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Macbeth, Macbeth

Macbeth, Macbeth

  • Author: Ewan Fernie,Simon Palfrey
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1474235581
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 288
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The tragedy is done, the tyrant Macbeth dead. The time is free. But for how long? As Macduff pursues dreams of national revival, smaller lives are seeding. In the ruins of Dunsinane, the Porter tries to keep his three young boys safe from the nightmare of history. In a nunnery deep in Birnam Wood, a girl attempts to forget what she lost in war. Flitting between them, a tortured clairvoyant shakes with the knowledge of what's to come. An unprecedented collaboration between two leading Shakespeareans, Macbeth, Macbeth sparks a whole new world from the embers of Shakespeare's great tragedy. The crow makes wing to the rooky wood...

Desire: A Memoir

Desire: A Memoir

  • Author: Jonathan Dollimore
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1350023140
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 240
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Fifty years after the Sexual Offences Act of 1967 decriminalised homosexual acts, Jonathan Dollimore explores, in, through and beyond the gay sub-cultures of cities like New York, Brighton and Sydney, what the new freedoms meant for him and others in the following decades. He writes honestly and movingly about his teenage attraction to risk and danger; of accidents and escapes; of curiosity as a flight from boredom; of suicidal depression and ecstasy; and, beneath all, of the life of desire haunted and torn by loss. For more than thirty years Jonathan Dollimore has been one of contemporary culture's most influential critics of politics, literature, and sexuality. Desire: A Memoir, a hybrid of autobiography, meditation and philosophical reflection, explores the existential sources of his writing.

Shakespeare and I

Shakespeare and I

  • Author: William McKenzie,Theodora Papadopoulou
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 144119200X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 304
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Following the ethos and ambition of the Shakespeare NOW! series, and harnessing the energy, challenge and vigour of the 'minigraph' form, Shakespeare and I is a provocative appeal and manifesto for a more personal form of criticism. A number of the most exciting and authoritative writers on Shakespeare examine and scrutinise their deepest, most personal and intimate responses to Shakespeare's plays and poems, to ask themselves if and how Shakespeare has made them the person they are. Their responses include autobiographical histories, reflections on their relationship to their professional, institutional or familial roles and meditations on the person-making force of religious or political conviction. A blog at http://shakespearenowseries.blogspot.com enables both contributors and readers to continue the debate about why Shakespeare keeps us reading and what that means for our lives today. The book aims to inspire readers to think and write about their ever-changing personal relationship with Shakespeare: about how the poems and plays - and writing about them - can reveal or transform our sense of ourselves.

Weyward Macbeth

Weyward Macbeth

Intersections of Race and Performance

  • Author: S. Newstok,Ayanna Thompson
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230102166
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Page: 288
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Weyward Macbeth, a volume of entirely new essays, provides innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to the various ways Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' has been adapted and appropriated within the context of American racial constructions. Comprehensive in its scope, this collection addresses the enduringly fraught history of 'Macbeth' in the United States, from its appearance as the first Shakespearean play documented in the American colonies to a proposed Hollywood film version with a black diasporic cast. Over two dozen contributions explore 'Macbeth's' haunting presence in American drama, poetry, film, music, history, politics, acting, and directing — all through the intersections of race and performance.

The Demonic

The Demonic

Literature and Experience

  • Author: Ewan Fernie
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0415690250
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 312
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Are we either good or bad, and do we really know the difference? Why do we want what we cannot have, and even to be what we're not? Can we desire others without wanting to possess them? Can we open to others and not risk possession ourselves? And where, in these cases, do we draw the line? Ewan Fernie argues that the demonic tradition in literature offers a key to our most agonised and intimate experiences. The Demonic ranges across the breadth of Western culture, engaging with writers as central and various as Luther, Shakespeare, Hegel, Dostoevsky, Melville and Mann. A powerful foreword by Jonathan Dollimore brings out its implications as an intellectual and stylistic breakthrough into new ways of writing criticism. Fernie unfolds an intense and personal vision, not just of Western modernity, but of identity, morality and sex. As much as it's concerned with the great works, this is a book about life.

Beyond culture

Beyond culture

essays on literature and learning

  • Author: Lionel Trilling
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literature
  • Page: 235
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Henderson the Rain King

Henderson the Rain King

  • Author: Saul Bellow
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141913819
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 352
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Bellow evokes all the rich colour and exotic customs of a highly imaginary Africa in this comic novel about a middle-aged American millionaire who, seeking a new, more rewarding life, descends upon an African tribe. Henderson's awesome feats of strength and his unbridled passion for life earns him the admiration of the tribe - but it is his gift for making rain that turns him from mere hero into messiah. A hilarious, often ribald story, HENDERSON THE RAIN KING is also a profound look at the forces that drive a man through life.

