Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life (Hardback)
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Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 18/05/2018
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Great halls and hovels, dove-houses and sheepcotes, mountain cells and seaside shelters--these are some of the spaces in which Shakespearean characters gather to dwell, and to test their connections with one another and their worlds. Julia Reinhard Lupton enters Shakespeare's dwelling places in search of insights into the most fundamental human problems.

Focusing on five works (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Pericles, Cymbeline, and The Winter's Tale), Lupton remakes the concept of dwelling by drawing on a variety of sources, including modern design theory, Renaissance treatises on husbandry and housekeeping, and the philosophies of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. The resulting synthesis not only offers a new entry point into the contemporary study of environments; it also shows how Shakespeare's works help us continue to make sense of our primal creaturely need for shelter.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226266015
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 23 mm


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"Infrastructure, design, climate change, environmental friendliness, the politics of hospitality--these issues are everywhere. In Shakespeare Dwelling, Lupton brings her characteristic originality of vision to bear on the role played by a variety of interpersonal bonds when it comes to understanding our relation to the material world, as well as the self-relations required in our relations to objects. She does this by treating us to eye-opening readings of Shakespeare--her specialty--without ever losing sight of what Shakespeare was watching: the 'theater of life.'"--Paul A. Kottman, The New School for Social Research
"Shakespeare Dwelling takes its place in a trilogy that started with Citizen-Saints and continued in Thinking with Shakespeare. Together the three books offer an extended meditation on interfaces among politics, life, and literature (especially drama, and especially Shakespeare) that is, in my judgment, largely unmatched since the collapse of Modernism and the fading from view of public intellectuals like Lionel Trilling. Such ambitions, as Julia demonstrates, are still possible."
--Bruce R. Smith, University of Southern California
"In Shakespeare Dwelling Julia Reinhard Lupton offers an account of the spaces and sites that Shakespeare's characters inhabit and, crucially, the way in which these spaces come to shape human interaction, social meaning, and the theatrical experience. . . . Lupton covers new and exciting methodological ground by bringing together an eclectic range of theoretical underpinnings to her analysis."--Modern Philology

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