Download or read Shakespeare s Tragic Cosmos PDF, written by Thomas McAlindon and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 1996-04-18 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This study focuses on Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, the four main tragedies and Antony and Cleopatra. Tom McAlindon argues that there were two models of nature in Renaissance culture, one hierarchical, in which everything has an appointed place, and the other contrarious, showing nature as a tense system of interacting opposites, liable to sudden collapse and transformation. This latter model informs Shakespeare's tragedy.
Download or read Tragedy PDF, written by Sarah Dewar-Watson and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2014-06-10 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Tragedy is one of the oldest and most revered forms of literature in the western world. Over the centuries, tragedy has shown a tremendous capacity to reinvent itself, often emerging at crucial moments in the evolution of cultural, political and intellectual history. Not only is tragedy marked by its diversity, the critical literature surrounding the genre is equally diverse. This Reader's Guide offers a comprehensive introduction to the key criticism and debates on tragedy, from Aristotle through to the present day. Sarah Dewar-Watson presents the work of canonical theorists and lesser-known but, nonetheless, influential critics, bringing together a strong sense of the critical tradition and an awareness of current scholarly trends. Stimulating and engaging, this essential resource helps students to navigate their way around the subject of tragedy and its rich critical terrain.
Download or read Shakespeare s Tragedies PDF, written by Emma Smith and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2008-04-15 with total page 384 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This Guide steers students through the critical writing on Shakespeare’s tragedies from the sixteenth century to the present day. Guides students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s tragedies. Covers both significant early views and recent critical interventions. Substantial editorial material links the articles and places them in context. Annotated suggestions for further reading allow students to investigate further.
Download or read Christian Settings in Shakespeare s Tragedies PDF, written by D. Douglas Waters and published by Associated University Presse. This book was released on 1994 with total page 334 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Showing no propagandistic concern for theology, Shakespeare's tragedies with Christian settings (R3, R2, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, and Hamlet) are secular, sympathetic treatments of human downfall caused mainly by evil in external situations in the universe and society. In this book, D. Douglas Waters - defining Shakespeare's tragic vision - sees evil mainly in terms of cosmic and societal forces and only partially in terms of the weaknesses of the tragic figures. The scope of Waters's study is to analyze the tragic structure of several plays, to oppose present-day deemphasis on the genre of tragedy in discussions of Shakespeare by some structuralists and poststructuralists, and to stress Shakespeare's tragic mimesis (as artistic representation) and our response to it - our intellectual, moral, and emotional clarification of pity and fear for the tragic heroes and/or heroines. Here, Waters takes a combined historicist and formalist approach to Shakespeare's tragedies with Christian settings. He takes issue with both the theological critics of Shakespeare's tragedies and structuralist and poststructuralist interpreters (who either ignore or slight tragedy and tragic theory in Shakespeare interpretation). Waters's view differs notably from such diverse interpretations as Roy W. Battenhouse's Shakespearean tragedy: Its art and Christian premises, Irving Ribner's Patterns in Shakespearian tragedy, Virgil K. Whitaker's The mirror up to nature: The techniques of Shakespeare's tragedies, and Robert Grams Hunter's Shakespeare and the mystery of God's judgments. Waters questions, for example, Battenhouse's validity of Christian theological and didactic emphases on the old purgation theory of catharsis. His approach differs also from Northrop Frye's views on the tragedies in Northrop Frye on Shakespeare, an archetypal approach to representative plays including the tragedies. More in the tradition of such works as Roland M. Frye's Shakespeare and Christian doctrine and The Renaissance "Hamlet" and Robert H. West's Shakespeare and the outer mystery, Waters's efforts go beyond those of Kenneth Muir and Ruth Nevo - and others with whom he generally agrees - by discussing tragedy in light of some recent structuralist and poststructuralist challenges to the importance of genre considerations in Shakespeare. This text is a valuable historicist/formalist contribution to critical theory and a specific literary analysis of the tragedies with Christian settings - tragedies which give secular importance to human suffering without affirming the importance of theological premises. Waters holds that these tragedies emphasize all things human and cause spectators and readers of these tragedies to question rather than affirm God's goodness, grace, and providence.
