Shakespeare and derivatives

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Abstract

The twenty-first century has witnessed the rise to power of images in every aspect of human endeavour. Speculative financial derivatives have achieved a predominant place in the economy, spin and perception rule the political sphere, and technological media ensure that we spend our lives surrounded by images of all kinds. Reading the works of Shakespeare reveals the roots of this process in the early modern period, when the iconoclasm of the Reformation, popular protests against usury, and the campaign against ritual magic combined to provide an ethically based popular resistance to the power of signs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-96
Number of pages14
JournalCritical Survey
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Idolatry
  • Magic
  • Representation
  • Semiotics
  • Witchcraft

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  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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Shakespeare and derivatives. / Hawkes, David.

In: Critical Survey, Vol. 30, No. 3, 01.09.2018, p. 83-96.

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Hawkes, David. / Shakespeare and derivatives. In: Critical Survey. 2018 ; Vol. 30, No. 3. pp. 83-96.
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