Shakespeare's Resources (Hardback)
  • Shakespeare's Resources (Hardback)

Shakespeare's Resources (Hardback)

Hardback 400 Pages
Published: 23/11/2021
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Geoffrey Bullough’s The Narrative and Dramatic Sources of Shakespeare (1957-75) established a vocabulary and a method for linking Shakespeare’s plays with a series of texts on which they were thought to be based. Shakespeare’s Resources revisits and interrogates the methodology that has prevailed since then and proposes a number of radical departures from Bullough’s model. The tacitly accepted linear model of ‘source’ and ‘influence’ that critics and scholars have wrestled with is here reconceptualised as a dynamic process in which texts interact and generate meanings that domesticated versions of intertextuality do not adequately account for. The investigation uncovers questions of exactly how Shakespeare ‘read’, what he read, the practical conditions in which narratives were encountered, and how he re-deployed earlier versions that he had used in his later work.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781526157867
Number of pages: 400
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 22 mm


'Drakakis finds the idea of ‘source’ or ‘authority’ too narrow. The sheer scope of materials to which Shakespeare had access, the the circumstances in which the playwright utilized them, he argues, mean that ‘source’ and ‘authority’ imply a ‘quasi-theological’ concept of creation. Instead of ‘source’ or ‘authority’, Drakakis offers ‘resources’, a term that, as he uses it, is much more open-ended. A resource could be a book, but it could also be a half-forgotten encounter or, in Shakespeare’s case, the experience of having written an earlier play ... Each of his chapters is deeply engaged with the history of Shakespeare scholarship, on which he commentates with generosity and from which he quotes at length ... He closes on a musical metaphor, presenting Shakespeare as one who could ‘repeat tunes, recall motifs to mind, imitate themes and memes, improvise on existing material and, on a number of occasions, innovate’.Times Literary SupplementTimes Literary Supplement - .

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