Download or read Tragic Views of the Human Condition PDF, written by Lourens Minnema and published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA. This book was released on 2013-06-06 with total page 584 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Can tragic views of the human condition as known to Westerners through Greek and Shakespearean tragedy be identified outside European culture, in the Indian culture of Hindu epic drama? In what respects can the Mahabharata epic's and the Bhagavadgita's views of the human condition be called 'tragic' in the Greek and Shakespearean senses of the word? Tragic views of the human condition are primarily embedded in stories. Only afterwards are these views expounded in theories of tragedy and in philosophical anthropologies. Minnema identifies these embedded views of human nature by discussing the ways in which tragic stories raise a variety of anthropological issues-issues such as coping with evil, suffering, war, death, values, power, sacrifice, ritual, communication, gender, honour, injustice, knowledge, fate, freedom. Each chapter represents one cluster of tragic issues that are explored in terms of their particular (Greek, English, Indian) settings before being compared cross-culturally. In the end, the underlying question is: are Indian views of the human condition very different from Western views?
Download or read Shakespeare s Tragedies PDF, written by Harold Bloom and published by Infobase Publishing. This book was released on 2009 with total page 119 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Discusses the plot, characters, and themes of five Shakespearean tragedies.
Download or read Teaching Shakespeare and Early Modern Dramatists PDF, written by A. Hiscock and published by Springer. This book was released on 2007-07-02 with total page 243 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This collection offers practical suggestions for the integration of non-Shakespearean drama into the teaching of Shakespeare. It shows both the ways in which Shakespearean drama is typical of its period and of the ways in which it is distinctive, by looking at Shakespeare and other writers who influenced and developed the genres in which he worked.
Download or read Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare PDF, written by Victor Kiernan and published by Zed Books Ltd.. This book was released on 2016-02-15 with total page 303 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 'This book rests on a lifetime’s thinking about history. It helps us see Shakespeare in “a more realistic light”.’ Times Literary Supplement The seventeenth century saw the brief flowering of tragic drama across Western Europe. And in the plays of William Shakespeare, this form of drama found its greatest exponent. These Tragedies, Kiernan argues, represented the artistic expression of a new social and political consciousness which permeated every aspect of life in this period. In this book, Kiernan sets out to rescue the Tragedies from the reductionist interpretations of mainstream literary criticism, by uncovering the wider historical context which shaped Shakespeare's writings. Opening with an overview of contemporary England, the development of the theatre, and a portrait of Shakespeare as a writer, Kiernan goes on to provide an in-depth analysis of eight of his Tragedies – from Julius Caesar to Coriolanus – drawing out their contrasts and recurring themes, and exploring their attitudes to monarchy, war, religion, philosophy, and changing relations between men and women. Featuring a new introduction by Terry Eagleton, this is an invaluable resource for those looking for a new perspective on Shakespeare's writings.
Download or read Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare PDF, written by V. G. Kiernan and published by Verso. This book was released on 1996-04-17 with total page 308 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In this companion volume to Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen, Victor Kiernan sets out to rescue Shakespearean studies from the increasingly solipsistic terrain of literary criticism, focusing on historical location as a means to understanding his work.
Download or read Royal Power and Authority in Shakespeare s Late Tragedies PDF, written by Alisa Manninen and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2015-10-05 with total page 350 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: William Shakespeare explores political survival as a question of interaction at court in King Lear, Macbeth, and Antony and Cleopatra. Through a discussion of authority as an element that is distinct from power, this book offers a new perspective on the importance of acts of persuasion and the contribution the late tragedies make to Shakespeare’s portrayal of monarchy. It argues that the most productive uses of the material power to judge or reward are those that reinforce royal authority and establish the monarch at the centre of the web of noble relationships. In the late tragedies, rulership is exercised at court. It acquires a nature of its own as the interaction of powerful and potentially powerful individuals among the nobility. The persuasive exercise of authority complements the tangible power that is founded on the monarch’s material resources, so that consent to the monarch’s supremacy is obtained through various discourses of justification and the performance of the monarch’s social role. Shakespeare’s combination of emotional intimacy with political concerns becomes central to the tragedies of these three plays when the failure to establish control over power and authority leads to the breakdown of established values and political traditions.
