Shakespeare’s characters and stories played an important role in his own time when a new system of mercantile economy was developing out of geographical discoveries, and Common Law was trying to keep pace with current debates and regulations aimed at facilitating commerce. It is not surprising that economic themes, motifs and language rank high among the pressing cultural concerns to which Shakespeare gave shape in his works. This rapid, dramatic rise to prominence of economic questions is reflected in the pervasive monetary subtext of Shakespeare’s language and the baffling ubiquitousness of economic metaphors in his plays and poems.
Today, globalization has contributed to move to the foreground the intercultural dimension to the reproduction and consumption of Shakespeare, a process that is clearly registered in the growing relevance taken on by the ‘new’ economic criticism and the new writings of his uniquely cosmopolitan afterlife.
Biografia degli autori
Carla DenteCarla Dente is professor of English Literature at the University of Pisa, where she has also held the chair of History of English Theatre and Drama for many academic terms. She has been one the founders and the fi rst President of IASEMS – Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies. Her research interests mainly focus on early modern theatre and culture, with occasional incursions into the theatrical history of other periods (especially contemporary theatre) and into other literary genres, especially fi ction (Iris Murdoch and Patrick White). Shakespearian theatre and its reception have been the subject of many recent volumes, such as Dibattito sul teatro (ETS 2006); Crossing Time and
Space. Translations in present-day Europe (PLUS 2008), edited with Sara Soncini, Shakespeare and Confl ict. A European Perspective (Palgrave 2013), with Soncini again, and Off stage and Onstage Liminal Forms of Theatre and Their Enactments in Early Modern English Drama to the Licensing Act, with Jesús Tronch (ETS 2015). She has published extensively on Shakespearian plays (MV, CoE, Ham.) often following Law and Lit. perspectives and sometimes focusing on their Italian reception (Pirandello and Camilleri).