To "rematerialize" in the sense of Rematerializing Shakespeare is not to recover a lost material infrastructure, as Marx spoke of, nor is it to restore to some material existence its priority over the imaginary. This anthology of work by three generations of some of the most highly-regarded British and American Shakespeare scholars does not offer a single theoretical stance on any of the forms of critical materialism (Marxism, cultural materialism, new historicism, transversal poetics, gender studies or performance criticism), but rather demonstrates that the materiality of Shakespeare is multidimensional and consists of the imagination, the intended, and the desired. Nothing returns in this rematerialization, unless it is a return in the sense of the repressed, which, when it comes back, comes back as something else. The essays assembled here constitute an emergent activity of Shakespeare studies that focuses not just on the past or present, but also on the critical future. An all-star line-up of contributors includes Kate McLuskie, Terence Hawkes, Catherine Belsey and Doug Bruster.

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