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Shakespearean Tragedy

Author : A.C. Bradley
ISBN : 8171563805
Genre : English drama (Tragedy)
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In This Book Bradley Approaches The Major Tragedies Of Shakespeare Through An Extended Study Of The Characters, Who Were Presented As Personalities Independent Of Their Place In The Plays. Though His Approach Has Been Questioned Since The 1930S, The Work Is Considered A Classical Masterpiece And Is Still Widely Read.The Book Studies In Detail Four Tragedies Of Shakespeare, Namely, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear And Macbeth. But Much That Is Said On The Main Preliminary Subjects Holds Good, Within Certain Limits, Of Other Dramas Of Shakespeare. Of Course, It Will Apply To These Other Works Only In Part, And To Some Of Them More Fully Than To Others.
Category: English drama (Tragedy)

Shakespearean Tragedy And Gender

Author : Shirley Nelson Garner
ISBN : 0253210275
Genre : Drama
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"... an important volume for scholar and student alike, and a tribute to the enduring contributions of its authors." —Renaissance Quarterly "These thought-provoking essays run the gamut of feminist criticism on tragedy." —Shakespeare Quarterly "Highly recommended... " —Choice These essays mount a powerful critique of the tragic hero as representative of the errors and sufferings of humankind. They come from a variety of perspectives—including feminist new historicism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, and autobiographical criticism. While considering Shakespeare's earliest attempts at tragedy in ÂRichard III and ÂTitus Andronicus, this volume also covers the major tragic period, giving special attention to ÂOthello.
Category: Drama

Fools Of Time

Author : Northrop Frye
ISBN : 0802062156
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In the Alexander Lectures for 1965-66 at the University of Toronto, Dr. Frye describes the basis of the tragic vision as "being in time," in which death as "the essential event that gives shape and form to life ... defines the individual, and marks him off from the continuity of life that flows indefinitely between the past and the future." In Dr. Frye's view, three general types can be distinguished in Shakespearean tragedy, the tragedy of order, the tragedy of passion, and the tragedy of isolation, in all of which a pattern of "being in time" shapes the action. In the first type, of which Julius Caesar, Macbeth, and Hamlet are examples, a strong ruler is killed, replaced by a rebel-figure, and avenged by a nemesis-figure; in the second, represented by Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Troilus and Cressida, authority is split and the hero is destroyed by a conflict between social and personal loyalties; and in the third, Othello, King Lear, and Timon of Athens, the central figure is cut off from his world, largely as a result of his failure to comprehend the dynamics of that world. What all these plays show us, Dr. Frye maintains, is "the impact of heroic energy on the human situation" with the result that the "heroic is normally destroyed ... and the human situation goes on surviving." Fools of Time will be welcomed not only by many scholars who are familiar with Dr. Frye's keen critical insight but also by undergraduates, graduates, high-school and university teachers who have long valued his work as a means toward a firmer grasp and deeper understanding of English literature.
Category: Literary Criticism

Music In Shakespearean Tragedy

Author : F W Sternfeld
ISBN : 9781136569166
Genre : Literary Criticism
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First published in 1963. When originally published this book was the first to treat at full length the contribution which music makes to Shakespeare's great tragedies, among them Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear. Here the playwright's practices are studied in conjunction with those of his contemporaries: Marlowe and Jonson, Marston and Chapman. From these comparative assessments there emerges the method that is peculiar to Shakespeare: the employment of song and instrumental music to a degree hitherto unknown, and their use as an integral part of the dramatic structure.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Oxford Handbook Of Shakespearean Tragedy

Author : Michael Neill
ISBN : 9780198724193
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This handbook brings together 54 essays by scholars from all parts of the world. It offers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Shakespeare tragedies as both works of literature and as performance texts, written by a playwright who was himself an experienced actor.
Category: Literary Criticism

Shakespeare S Tragedy Of Hamlet

Author : William Shakespeare
ISBN : UOM:39015076335200
Genre : Hamlet (Legendary character)
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Category: Hamlet (Legendary character)

Shakespearean Tragedy

Author : A. Bradley
ISBN : 9780141910840
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A.C. Bradley put Shakespeare on the map for generations of readers and students for whom the plays might not otherwise have become "real" at all' writes John Bayley in his foreword to this edition of Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. Approaching the tragedies as drama, wondering about their characters as he might have wondered about people in novels or in life, Bradley is one of the most liberating in the line of distinguished Shakespeare critics. His acute yet undogmatic and almost conversational critical method has—despite fluctuations in fashion—remained enduringly popular and influential. For, as John Bayley observes, these lectures give us a true and exhilarating sense of 'the tragedies joining up with life, with all our lives; leading us into a perspective of possibilities that stretch forward and back in time, and in our total awareness of things.
Category: Literary Criticism

