Taking account of a variety of media formats and different regions of the world, Adrian Athique provides a much-needed critical exploration of conceptual approaches to media reception on a global scale.
Engaging both the historical foundations and contemporary concerns of audience research, Athique prompts us to reconsider our contemporary media experience within a transnational frame. In the process, he provides valuable insights on culture and belonging, power and imagination.
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come? The end of life has never meant the extinction of hope. People perpetually have yearned for, and often been terrified by, continuance beyond the horizon of mortality. Ranging across time and space, Philip Almond here takes his readers on a remarkable journey to worlds both of torment and delight.
Peter Holbrook (co-editor with Paul Edmondson)2016
We celebrate Shakespeare as a creator of plays and poems, characters and ideas, words and worlds. But so too, in the four centuries since his death in 1616, have thinkers, writers, artists and performers recreated him. Readers of this book are invited to explore Shakespeare’s afterlife on the stage and on the screen, in poetry, fiction, music and dance, as well as in cultural and intellectual life.
Providing a provocative and original perspective on Shakespeare, Peter Holbrook argues that Shakespeare is an author friendly to such essentially modern and unruly notions as individuality, freedom, self-realization and authenticity. These expressive values vivify Shakespeare’s own writing; they also form a continuous, and a central, part of the Shakespearean tradition.
Tragedy delivers bad news—it tells us, for one thing, that we are not in control of our own lives. So why should we pay attention to it, especially in a democratic culture in which autonomy and self-direction are prized goals? English Renaissance Tragedy: Ideas of Freedom attends to this question in the context of the drama written in and around the time of Shakespeare.