Eros in Shakespeare
This brief essay is a translation of the introduction to the volume L’Eros in Shakespeare, edited
by Alessandro Serpieri and Keir Elam in 1988. In discussing the role of the passions in
Shakespeare’s plays and poetry, it brings together considerations from semiotics, psychoanalysis,
drama theory and early modern English history. These approaches are all pertinent to the
analysis of the multi-perspective and performative language of Shakespeare’s plays. The essay
also surveys the four Shakespeare conferences held in Taormina, under the direction of Alessandro
Serpieri, between 1984 and 1987.
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