The Moral Universe of Shakespeare s Problem Plays Book

The Moral Universe of Shakespeare s Problem Plays


  • Author : Vivian Thomas
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-03-31
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 242
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000350104

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The Moral Universe of Shakespeare s Problem Plays Excerpt :

What is it that makes Shakespeare’s problem plays problematic? Many critics have sought for the underlying vision or message of these puzzling and disturbing dramas. Originally published in 1987, the key to Viv Thomas’s new synthesis of the plays is the idea of fracture and dissolution in the universe. From the collapse of ‘degree’ in Troilus and Cressida to the corruption at the heart of innocence in Measure for Measure, to the puzzling status of virtue and valour in All’s Well, the most obvious feature of these plays in their capacity to prompt new questions. In a detailed discussion of each play in turn, the author traces the dominant themes that both distinguish and unite them, and provides numerous insights into the sources, background, texture and morality of the plays.

Shakespeare s Pluralistic Concepts of Character Book
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Shakespeare s Pluralistic Concepts of Character


  • Author : Imtiaz H. Habib
  • Publisher : Susquehanna University Press
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 257
  • ISBN 10 : 0945636377

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Shakespeare s Pluralistic Concepts of Character Excerpt :

This study attempts to explore Shakespeare's approach to character in terms of techniques of subversive representation that may be connected to the Elizabethans' fondness for enigma, contradiction, and paradox - particularly of the sort found in sixteenth-century anamorphic art. William Scrots and Nicholas Hilliard are just two Elizabethan artists who were aware of European Mannerist techniques of illusionism and trick perspectives of the variety, for instance, shown by the Dutch painter Hans Holbein during his residence in England. References to trick or curious perspectives abound in the writings of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English poets and dramatists. They are also so numerous in Shakespeare's own plays as to make a connection between the techniques of anamorphic representation and those of his dramatic art conceivable and useful in critical terms. The presentation of a complex character such as Shylock bears resemblance to the technique of anamorphic portraiture and trick perspective in the sense that, seen one way he appears a villain, but seen another way he appears a persecuted victim. The clashing and merging of opposed frames of ideological reference that cannot be held apart or resolved and that remain in a kind of uneasy balance may be a technique of comic characterization that exploits relativism and ambiguity in the presentation of human personality and self on stage. A similar technique can be seen at work in the Histories in the characters of Richard and Bolingbroke, who, as has long been noted, compete contrarily for the audience's ideological sympathies over the course of the play. Could this be a deliberate method of historical reconsideration that Shakespeare used in exploring Elizabethan England's medieval past, a way of understanding the problem of representing the complexities of the historical self in drama? The enigma of self is, of course, most evident in the tragedies. The contradictions and self-interrogations of the Hamlet worl

Shakespeare s Problem Plays Book

Shakespeare s Problem Plays


  • Author : Simon Barker
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2005-04-25
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350310278

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Shakespeare s Problem Plays Excerpt :

This New Casebook offers a wide-ranging selection of contemporary critical readings of Shakespeare's three 'problem plays': All's Well that Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Trolius and Cressida. Together, they reflect the diversity of late twentieth-century theory and the controversy that continues to be generated by the plays, and discuss a variety of key issues. These include the meaning of the term 'problem play', the historical context and political and cultural significance of the plays, as well as issues of staging and theatre history. The volume also provides a helpful introduction which guides the reader through the critical approaches, terms and debates, as well as explanatory notes for each essay and a useful section on further reading.

Shakespeare the Playwright Book

Shakespeare the Playwright


  • Author : Victor L. Cahn
  • Publisher : Greenwood Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 1996
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 865
  • ISBN 10 : 9780275955229

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Shakespeare the Playwright Excerpt :

When Victor Cahn's Shakespeare the Playwright was issued in 1991, it was highly recommended for any general public library and for academic collections at all undergraduate levels (Choice) and viewed as a useful guide for the general reader, as well as high school and undergraduate students Library Journal. Now Professor Cahn has revised his introduction to make the context of Shakespeare's plays more meaningful to the beginning researcher and to show how the plays have been performed from the 16th century onward. In addition, the bibliographies for each of the 37 plays have been updated to include the best new research. These updates and revisions will enhance the use of this guide for the general reader, student, and researcher, from high school onward. Since their first production four centuries ago, the plays of William Shakespeare have been the most widely produced, popularly acclaimed, and critically examined works in the world's literature. In this unique book, Victor L. Cahn, an acclaimed teacher of drama, guides the reader scene by scene through each of Shakespeare's thirty-seven plays, re-creating the freshness and theatrical effect of performance. Cahn has based his approach on the assumption that the fundamental appeal of Shakespeare's plays lies in the characters, and with clarity and subtlety he focuses on how the implications of the characters' actions and the nuances of their language contribute to the plays' impact. The introduction briefly traces Shakespeare's life and career, and explains some of the social and artistic circumstances that influenced his work. The plays are grouped by genre: Tragedies, Histories, Comedies, and Romances. This structure allows Cahn to explore Shalespeare's development in all four dramatic forms, as well as to suggest relationships between characters, themes, and images throughout the works. In addition, Cahn discusses the plays as reflective of Shakespeare's age, particularly the Renaissance concern with the tension

Reader s Guide to Literature in English Book

Reader s Guide to Literature in English


  • Author : Mark Hawkins-Dady
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2012-12-06
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 1010
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135314170

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Reader s Guide to Literature in English Excerpt :

Reader's Guide Literature in English provides expert guidance to, and critical analysis of, the vast number of books available within the subject of English literature, from Anglo-Saxon times to the current American, British and Commonwealth scene. It is designed to help students, teachers and librarians choose the most appropriate books for research and study.

