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Shakespeare and the Idea of Late Writing


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 (ISBN-13: 9780521863049)

Shakespeare and the Idea of Late Writing

Cambridge University Press
9780521863049 - Shakespeare and the Idea of Late Writing - Authorship in the Proximity of Death - by Gordon McMullan
Table of Contents


Acknowledgementspage ix
1Shakespeare and the idea of late writing: authorship in the proximity of death24
1.1La dernière période24
1.2Late style in the wake of war: Neumann, Broch, Adorno32
1.3The shapes of lateness42
1.4Late Shakespeare50
1.5Shakespeare and the idea of late writing60
2The Shakespearean caesura: genre, chronology, style65
2.1A question of genre66
2.2A question of chronology78
2.3A question of style104
3The invention of late Shakespeare: subjectivism and its discontents127
3.1‘Dramatick perfection’: Malone and the establishment of a chronology128
3.2Inventing late Shakespeare from Coleridge to Dowden136
3.3The backlash: (post)subjectivism from Strachey to Bond160
3.4‘A certain mastery’: Henry James and the elusive late Shakespeare168
4Last words/late plays: the possibility and impossibility of late Shakespeare in early modern culture and theatre190
4.1Premodern endings193
4.2The Shakespearean swan song202
4.3Last words215
4.4Late style and the conditions of theatrical production in early modern London225
5How old is ‘late’? Late Shakespeare, old age, King Lear259
5.1Old-age style260
5.2Old-age style without old age271
5.3Shakespeare’s middle years284
5.4‘I have a journey, sir, shortly to go’: King Lear as a late play294
5.5Kings and desperate men314
6The Tempest and the uses of late Shakespeare in the theatre: Gielgud, Rylance, Prospero318
6.1Theatre of complicity320
6.2Lateness and the mid-life crisis327
6.3Performing late selfhood: Gielgud, Prospero, Shakespeare331
6.4Authorship and authenticity: Rylance, Prospero, Shakespeare337
6.5Postscript: late style in Australia: Bell, Prospero, Shakespeare350

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