December 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
- An original examination of Shakespeare’s appeal written by leading Shakespeare scholar Bruce R. Smith
- Contains insightful examinations of a single Shakespeare sonnet, Venus and Adonis, and King Lear to model the possibilities of historical phenomenology as a better strategy for critical reading than approaches based on language alone
- Pushes beyond traditional treatments of Shakespeare
- An ideal handbook of contemporary approaches to Shakespeare and a celebration of Shakespeare's staying power on stage, on film, and on the page
Prologue The Argument.
Chapter One As It Likes You.
Chapter Two How Should One Read a Shakespeare Sonnet?
Chapter Three Carnal Knowledge.
Chapter Four Touching Moments.
Epilogue What Shakespeare Proves.
"But Smith's pleasure-seeking book, a useful corrective to the worst excesses of historicism is police-like in its own way". (Times Higher Education Supplement, 25 November 2010)"A welcome introduction to what is proving an exciting set of radically new approaches for making sense of the early modern period […] what is really groundbreaking about Smith’s work here is how it demands that we as scholars re-address what it is that we think we are doing when we read these texts."
—William N. West, Northwestern University
"A timely and unique contribution that urges the reorientation of critical attitudes from the "state the theory, show the theory, restate the theory" approach towards a method of manifesting or showing".
—P.A. Skantze, Roehampton University