Download or read Shakespeare and the Classics PDF, written by Charles Martindale and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2011-02-24 with total page 340 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Shakespeare and the Classics demonstrates that the classics are of central importance in Shakespeare's plays and in the structure of his imagination. Written by an international team of Shakespeareans and classicists, this book investigates Shakespeare's classicism and shows how he used a variety of classical books to explore crucial areas of human experience such as love, politics, ethics and history. The book focuses on Shakespeare's favourite classical authors, especially Ovid, Virgil, Seneca, Plautus and Terence, and, in translation only, Plutarch. Attention is also paid to the humanist background and to Shakespeare's knowledge of Greek literature and culture. The final section, from the perspective of reception, examines how Shakespeare's classicism was seen and used by later writers. This accessible book offers a rounded and comprehensive treatment of Shakespeare's classicism and will be a useful first port of call for students and others approaching the subject.
Download or read The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy PDF, written by Claire McEachern and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2002 with total page 310 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Discusses the forms, contexts, and critical and theatrical issues associated with ten Shakespearean tragedies.
Download or read THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE PDF, written by SENGUPTA, GAUTAM and published by PHI Learning Pvt. Ltd.. This book was released on 2022-04-04 with total page 180 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Tragedy of Macbeth is the shortest tragedy written by William Shakespeare. Macbeth, the protagonist of the play, is portrayed as a successful Scottish general in the army of King Duncan. Macbeth, one day, gets politically instigated by a trio of witches that he would become the King of Scotland soon. Encouraged by his wife (Lady Macbeth) and taken over by greed and action, Macbeth murders King Duncan, and becomes the King of Scotland. Key Features • Clear language with complete annotations. • Act-wise Scene-wise summary given at the end of every Act. • Plot-wise Commentary given at the end of the text. • Critical Essay explaining 'Themes that emerge out of Macbeth' and 'Under the Critics' Lens' have been provided. Target Audience B.A. / M.A. English
Download or read The Tragedy of King Lear PDF, written by William Shakespeare and published by Cambridge University Press. This book was released on 2020-05-14 with total page 315 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Offers a completely new introduction, with a particular emphasis on the play's afterlife in global performance and adaptation.
Download or read A Christian Pattern In Shakespeare s Tragedies PDF, written by George F. Held and published by Lulu Press, Inc. This book was released on 2014-07-14 with total page pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The compositional pattern documented in this book consists of two elements. The first is taken from Romeo and Juliet and is relatively simple. It consists of a situation in which both Romeo and Juliet find themselves: each survives the death of the other. The protagonists of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies are put into this same situation: each survives the death of the woman he loves most. The second element is taken from Richard III and is more complex: it involves the motives of the protagonist. Each of the protagonists, like Richard, has two sets of motives, primary and secondary. The primary motives are unformulated to the his con¬scious mind, less clear, unavowed, but also more profound, more character¬istic, more general, more real, more important. The secondary motives are his ostensible motives; they are clear, partic¬ular, consciously known, openly professed, but ultimately more superficial, less charac¬teristic, less real or even unreal, less important.
Download or read Romeo and Juliet PDF, written by William Shakespeare and published by Penguin. This book was released on 1998-05-01 with total page 297 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Signet Classics edition of William Shakespeare's timeless story of star-crossed lovers. One of the Bard's most popular plays, this is both the quintessential story of young love and a cautionary tale of the tragedy that can occur when the forces of passion and familial pride are at odds. This title in the Signet Classics Shakespeare series includes: • An overview of Shakespeare's life, world, and theater • A special introduction to the play by the editor, J.A. Bryant, Jr. • The source from which Shakespeare derived Romeo and Juliet, Arthur Brooke's The Tragicall Historye of Romeus and Juliet • Dramatic criticism from Samuel Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Michael Goldman, and others • A comprehensive stage and screen history of notable actors, directors, and productions of Romeo and Juliet • Text, notes, and commentaries printed in the clearest, most readable format • Recommended readings
Download or read Shakespeare s Tudor History A Study of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 PDF, written by Tom McAlindon and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-11-01 with total page 238 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This title was first published in 2002: An intensive study of Shakespeare's most ambitious and complex achievement in the historical mode. The book offers an account of the play's critical history from 1700 until the 1980s, deals with the aspects of Tudor history relevant to an understanding, and offers close readings of the text structured around what the author believes to be the play's three dominant concepts: time; truth; and grace. In an attempt to correct what he sees as a certain falsification of critical history, the author aligns his account of the play's reception with one of its major preoccupations - the inescapable and informing presence of the past.