Shakespeare and Posthumanist Theory charts challenges in the field of Shakespeare studies to the assumption that the category “human” is real, stable, or worthy of privileging in discussions of the playwright's work. Drawing on a variety of methodologies - cognitive theory, systems theory, animal studies, ecostudies, the new materialisms - the volume investigates the world of Shakespeare's plays and poems in order to represent more thoroughly its variety, its ethics of inclusion, and its resistance to human triumphalism and exceptionalism.
Karen Raber, a leading scholar in the field, clearly and cogently guides the reader through complex theoretical terrain, providing fresh, exciting readings of plays including Othello, The Tempest, Titus Andronicus, Troilus and Cressida and Henry IV Part 1.
About the Author
Karen Raber is Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, USA, specializing in early modern literature and culture. She has published extensively in the fields of gender and early modern women writers, animal studies, and ecostudies.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Series Editor's Preface
Chapter 1: We Have Never Been Humanist: Genealogies of Posthumanism
Chapter 2: Posthuman Cosmography
Chapter 3: Bodies and Minds
Chapter 4: Neither Fish nor Fowl
Chapter 5: TechnoBard
Chapter 6: Post-posthumanism? Back to the Future