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Looking for an argument : critical encounters with the new approaches to the criticism of Shakespeare and his contemporaries / Richard Levin.

  • Author

    Levin, Richard Louis, 1922-,

  • Date published


  • Publisher

    Madison, [N.J.] : London : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; Associated University Presses, c2003.

  • Subject

    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616, Criticism and interpretation History 20th century

    English drama Early modern and Elizabethan, 1500-1600 History and criticism Theory, etc

  • Accession number


  • Class

    Reading Room - 63.04/LEV

  • ISBN

    083863964X (alk. paper)

  • Language


  • Physical description

    309 p. ; 24 cm.

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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., General note: Collection of Levin's essays published in the late 1980s and 1990s. Bibliography, etc. note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-299) and indexes.