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Series Spotlight: Shakespeare &

Image result for william shakespeareWidely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist, William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor. Shakespeare’s plays being translated in over 50 languages and performed across the globe for audiences of all ages. Shakespeare was also an actor and the creator of the Globe Theatre, a historical theatre, and company that is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year.

In honor of Shakespeare’s birthday, we are delighted to showcase our growing book series, SHAKESPEARE &, exploring Shakespeare and his work outside the lens of traditional literary studies. By intersecting the worlds beyond fiction and poetry with those disciplines outside of literature and drama, this series offers nuanced approaches that reveal a more diverse and complex legacy left by Shakespeare.


Shakespeare &

Series Editors:
Graham Holderness
Bryan Loughrey

Interesting in submitting to the series? Formal submissions should be sent directly to Berghahn Books. For more information on Berghahn’s manuscript submission procedure, please look at the Info for Authors section on this web site. All submissions to this series, as well as any queries about the formal procedure, should be sent to editorialUS@berghahnbooks.com.

 


Forthcoming September 2020!
SHAKESPEARE AND BIOGRAPHY
Edited by Katherine Scheil and Graham Holderness

From Shakespeare’s religion to his wife to his competitors in the world of early modern theatre, biographers have approached the question of the Bard’s life from numerous angles. Shakespeare & Biography offers a fresh look at the biographical questions connected with the famous playwright’s life, through essays and reflections written by prominent international scholars and biographers.

 


 

Forthcoming May 2020!
SHAKESPEARE AND MONEY
Edited by Graham Holderness

Though better known for his literary merits, Shakespeare made money, wrote about money and enabled money-making by countless others in his name. With chapters by leading scholars on the economic, financial and commercial ramifications of his work, this multifaceted volume connects the Bard to both early modern and contemporary economic conditions, revealing Shakespeare to have been a serious economist in his own right.

 


 


SHAKESPEARE AND HIS BIOGRAPHICAL AFTERLIVES 
Edited by Paul Franssen and Paul Edmondson

New Shakespeare biographies are published every year, though very little new documentary evidence has come to light. Inevitably speculative, these biographies straddle the line between fact and fiction. Shakespeare and His Biographical Afterlives explores the relationship between fiction and non-fiction within Shakespeare’s biography, across a range of subjects including feminism, class politics, wartime propaganda, children’s fiction, and religion, expanding beyond the Anglophone world to include countries such as Germany and Spain, from the seventeenth century to present day.

Introduction

 


 

SHAKESPEARE AND THE ETHICS OF WAR
Edited by Patrick Gray

How does Shakespeare represent war? This volume reviews scholarship to date on the question and introduces new perspectives, looking at contemporary conflict through the lens of the past. Through his haunting depiction of historical bloodshed, including the Trojan War, the fall of the Roman Republic, and the Wars of the Roses, Shakespeare illuminates more recent political violence, ranging from the British occupation of Ireland to the Spanish Civil War, the Balkans War, and the past several decades of U. S. military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Can a war be just? What is the relation between the ruler and the ruled? What motivates ethnic violence? Shakespeare’s plays serve as the frame for careful explorations of perennial problems of human co-existence: the politics of honor, the ethics of diplomacy, the responsibility of non-combatants, and the tension between idealism and Realpolitik.

Chapter 1. Shakespeare and War: Honour at the Stake

 


 

 

Shakespeare and Stratford

SHAKESPEARE AND STRATFORD
Edited by Katherine Scheil
Afterword by Nicola J. Watson

The essays in this volume consider the various manifestations of the physical and metaphorical town on the Avon, across time, genre and place, from America to New Zealand, from children’s literature to wartime commemorations.

Preface

 



Shakespeare and Commemoration

SHAKESPEARE AND COMMEMORATION
Edited by Clara Calvo and Ton Hoenselaars

Memory and commemoration play a vital role not only in the work of Shakespeare, but also in the process that has made him a world author. As the contributors of this collection demonstrate, the phenomenon of commemoration has no single approach, as it occurs on many levels, has a long history, and is highly unpredictable in its manifestations.

Introduction: Shakespeare and the Cultures of Commemoration

 


 

Shakespeare and the Arab World

SHAKESPEARE AND THE ARAB WORLD
Edited by Katherine Hennessey and Margaret Litvin

Offering a variety of perspectives on the history and role of Arab Shakespeare translation, production, adaptation and criticism, this volume explores both international and locally focused Arab/ic appropriations of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets.

Introduction

 




Shakespeare and Creative CriticismSHAKESPEARE AND CREATIVE CRITICISM
Edited by Rob Conkie and Scott Maisano

What kinds of critical insights are made possible only or especially via creative strategies? This volume examines how creative modes of writing might facilitate or inform new ways to critically engage with Shakespeare. Creative writing, demonstrated in a series of essays, reflections, stories and scenes, operates as a vehicle for exploring and articulating critical and theoretical ideas. In doing so, Shakespeare’s enduring creative and critical appeal is newly understood and critiqued.

Introduction: Creative Critical Shakespeares

 
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