Metaphoric Resonance In Shakespearean Tragedy

Author : Myron Stagman
ISBN : 9781443816182
Genre : Literary Criticism
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An occasional prefigurement and echo was hardly unknown before Shakespeare. But the vast echoism—continuing forward and backward references—utilized in certain Shakespearean tragedies, was rare if unknown before him. Who, even now, does this? Two examples of messages conveyed via metaphoric resonance: (1) an element of the weight metaphoric trail in Coriolanus: The protagonist says scornfully to the Citizens in the first Act: He that depends upon your favours swims with fins of lead. In the second Act, Coriolanus more cautiously, deceptively, remarks to the plebeians' tribune Brutus: Your people, I love them as they weigh. The full import of this statement would be lost without knowledge of the metaphoric resonance, which tells us he is not impartial. (2) Richard II, Act II, scene 1: John of Gaunt begins his famous prophesying-and-punning speech to King Richard: “O, how [my] name fits my composition! ... gaunt in being old. ... and therein fasting, hast thou made me gaunt. Gaunt am I for the grave, gaunt as a grave.” Shakespeare set up other prophesies in the play with this one by John of Gaunt. Thus, in the fourth scene of Act II, a Captain declares, “And lean-look'd prophets whisper fearful change.” The playwright has been criticized for having Gaunt pun at such a time, but name a better way for the playful Shakespeare to tip off the audience to a shrewdly resonant “lean-look'd prophets” two scenes away.
Category: Literary Criticism

Shakespearean Tragedy

Author : D. F. Bratchell
ISBN : 9781134967087
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This volume reflects changing critical perceptions of Shakespeare's works from Renaissance to modern times and celebrates the power of Shakespearean tragedy. The selection of critical reaction covers both the general concept of Shakespearean tragedy and its expression in the major plays, illustrating the main directions of critical approaches to Shakespearean tragedy and enabling the reader to develop an informed response to Shakespeare's dramatic works. An introductory chapter traces the development of the concept of tragedy from classical times, and its dramatic expression in the time of Shakespeare. Each of Shakespeare's great tragedies - Hamlet, Macbeth, Lear, and Othello - is considered in turn, and a final chapter summarizes contemporary critical approaches so that the reader can link the best of the critical past with the present critical scene.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Cambridge Companion To Shakespearean Tragedy

Author : Claire McEachern
ISBN : 0521793599
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Discusses the forms, contexts, and critical and theatrical issues associated with ten Shakespearean tragedies.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Heroic Idiom Of Shakespearean Tragedy

Author : James C. Bulman
ISBN : 0874132711
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Shakespeare's idiom is an aggregate of archaic modes of speech and codes of conduct. This book attempts to make that idiom more accessible and, in the process, to illuminate the significance of heroic concepts to a study of Shakespeare's tragedies and histories.
Category: Literary Criticism

Shakespearean Tragedy And Its Double

Author : Kent Cartwright
ISBN : 0271039639
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Why does Shakespearean tragedy continue to move spectators even though Elizabethan philosophical assumptions have faded from belief? Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double seeks answers in the moment-by-moment dynamics of performance and response, and the Shakespearean text signals those possibilities. Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double investigates the poetics of audience response. Approaching tragedy through the rhythms of spectatorial engagement and detachment ("aesthetic distance"), Kent Cartwright provides a performance-oriented and phenomenological perspective. Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double analyzes the development of the tragic audience as it oscillates between engagement--an immersion in narrative, character, and physical action--and detachment--a consciousness of its own comparative judgments, its doubts, and of acting and theatricality. Cartwright contends that the spectator emerges as a character implied and acted upon by the play. He supports his theory with close readings of individual plays from the perspective of a particular element of spectatorial response: the carnivalesque qualities of Romeo and Juliet; the rhythm of similitude, displacement, and wonder in the audience's relationships to Hamlet; aesthetic distance as scenic structure in Othello; the influence of secondary characters and ensemble acting on the Quarto King Lear; and spectatorship as action itself in Antony and Cleopatra. Shakespearean Tragedy and Its Double treats the dramatic moment in Shakespearean tragedy as uncommonly charged, various, indeterminate, always negotiating unpredictably between the necessary and the spontaneous. Cartwright argues that, for the audience, the very dynamism of tragedy confers a certain enfranchisement, and the spectator's experience emerges as analogous to, though different from, that of the protagonist. Through its own engagement and detachments the audience becomes the final performer creating the play's meaning.
Category: Literary Criticism