The Prostitute and the Prophet Book

The Prostitute and the Prophet


  • Author : Yvonne Sherwood
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2004-12-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 0567040712

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The Prostitute and the Prophet Excerpt :

The only consensus that has been reached on Hosea 1-3 is that it is a notoriously 'problematic' text. Sherwood unpicks this rather vague statement by examining the particular complexities of the text and frictions between the text and reader that conspire to produce such a disorientating effect. Four dimensions of the 'problem' are considered: the conflict between text and reader over the 'improper' relationship between Hosea and Gomer; the bizarre prophetic sign-language that conscripts people into a cosmic charade; the text's propensity to subvert its central theses; and the emergent tensions between the feminist reader and the text. Aiming to bring together literary criticism and biblical scholarship, this book provides lucid introductions to ideological criticism, semiotics, deconstruction and feminist criticism, and looks at the implications of these approaches not only for the book of Hosea but for biblical studies in general.

Shakespeare and the Ethics of War Book

Shakespeare and the Ethics of War


  • Author : Patrick Gray
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2019-09-13
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 170
  • ISBN 10 : 9781789202632

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Shakespeare and the Ethics of War Excerpt :

How does Shakespeare represent war? This volume reviews scholarship to date on the question and introduces new perspectives, looking at contemporary conflict through the lens of the past. Through his haunting depiction of historical bloodshed, including the Trojan War, the fall of the Roman Republic, and the Wars of the Roses, Shakespeare illuminates more recent political violence, ranging from the British occupation of Ireland to the Spanish Civil War, the Balkans War, and the past several decades of U. S. military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Can a war be just? What is the relation between the ruler and the ruled? What motivates ethnic violence? Shakespeare’s plays serve as the frame for careful explorations of perennial problems of human co-existence: the politics of honor, the ethics of diplomacy, the responsibility of non-combatants, and the tension between idealism and Realpolitik.

Shakespeare and the Shrew Book

Shakespeare and the Shrew


  • Author : A. Kamaralli
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2012-11-16
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 250
  • ISBN 10 : 9781137291516

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Shakespeare and the Shrew Excerpt :

An investigation of the many ways that Shakespeare uses the defiant voice of the shrew. Kamaralli explores how modern performance practice negotiates the possibilities for staging these characters who refuse to conform to standards of acceptable behaviour for women, but are among Shakespeare's bravest, wisest and most vivid creations.

Re visions of Shakespeare Book
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Re visions of Shakespeare


  • Author : Robert Ornstein
  • Publisher : University of Delaware Press
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 298
  • ISBN 10 : 0874138558

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Re-Visions of Shakespeare: Essays in Honor of Robert Ornstein is a tribute to one of the most prominent Shakespeareans in the last half of the twentieth century, past president of the Shakespeare Association of America, and author of Shakespeare's Comedies: From Roman Farce to Romantic Mystery, and Other texts. Twelve original contributions by an international group of scholars, including some of the most prominent working in Shakespeare studies today, use a variety of theoretical perspectives to address issues of contemporary import in the dramatic texts. Janus-like, the collection suggests the directions of Shakespeare studies at the outset of the new millennium while considering their roots in the last.

Shakespeare and the Legal Imagination Book

Shakespeare and the Legal Imagination


  • Author : Ian Ward
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1999-07
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN 10 : 040698803X

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Shakespeare and the Legal Imagination Excerpt :

This work offers an analysis of constitutional law, examining Shakespeare's plays as legal texts. Professor Ward uses the plays as a starting point to investigate the development of constitutional ideas such as sovereignty, commonwealth, conscience and moral law, and the art of government. In the developing area of law and literature, this book examines how Shakespeare's work offers a rich source of textual material on legal subjects.

Shakespearean Performance Book

Shakespearean Performance


  • Author : Frank Occhiogrosso
  • Publisher : Associated University Presse
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 211
  • ISBN 10 : 0838641288

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Shakespearean Performance Excerpt :

Shakespearean Performance: New Studies contains ten essays in Shakespearean performance scholarship, plus an introduction by the editor. They are papers presented at Drew University by some of the best Shakespearean scholars in the field: Andrew Gurr, Jean Howard, Arthur Kinney, Harry Keyishian, Russell Jackson, Corey Abate, Cary Mazer, Milla Riggio, Ralph Berry, and James Bulman. The essays cover such areas as the new Globe playhouse, the staging of certain plays, the film versions of several plays, cross-dressing, and the play-within-the-play, as well as other areas of interest to students of Shakespearean performance.

