'The Restless Circulation of Languages and Tales'

Interview with Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University, 27 April 2005; 14 April 2006.

Noel King

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Abstract

In this interview Stephen Greenblatt discusses the changes in literary studies from his experience of the mid-twentieth century emphasis on 'a formalist education . . . organized on historical principles' to the moment of the new historicist embrace 'of other contextual concerns ' anthropological, sociological, and historical', to his current interest in 'mobility studies,' a critical orientation which understands culture not as 'the product of stability and rootedness' but rather as 'the restless circulation of languages and tales.' Professor Greenblatt also discusses the critical reception of his biography of Shakespeare, Will in the World, and the uncertain status of literary biography within academic literary critical studies.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTextual Practice
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • Greenblatt
  • Literary biography
  • Literary education
  • Literary theory
  • Mobility studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Will in the World

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