Coming-to-Know: Recognition and the Compex Plot in Shakespeare / Edition 1

Coming-to-Know: Recognition and the Compex Plot in Shakespeare / Edition 1

by Barry B. Adams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820444111

ISBN-13: 9780820444116

Pub. Date: 01/01/2000

Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing Inc.

While there is no reason to think that Shakespeare was acquainted with Aristotle’s Poetics, a surprisingly large number of his plays display a feature that Aristotle insisted was of paramount importance in creating dramatic plots of the highest order. He called this feature anagnôrisis, which is usually rendered into English as either

Overview

While there is no reason to think that Shakespeare was acquainted with Aristotle’s Poetics, a surprisingly large number of his plays display a feature that Aristotle insisted was of paramount importance in creating dramatic plots of the highest order. He called this feature anagnôrisis, which is usually rendered into English as either «recognition» or «discovery». Although frequently identified by modern literary critics with self-knowledge or self-awareness, it may be legitimately applied to a wide range of formal as well as thematic considerations. This study adopts Aristotle’s anagnôrisis as an analytical tool that isolates recurring features of Shakespeare’s plays and explores their artistic function and significance. As it happens, 15 of the 18 plays customarily classified as comedies or romances make a sufficiently conspicuous use of the device to warrant the label «recognition» play, and these constitute the special object of the present investigation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820444116
Publisher:
Peter Lang Publishing Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2000
Series:
Studies in Shakespeare, #10
Pages:
273
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Notes10
Chapter 1Aristotle's Complex Plot13
Notes66
Chapter 2Five Early Comedies73
Notes113
Chapter 3Five Middle Comedies115
Notes152
Chapter 4Three Problem Comedies155
Notes174
Chapter 5Five Late Romances177
Notes213
Chapter 6Conclusion217
Notes242
Works Cited245
Index269

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