In Phenomenal Shakespeare, leading Shakespeare scholar Bruce R. Smith presents an original account for the ways in which Shakespeare's poems and plays continue to resonate with audiences, readers and scholars because of their engagement with the whole body, not just the reading mind.
* 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