Shakespeare   s Double Dealing Comedies Book

Shakespeare s Double Dealing Comedies


  • Author : Myron Stagman
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2009-12-14
  • Genre: Drama
  • Pages : 180
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443818056

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Shakespeare s Double Dealing Comedies Excerpt :

Are some of Shakespeare’s romantic storybook heroines actually emoting sexually obscene (but very funny) lines? {“Sexual quibbles (puns, play-on words), covertly uttered by precious-and-pure heroines, call for an immediate revision of viewpoint.”} When Fernando (The Tempest) is described as bravely swimming for shore “in lusty stroke”, would he be disqualified for doing this in Olympic competition? Before the walls of Harfleur, when Henry V threatens to “mow like grass your fresh-fair virgins” and have “your naked infants spitted upon pikes”, is he (and by inference his creator) barbarous? Or is he doing an hilarious comic imitation of Marlowe’s Tamburlaine before the walls of Damascus? {“There exists an interesting Marlovian source for the Tamburlaine protagonist himself—Ivan the Terrible. He proposed marriage to Queen Elizabeth, who tactfully turned him down.”} Rule Number 1: If a good writer seems surprisingly inept and has been known to be a wit or humorist, suspect parody or satire. Well, esteemed readers, you decide where to place your bets. On the critics? Or on William Shakespeare?

Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition Book

Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition


  • Author : Lewis Walker
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-05-24
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317943372

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Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition Excerpt :

This bibliography will give comprehensive coverage to published commentary in English on Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition during the period from 1961-1985. Doctoral dissertations will also be included. Each entry will provide a clear and detailed summary of an item's contents. For pomes and plays based directly on classical sources like Antony and Cleopatra and The Rape of Lucrece, virtually all significant scholarly work during the period covered will be annotated. For other works such as Hamlet, any scholarship that deals with classical connotations will be annotated. Any other bibliographies used in the compiling of this volume will be described with emphasis on their value to a student of Shakespeare and the Classics.

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy Book

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy


  • Author : Heather Hirschfeld
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-09-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191043451

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The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy Excerpt :

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy offers critical and contemporary resources for studying Shakespeare's comic enterprises. It engages with perennial, yet still urgent questions raised by the comedies and looks at them from a range of new perspectives that represent the most recent methodological approaches to Shakespeare, genre, and early modern drama. Several chapters take up firmly established topics of inquiry such Shakespeare's source materials, gender and sexuality, hetero- and homoerotic desire, race, and religion, and they reformulate these topics in the materialist, formalist, phenomenological, or revisionist terms of current scholarship and critical debate. Others explore subjects that have only relatively recently become pressing concerns for sustained scholarly interrogation, such as ecology, cross-species interaction, and humoral theory. Some contributions, informed by increasingly sophisticated approaches to the material conditions and embodied experience of theatrical practice, speak to a resurgence of interest in performance, from Shakespeare's period through the first decades of the twenty-first century. Others still investigate distinct sets of plays from unexpected and often polemical angles, noting connections between the comedies under inventive, unpredicted banners such as the theology of adultery, early modern pedagogy, global exploration, or monarchical rule. The Handbook situates these approaches against the long history of criticism and provides a valuable overview of the most up-to-date work in the field.

Symplectic Geometry and Mirror Symmetry Book

Symplectic Geometry and Mirror Symmetry


  • Author : Kodŭng Kwahagwŏn (Korea). International Conference
  • Publisher : World Scientific
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Electronic books
  • Pages : 498
  • ISBN 10 : 9812799826

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Symplectic Geometry and Mirror Symmetry Excerpt :

In 1993, M. Kontsevich proposed a conceptual framework for explaining the phenomenon of mirror symmetry. Mirror symmetry had been discovered by physicists in string theory as a duality between families of three-dimensional Calabi–Yau manifolds. Kontsevich's proposal uses Fukaya's construction of the A∞-category of Lagrangian submanifolds on the symplectic side and the derived category of coherent sheaves on the complex side. The theory of mirror symmetry was further enhanced by physicists in the language of D-branes and also by Strominger–Yau–Zaslow in the geometric set-up of (special) Lagrangian torus fibrations. It rapidly expanded its scope across from geometry, topology, algebra to physics. In this volume, leading experts in the field explore recent developments in relation to homological mirror symmetry, Floer theory, D-branes and Gromov–Witten invariants. Kontsevich-Soibelman describe their solution to the mirror conjecture on the abelian variety based on the deformation theory of A∞-categories, and Ohta describes recent work on the Lagrangian intersection Floer theory by Fukaya–Oh–Ohta–Ono which takes an important step towards a rigorous construction of the A∞-category. There follow a number of contributions on the homological mirror symmetry, D-branes and the Gromov–Witten invariants, e.g. Getzler shows how the Toda conjecture follows from recent work of Givental, Okounkov and Pandharipande. This volume provides a timely presentation of the important developments of recent years in this rapidly growing field.