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Shakespeare Dwelling

Designs for the Theater of Life

Julia Reinhard Lupton

Shakespeare Dwelling

Julia Reinhard Lupton

272 pages | 5 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2018
Paper $27.50 ISBN: 9780226540917 Will Publish April 2018
Cloth $82.50 ISBN: 9780226266015 Will Publish April 2018
E-book $27.50 ISBN: 9780226266152 Will Publish April 2018
Great halls and hovels, dove-houses and sheepcotes, mountain cells and seaside shelters—these are some of the spaces in which Shakespearean characters gather to dwell, and to test their connections with one another and their worlds. Julia Reinhard Lupton enters Shakespeare’s dwelling places in search of insights into the most fundamental human problems.
 
Focusing on five works (Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Pericles, Cymbeline, and The Winter’s Tale), Lupton remakes the concept of dwelling by drawing on a variety of sources, including modern design theory, Renaissance treatises on husbandry and housekeeping, and the philosophies of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. The resulting synthesis not only offers a new entry point into the contemporary study of environments; it also shows how Shakespeare’s works help us continue to make sense of our primal creaturely need for shelter.
Contents
Introduction: Entries into Dwelling
1 Reading Dramaturgy in Romeo and Juliet
2 Macbeth against Dwelling
3 Grace and Place in Pericles
4 Nativity and Natality in Cymbeline
5 Room for Dessert in The Winter’s Tale
Epilogue: Fight Call
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Index
Review Quotes
Paul A. Kottman, The New School for Social Research
"Infrastructure, design, climate change, environmental friendliness, the politics of hospitality – these issues are everywhere. In Shakespeare Dwelling, Lupton brings her characteristic originality of vision to bear on the role played by a variety of interpersonal bonds when it comes to understanding our relation to the material world, as well as the self-relations required in our relations to objects. She does this by treating us to eye-opening readings of Shakespeare--her specialty--without ever losing sight of what Shakespeare was watching: the 'theater of life.'"
Bruce R. Smith, University of Southern California
"Shakespeare Dwelling takes its place in a trilogy that started with Citizen-Saints and continued in Thinking with Shakespeare. Together the three books offer an extended meditation on interfaces among politics, life, and literature (especially drama, and especially Shakespeare) that is, in my judgment, largely unmatched since the collapse of Modernism and the fading from view of public intellectuals like Lionel Trilling. Such ambitions, as Julia demonstrates, are still possible."
 
Sarah Beckwith, Duke University
"This immensely resourceful, deeply inventive book should be a touchstone in Shakespeare Studies, and for new humanistic work. It generously affords us new ways of imagining Shakespeare’s astonishingly syncretic dramaturgy. Lupton has already taught us how to think with Shakespeare; here she helps us co-habit the generative locales of his work, bringing together threads of phenomenology, architecture, house-keeping, and theology in a characteristically exuberant set of reflections.”
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