Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Performance, and Philosophy

Edited by Lowell Gallagher, James Kearney, and Julia Reinhard Lupton

© 2021

To entertain an idea is to take it in, pay attention to it, give it breathing room, dwell with it for a time. The practice of entertaining ideas suggests rumination and meditation, inviting us to think of philosophy as a form of hospitality and a kind of mental theatre. In this collection, organized around key words shared by philosophy and performance, the editors suggest that Shakespeare’s plays supply readers, listeners, viewers, and performers with equipment for living.

In plays ranging from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to King Lear and The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare invites readers and audiences to be more responsive to the texture and meaning of daily encounters, whether in the intimacies of love, the demands of social and political life, or moments of ethical decision. Entertaining the Idea features established and emerging scholars, addressing key words such as role play, acknowledgment, judgment, and entertainment as well as curse and care. The volume also includes longer essays on Shakespeare, Kant, Husserl, and Hegel as well as an afterword by theatre critic Charles McNulty on the philosophy and performance history of King Lear.

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  • Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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This collection assembles essays on key words that link performance and philosophy in the works of Shakespeare.

Entertaining the Idea: Shakespeare, Performance, and Philosophy

Edited by Lowell Gallagher, James Kearney, and Julia Reinhard Lupton

© 2021

To entertain an idea is to take it in, pay attention to it, give it breathing room, dwell with it for a time. The practice of entertaining ideas suggests rumination and meditation, inviting us to think of philosophy as a form of hospitality and a kind of mental theatre. In this collection, organized around key words shared by philosophy and performance, the editors suggest that Shakespeare’s plays supply readers, listeners, viewers, and performers with equipment for living.

In plays ranging from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to King Lear and The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare invites readers and audiences to be more responsive to the texture and meaning of daily encounters, whether in the intimacies of love, the demands of social and political life, or moments of ethical decision. Entertaining the Idea features established and emerging scholars, addressing key words such as role play, acknowledgment, judgment, and entertainment as well as curse and care. The volume also includes longer essays on Shakespeare, Kant, Husserl, and Hegel as well as an afterword by theatre critic Charles McNulty on the philosophy and performance history of King Lear.

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Product Details

  • Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Lowell Gallagher is a professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles.


    James Kearney< is an associate professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


    Julia Reinhard Lupton is a professor of English at the University of California, Irvine.
  • Table of contents

    Illustrations
    Acknowledgments

    Introduction: Lowell Gallagher, James Kearney, and Julia Reinhard Lupton

    Section I: Key Words

    1. Shakespeare and Role Playing
    Tzachi Zamir

    2. Habit
    J.K. Barret

    3. Acknowledgment
    Sarah Beckwith
     
    4. Judgment
    Kevin Curran

    5. Way of Life
    James Kuzner
     
    6. Entertainment
    Jeffrey Knapp
     
    7. Curse
    Björn Quiring
     
    8. Care
    Sheiba Kian Kaufman

    Section II: Extended Encounters

    9. Shakespeare’s Now: Some Philosophical Perspectives on King Lear and The Winter’s Tale
    Sanford Budick

    10. Hegel with Hamlet: Questions of Method
    Anselm Haverkamp

    11. Bliss Unrevealed: The “Trial” in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale
    Paul Kottman

    Afterword by Charles McNulty, Theatre Critic, Los Angeles Times

    Works Cited
    Contributors
    Index

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