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'The Tempest' in Context

'The Tempest' in Context

Sin, Repentance and Forgiveness

  • Author: Keith Linley
  • Publisher: Anthem Press
  • ISBN: 178308376X
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 288
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This engaging book provides detailed in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1611 would have brought to interpreting ‘The Tempest’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, parenting and family dynamics, court corruption, class tensions, the concept of tragi-comedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a world attempting to come to terms with capitalism and colonialism while re-addressing the nature of rule.

Understanding The Tempest

Understanding The Tempest

A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

  • Author: Faith Nostbakken
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780313328732
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 195
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While "The Tempest" has always been one of Shakespeare's most entertaining and enchanting plays, it continues to stir up passionate debate throughout the world because of its ideas and attitudes toward race, class, political power, and colonialism. This casebook systematically examines these issues, as well as several others, from dramatic and historical perspectives and through parallel contemporary applications. Readers are first introduced to the play with a dramatic analysis that situates the work within Shakespeare's canon and within the romantic tradition. This fresh interpretation also casts much light on the use of imagery and language in setting, character, and thematic development. This casebook draws on the themes and issues introduced, and examines each one in turn with insightful original essays and primary documents. The shipwreck that sets the play in motion is examined in terms of the discovery of the new world, and the prevailing attitudes toward colonialism. A brief chronology of New World events helps situate the historical excerpts. Another intriguing topic explored in the casebook is the diverging Elizabethan views on science and religion, with a particular focus on the role of magic. Primary documents that help readers appreciate the significance of matters of sorcery and the supernatural include excerpts from Reginald Scott's 1584 "The Discovery of Witchcraft, " James I's "Demonology" (1597) as well as Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus." Other topic chapters examine political power and treachery, as well as society in terms of marriage and the court. A full chapter is also devoted to performance and interpretation of the play. The final Contemporary Applications section investigates current global concerns that parallel those in the play, and help readers appreciate Shakespeare's play in relation to the world around us. Readers are shown dramatically contrasting perspectives on colonialism in Zimbawe. The casebook concludes with a fascinating discussion of the parallel elements of fantasy in "The Tempest" and in literary works by popular contemporary writers J.R.R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling. Understanding "The Tempest" follows the successful casebook format developed specifically for the "Literature in Context" series. Following a dramatic analysis, each topic chapter presents an important historical issue in the play, with insightful narrative essays supported by primary documents. In several chapters, brief chronologies of significant related events help readers understand the historical context of the play and its thematic concerns. As a tool for student research and classroom work, educators will appreciate the numerous topics for written and oral discussion suggested at the conclusion of each unit. Suggested readings further complement the content and research applications of the casebook.

Ezra Pound in Context

Ezra Pound in Context

  • Author: Ira B. Nadel
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1139492675
  • Category: Literary Criticism
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Long at the centre of the modernist project, from editing Eliot's The Waste Land to publishing Joyce, Pound has also been a provocateur and instigator of new movements, while initiating a new poetics. This is the first volume to summarize and analyze the multiple contexts of Pound's work, underlining the magnitude of his contribution and drawing on new archival, textual and theoretical studies. Pound's political and economic ideas also receive attention. With its concentration on the contexts of history, sociology, aesthetics and politics, the volume will provide a portrait of Pound's unusually international reach: an American-born, modern poet absorbing the cultures of England, France, Italy and China. These essays situate Pound in the social and material realities of his time and will be invaluable for students and scholars of Pound and modernism.

'King Lear' in Context

'King Lear' in Context

The Cultural Background

  • Author: Keith Linley
  • Publisher: Anthem Press
  • ISBN: 1783083743
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 306
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This engaging book provides in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1606 would have brought to interpreting ‘King Lear’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, parenting and family dynamics, court corruption, class tensions, the literary profile of the time, the concept of tragedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a disintegrating world in free fall.