Lies Like Truth

Lies Like Truth

Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Cultural Moment

  • Author: Arthur F. Kinney
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
  • ISBN: 9780814329658
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 341
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By demonstrating fundamental connections between audience reaction then and the use of computers today, Renaissance scholar Arthur Kinney explores the cultural moment of one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies.

Seize the Day

Seize the Day

  • Author: Saul Bellow
  • Publisher: Odyssey Editions
  • ISBN: 1623730201
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 144
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Seize the day. Be in the present. Grasp the hour, the moment, the instant. This is the dubious advice given by outlandish Dr. Tamkin—part psychologist, part stockbroker—to poor Tommy Wilhelm. Unemployed, at the whim of his ex-wife and two children, and hurt by his proud and callous father, Wilhelm is disgusted with himself, yet forever hopeful that his suffering is purposeful. When he decides to entrust the last of his money to a mysterious commodities venture with Dr. Tamkin, he unwittingly sets in motion the most eventful day of his life. The journey that follows takes him across the length of New York City, from his hotel room at the Gloriana to the floor of the stock exchange, bringing him ever closer to "his heart's ultimate need."

Macbeth

Macbeth

The Graphic Novel: Original Text Version

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: Classical Comics
  • ISBN: 1906332037
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 144
  • View: 2829
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"This full colour graphic novel presents "The Scottish Play" just as Shakespeare intended: in its original and unabridged format. Ideal for purists, students and readers who will appreciate the unaltered text." "Macbeth is probably the most dramatic of Shakespeare's tragedies and this version will give you a brand new and totally fulfilling view of the sheer genius of Shakespeare's story telling. Featuring stunning artwork, and full of action, atmosphere and intrigue from start to finish, this new treatment of The Bard's tragedy will have you on the edge of your seat."--BOOK JACKET.

Shakespeare Thinking

Shakespeare Thinking

  • Author: Philip Davis
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1441129030
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 128
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Shakespearean thinking is always dynamic: thinking that happens in the living moment of its performance, in quickly passing process. This book offers a model of human mentality that can be shown through the dense immediacy of dramatic thinking, as embodied above all in Shakespeare's working method. Shakespeare Thinking discusses the positioning of Shakespeare as the paradigm of fully human mental creativity from the Romantics to the latest neurological experiments which show that Shakespeare can reveal new understandings of the hard-wiring of the human brain, and the sheer sudden electricity of its synaptic development.

Through Shakespeare's Eyes

Through Shakespeare's Eyes

Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays

  • Author: Joseph Pearce
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • ISBN: 1681495937
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 225
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Fulfilling the promise he made in his previous book, The Quest for Shakespeare, bestselling literary writer Joseph Pearce analyzes in this volume three of Shakespeare's immortal plays — The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and King Lear — in order to uncover the Bard's Catholic beliefs. In The Quest for Shakespeare, which has been made into an EWTN television series, Pearce delved into the known biographical evidence for Shakespeare's Catholicism. Here the popular and provocative author digs into the plays, which were written and first performed during the English crown's persecution of Catholics. English history and literature were taught for generations through the prism of English Protestantism. Of late both of these fields have been dominated in universities and academic presses by modern scholars with filters and interpretations of their own. Though the evidence for Shakespeare's Catholicism has been studied before now, thanks, in part, to the unique contribution of Joseph Pearce, the Bard's genius is being analyzed in the open air of the public arena, the very place where Shakespeare intended his dramas to entertain and edify.

Scenic Form in Shakespeare

Scenic Form in Shakespeare

  • Author: Emrys Jones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780198123255
  • Category: Theaters
  • Page: 269
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This study focuses attentionon a vital but neglected aspect of Shakespeare's work as a dramatist: the invention and shaping of scenes. Jones opens with a description of Shakespeare's legendary mastery of scenic organization, and goes on to cover related topics concerning scenes and sequence. Included are the presentation of time (with a critical scrutiny of the "double-time" theory); the use of a two-part structure, with the implications this has for the meaning of the plays; and the ways in which Shakespeare evolves new scenic occasions largely out of his earlier work. The book closes with a detailed examination of four of Shakespeare's tragedies.

New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity

New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1474244564
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 320
  • View: 5565
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New Places: Shakespeare and Civic Creativity documents and analyses the different ways in which a range of innovative projects take Shakespeare out into the world beyond education and the theatre. Mixing critical reflection on the social value of Shakespeare with new creative work in different forms and idioms, the volume triumphantly shows that Shakespeare can make a real contribution to contemporary civic life. Highlights include: Garrick's 1769 Shakespeare ode, its revival in 2016, and a devised performance interpretation of it; the full text of Carol Ann Duffy's A Shakespeare Masque (set to music by Sally Beamish); a new Shakespearean libretto inspired by Wagner; an exploration of the civic potential of new Shakespeare opera and ballet; a fresh Shakespeare-inspired poetic liturgy, including commissions by major British poets; a production of The Merchant of Venice marking the 500th anniversary of the Venetian Jewish Ghetto; and a remaking of Pericles as a response to the global migrant crisis.

