Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare: A Marxist Study
Verso, 17. 4. 1996 - Počet stran: 296
The seventeenth century saw the brief flowering of tragic drama in western Europe as a whole and in England in particular. It was, argues Victor Kiernan, the artistic expression of the consciousness of change which permeated every aspect of life during this period.
In this companion volume to Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen Kiernan sets out to rescue Shakespearean studies from the increasingly solipsistic terrain of literary criticism, focusing instead on historical location as a means to understanding Shakespeare’s writing. Kiernan contends that the deep and accelerating changes in economy and society, brought about by the development of modern capitalism, drew the underlying tragic tensions of the History plays to the forefront.
Other writers were feeling similar influences and across Western Europe, especially in France and Spain, tragic drama became a popular form. Kiernan shows how England’s supremacy in this genre was both a mirror and a result of the profound nature of its social and economic development and the uncertainty and anxiety which it created.
Opening with a sketch of the progress of the theatre, Kiernan goes on to provide a portrait of Shakespeare as a professional. He then considers each of the eight tragedies from Julius Caesar to Coriolanus, drawing out their contrasts and recurring themes. In a final section he analyses the group as a whole and explores attitudes to the monarchy, political life, war, religion and philosophy and the relationship between the sexes.
Co říkají ostatní - Napsat recenzi
Na obvyklých místech jsme nenalezli žádné recenze.
The Condition of England
The Tragic Road
Julius Caesar 159899
King Lear 160506
Villains and Revengers
Man and Superman
Women and Men
Religion and Philosophy
Další vydání - Zobrazit všechny
action Antony appear become better bring Brutus called characters civil Claudius Cleopatra close comes common Coriolanus critic death drama duty early Elizabethan England English Europe fate father feel followed forces friends give growing Hamlet hand hero honour human individual interest Italy kill kind King King Lear Lady later Lear Lear's learned least leave less living look Macbeth madness mankind meaning mind monarchy moral murder nature never Octavius Othello past play poet political poor ready reason revenge Roman Rome royal rule says scene seems sense Shakespeare share shows side social society speak stage stand suffering talk tells things thought Timon tragedy tragic true turn wants whole wife woman women writer young