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By D. Albanese

ISBN-10: 0230112943

ISBN-13: 9780230112940

ISBN-10: 1349289590

ISBN-13: 9781349289592

This research argues that Shakespeare can now be understood as a part of public tradition. because of the emergence of mass schooling within the 20th century, Albanese argues that Shakespeare has turn into a shared estate, regardless of the depiction of his texts as 'elite' cultural gadgets within the movie industry.

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As with much cultural studies work, it locates all value with “the people”—and a strangely monolithic and uncomplex version of a working class at that: as though resistance to Shakespeare were truly the sign of organic intellectualism, and as though American populism were not, these days, a phenomenon needing far more subtle tools of dissection. 47 In general, all the positions I have discussed seem belated with respect to the power of “literature” in general, and Shakespeare in particular, as ideologically laden signs of a distinction that primarily serves dominative ends.

37 That is to say, the concept of “elites” was located at the intersection of state politics and power-knowledge. 38 As such, sociology, in particular its elaboration of elite theory, is subject to the same critical gaze that Foucault directed at its juridical, medical, and psychologistic counterparts. Unlike those other fields, however, sociology, as yet another of the sciences of man, was in the process of constructing an overtly self-legitimating model of cultural differentiation, one whose conservatism was in effect a reaction formation in favor of centralized state power and of the elites who did its work, directly or indirectly.

Hence the latter’s closing statement: “What is less clear is how we can get beyond this particular ideology. For Shakespeare as fetish, in this time of perceived crisis in the humanities, has become the ideology of our time” (250). For Garber, what needs “getting beyond” is partly the way a fixed and universalized Shakespeare, a Shakespeare whose meaning cannot be subject to contestation or deconstruction without great peril, refers back to the “maternal phallus” that is England. Yet Anglophilia is not particularly a telling form of power at this moment in the American imaginary, even if Blair’s adding Britain to the American-dominated “coalition of the willing” in the Iraq war brought forth nostalgic evocations of World War II–era allegiances in a public discourse all too willing to use the legitimation of historical precedent.

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