Shakespeare Studies Volume XXXIV

About the Editors :
Susan Zimmerman is Professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York. She is the former Director of the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, and Associate Chairman of the Folger Institute, Folger Shakespeare Library. Her book The Early Modern Corpse and Shakespeare’s Theatre was published in 2006.

Garrett Sullivan is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Memory and Forgetting in English Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Webster (2005).


Susan Zimmerman, Editor

Garrett Sullivan, Associate Editor


Shakespeare Studies is an international volume published every year in hard cover featuring essays and studies by critics and cultural historians from both hemispheres. The journal also contains substantial reviews of cultural history of early modern England and the place of Shakespeare’s production (together with those of his contemporaries) within it. In recent years, Shakespeare Studies has expanded to include articles and reviews on significant intellectual and historical events on the continent; on global issues pertaining to England, in particular its relationship to the Near and the Far East; and on theoretical works relevant to the critical analysis of Shakespeare and his time.

An Editorial Board of cultural historians and scholars maintains the quality of each annual volume so that Shakespeare Studies may serve as a useful guide for all students of Shakespeare and the early modern period—for teachers, actors, and directors, as well as for research scholars.

Volume XXXIV features another in the journal’s series of Forums, a format by which a selected group of scholars comment on a salient intellectual issue. Organized and edited by Raphael Falco , and entitled “Is There Character After Theory?” this Forum features contributions by Tom Bishop, Dympna Callaghan, Jonathan Crewe, Christy Desmet, Elizabeth Fowler, and Alan Sinfield. Volume XXXIV also includes three full-length articles: in “Jack Cade, the Skin of a Dead Lamb, and the Hatred for Writing,” Roger Chartier examines the complex cultural tensions between the text and image implicit in Cade’s critique of writing in Shakespeare’s Henry the Sixth, Part Two; in “Stealing Shakespeare’s Oranges,” Julian Yates interrogates ontological boundaries between subject/object, animal/human as they operate in materialist criticism of Shakespeare’s plays and social milieu; and in “‘Best Play with Mardian’: Eunuch and Blackamoor as Imperial Culturegram,” Anston Bosman considers the dyad of eunuch and blackamoor as it signifies in an intricate network of Renaissance literary and political formations, with particular attention to Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. The Editor’s Foreword in Volume XXXIV is dedicated to the memory of Cynthia Marshall—scholar, colleague, and former contributor to the journal.

Featured in the book reviews section of this volume are eighteen books written by distinguished scholars on a wide variety of topics, including Renaissance patronage and power; John Stow and historiography; madness and gender; the early modern passions; mythologies of skin color; and money in the age of Shakespeare.

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