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date: 13 August 2020

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‘Feeling Shakespeare’ resituates a lapsed critical conversation about aesthetics and Shakespeare by referring the question of aesthetics back to the realm of bodily sensations, and ahead to the emergent field of affect theory. By attending as well to the way our current moment conditions the possibility of feeling and perception, it offers four exemplary analyses of the way Shakespeare is materialized—via play-text, performance, cinema, and graphic novel. The essay suggests that much of the way Shakespeare appears to us at the present cannot but generate mixed feelings, rather than the distanced aesthetic disposition described by Kant, and critiqued by Bourdieu.

Keywords: aesthetics, affect, Benjamin, Bourdieu, feeling, Kant, media, Shakespeare

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