Macbeth

Macbeth

A True Story

  • Author: Fiona J. Watson
  • Publisher: Quercus Books
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Scotland
  • Page: 320
  • View: 5468
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Thanks to William Shakespeare, the name Macbeth has become byword for political ambition realised by bloody violence. The character of Macbeth in the celebrated Shakespearean tragedy is based on an actual Scottish king who lived and died five hundred years before he was immortalised. However, the Macbeth thus conjured up bears almost no resemblance whatsoever to the king who ruled Scotland between 1040 and 1057. In fact, it is difficult to exaggerate how great an injustice history and Shakespeare have inflicted on Mac Bethad mac Findláich. Fiona Watson has uncovered, buried beneath the layers of myth, a history that is entirely different from, but just as extraordinary as, that recounted by Shakespeare. The historical Macbeth was a remarkable man living in turbulent times. As ruler of Alba (Scotland) he sat on one of the oldest and most established thrones in Western Europe. It is true that he killed Duncan, the previous king, but this was the normal, if brutal, method of regime change in Dark Age Scotland. Duncan's rash behaviour, culminating in a humiliating military defeat in northern England, was reason enough to prompt his removal before Scotland's security was further compromised. The reality is that Macbeth quickly established himself as an effective and popular ruler. As a Celtic warrior-king, he was responsible for the maintenance of his people's dominance of northern Britain. A friend to the Church and valiant protector of his people, the real Macbeth epitomised the contemporary model of vigorous medieval kingship. His fascinating story, long overdue in the telling, is done full justice in Fiona Watson's authoritative and compelling narrative.

Shakespeare for Freedom

Shakespeare for Freedom

  • Author: Ewan Fernie
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107130859
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 300
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Shakespeare for Freedom presents a powerful, plausible and political argument for Shakespeare's meaning and value. It ranges across the breadth of the Shakespeare phenomenon, offering a new interpretation not just of the characters and plays but also of the part they have played in theatre, criticism, civic culture and politics. Its story includes a glimpse of 'Freetown' in Romeo and Juliet, which comes to life in the 1769 Stratford Jubilee; the Shakespearean careers of the Leicester Chartist, Cooper, and the Hungarian hero, Kossuth; Hegel's recognition of Shakespearean freedom as the modern breakthrough; its fatal effects in America; the disgust it inspired in Tolstoy; its rehabilitation by Ted Hughes; and its obscure centrality in the 2012 Olympics. Ultimately, it issues a positive Shakespearean prognosis for freedom as a vital (in both senses), unending struggle. Shakespeare for Freedom shows why Shakespeare has mattered for four hundred years, and why he still matters today.

The Winnowing Fan

The Winnowing Fan

Verse-Essays in Creative Criticism

  • Author: Christopher Norris
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1474236332
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 192
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This path-breaking book explores different ways in which writing about poetry can deepen and extend our critical engagement by deploying creatively the manifold resources of poetic language and form. Through a series of verse-essays, reflective monologues, and inventive variations on topics in literary theory The Winnowing Fan makes a strong case for revising received ideas about the scope and limits of criticism. Norris's poems traverse the full range of European poetic history from Homer's Odyssey, through the work of French symbolists such as Mallarmé, to modern writers such as Yeats, Benjamin, Heaney, Larkin, and Barthes. There are also verse-essays and shorter pieces on philosophers from Hume and Leibniz to Heidegger, Althusser, Derrida, de Man, Rorty, Deleuze, Badiou, and Agamben. In each case Norris seeks to free criticism from conventional academic forms and return it to an active mutual engagement with the practice of literature itself.

Nutshell

Nutshell

A Novel

  • Author: Ian McEwan
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0385542089
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 208
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New from the bestselling author of Atonement and The Children Act Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home—a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse—but John's not there. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb. Told from a perspective unlike any other, Nutshell is a classic tale of murder and deceit from one of the world’s master storytellers. From the Hardcover edition.

Ceaseless Music

Ceaseless Music

Sounding Wordsworth’s The Prelude

  • Author: Steven Matthews
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 1474232817
  • Category: Poetry
  • Page: 208
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Through a series of poetic responses and critical reflections, Ceaseless Music explores the afterlives of Wordsworth's landmark autobiographical poem The Prelude in literature, philosophy and life writing, together with the insights it can offer into the writing of poetry today. Beginning with an exploration of the poem's genesis, from draft versions found in Wordsworth's notebooks onwards, the book goes on to sound out The Prelude's radical versions of selfhood through its attention to the 'musics' of place and of experience. The scope of the book ranges from biographical writings, to American literature and philosophy, neuroscience, musicology, and British and American poetries. The reader will discover new creative work in various modes, together with many re-echoings of Wordworth's text in later writers, across history, and from across the globe.

Sketches, Criticisms, Etc

Sketches, Criticisms, Etc

  • Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Criticism
  • Page: 669
  • View: 4633
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