Renaissance Poetry and Drama in Context

Renaissance Poetry and Drama in Context

Essays for Christopher Wortham

  • Author: Andrew Lynch,Anne Scott
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • ISBN: 1443808407
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 365
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Renaissance Poetry and Drama in Context is a stimulating refereed collection of new work dedicated to Emeritus Professor Christopher Wortham of The University of Western Australia. The essays provide a rich context for the interdisciplinary study of the English Renaissance, from its medieval antecedents to its modern afterlife on stage and screen. Their up-to-date engagement with many scholarly fields - art and iconography, cartography, cultural and social history, literature, politics, theatre, and film - will ensure that this book makes a valuable contribution to contemporary Renaissance studies, with a special interest for those researching and teaching English literature and drama. The nineteen contributors include distinguished Renaissance scholars such as Ann Blake, Graham Bradshaw, Alan Brissenden, Conal Condren, Joost Daalder, Heather Dubrow, Philippa Kelly, Anthony Miller, Kay Gililand Stevenson, Robert White, and Lawrence Wright. Work on Shakespeare forms the core of this coherent collection. There are also significant essays on Magnificence, Donne, Marlowe, A Yorkshire Tragedy, Jonson, Marvell, the Ferrars of Little Gidding, and female conduct literature. hardbound with dust jacket; xii+353 pp; 18 b/w illustrations.

'Antony and Cleopatra' in Context

'Antony and Cleopatra' in Context

The Politics of Passion

  • Author: Keith Linley
  • Publisher: Anthem Press
  • ISBN: 1783083786
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 266
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This engaging book provides in-depth discussion of the various influences that an audience in 1607 would have brought to interpreting ‘Antony and Cleopatra’. How did people think about the world, about God, about sin, about kings, about civilized conduct? Learn about the social hierarchy, gender relationships, court corruption, class tensions, the literary profile of the time, the concept of tragedy – and all the subversions, transgressions, and oppositions that made the play an unsettling picture of a disintegrating world lost through passion and machination.

Shakespeare's Caliban

Shakespeare's Caliban

A Cultural History

  • Author: Alden T. Vaughan,Virginia Mason Vaughan
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521458177
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 290
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Shakespeare's Caliban examines The Tempest's "savage and deformed slave" as a fascinating but ambiguous literary creation with a remarkably diverse history. The authors, one a historian and the other a Shakespearean, explore the cultural background of Caliban's creation in 1611 and his disparate metamorphoses to the present time.

Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century England

Writing and Political Engagement in Seventeenth-Century England

  • Author: Derek Hirst,Richard Strier
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521100304
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 252
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This volume, first published in 2000, illuminates the complex issues of 'public' and 'private', 'art' and 'conscience' in the period.

Joseph Conrad in Context

Joseph Conrad in Context

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The Tempest

The Tempest

Third Series

  • Author: William Shakespeare,Virginia Mason Vaughan,Alden T. Vaughan
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA
  • ISBN: 9781903436073
  • Category: Drama
  • Page: 366
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The Tempest has long dazzled readers and audiences with its intricate blend of magic, music, humour, intrigue and tenderness, its vibrant but ambiguous central characters. As Virginia and Alden Vaughan show, in their wide-ranging new edition of this established favourite, such antithetical extremes exemplify the playÂ's endlessly arguable nature, its appeal to diverse eras and cultures. The Vaughans situate The Tempest at the centre of changing cultural attitudes towards colonialism, power politics and patriarchal hierarchies, and demonstrate how the play both shaped and reflected those changing attitudes. Informed by the concerns of a post-colonial international community, their edition emphasizes the play's world-wide cultural appropriation, and includes an extensive discussion of the play's after-life as well as an appendix of selected appropriations. The interdisciplinary editorial approach contributes a distinctively blended cultural and historical focus. Â'The Vaughans have provided a valuable new edition of the play, one whose expanded contextualisation, especially, will contribute to The TempestÂ's lively and varied afterlife both within and beyond the classroom.Â' Barbara Fuchs, University of Washington, Seattle, Shakespeare Quarterly