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Menon, Madhavi
Unhistorical Shakespeare : queer theory in Shakespearean literature and film / Madhavi Menon
Alternate Title Queer theory in Shakespearean literature and film
1st ed
New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2008
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  PR2976 .M46 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation
Subject(s) Desire in literature
Queer theory
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Film adaptations
Physical Description xi, 195 p. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [175]-182) and index
Contents Teleology : spurning consequence in Venus and Adonis -- Facts : Cymbeline and the "whore" of historicism -- Citation : Bollywood quotes Much ado -- Origins : Titus Andronicus and the source of desire -- Authenticity : in search of Shakespeare (in love)
Review "Unhistorical Shakespeare argues that the way in which we study history has significant bearing on what desire we study and how we study it. Menon argues that our embrace of difference as the template for relating past and present produces a heterotemporality in which chronology determines identity. In turn, such an understanding of history fixes sexual identity as the domain of the present and relegates nebulous desire to a thing of the past. In contrast to this temporal-sexual reification, Unhistorical Shakespeare outlines the idea of homohistory, which questions the fundamental historicist assumptions of teleology, facticity, citation, origins, and authenticity to lay bare their investments in compulsory heterotemporality."--Jacket

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