Michael Bristol explores the interaction between Shakespeare and American culture, and argues that the plays constitute a primary theme of much of American cultural criticism. This book should be of interest to students and lecturers in English literature and cultural studies.
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This is a learned book about the relationship between Shakespeare and American political culture. Bristol analyzes how Shakespeare came to occupy a place of such massive authority in American culture--the plays have been understood to validate a political economy based on individulistic social ideas--and how the institutional ethos, embodied in the work of textual scholars, editors, curators, and libraries, perpetuates it. The second part of the book analyzes the relationship between 20th-century Shakespearean criticism and ideology, which reveals a diaog between neo-conservatism and advanced liberalism. Aimed primarily at scholars; the overabundance of technical jargon will discourage the general reader.
- Bryan Aubrey, Fairfield, Ia.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"Michael Bristol presents a careful blend of literary criticism and social history. His examination of ‘plebian culture’ and the structure of authority in Renaissance England explores the important relationship between theatrical texts and social life, while providing new and useful ways of thinking about the history and culture of the Elizabethan period" – Journal of Social History
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