz Shakespeare in its unequivocal assertion of the work’s semantic emptiness (‘Shakespeare doesn’t mean’). On Hawkes’ account, literary artifacts endure precisely because of this emptiness. Shakespeare’s works (and presumably the works of all other valued authors) possess no real value or determinate meaning in themselves, though they do possess instrumental utility.

The technical efficiency of printing is certainly one of the factors that helps to account both for a redefinition of religious authority and for a broad historical redistribution of political power. It would be misleading, however, simply to describe printing as the creation of a new monopoly of knowledge. Of course only a minority could read, and even fewer had access to the resources of a printing press. Nevertheless, detailed historical investigations of printing have shown that by the end of the sixteenth century the social uses of reading had become extremely diverse.

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