This in-depth number of essays strains the altering reception of Shakespeare over the last 400 years, in which time Shakespeare has variously been visible because the final nice exponent of pre-modern Western tradition, a vital inaugurator of modernity, and a prophet of postmodernity. This clean examine Shakespeare's performs is a vital contribution to the revival of the belief of 'modernity' and the way we periodise ourselves, and Shakespeare, first and foremost of a brand new millennium.

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