Disowning Knowledge: In Seven Plays of Shakespeare / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $23.43
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 33%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $23.43   
  • New (9) from $23.98   
  • Used (6) from $23.43   


Reissued with a new preface and a new essay on Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Coriolanius, Hamlet and The Winter's Tale, this famous collection of essays on Shakespeare's tragedies considers the plays as responses to the crisis of knowledge and the emergence of modern skepticism.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Cavell's essays on Shakespeare—deep, intellectually tenacious, and humane meditations on the nature of artistic genius—are thrilling and essential reading. They illuminate the relation between skepticism and theater, transform the language of literary criticism, and heighten the ethical significance of aesthetic response." Stephen Greenblatt, Professor of Literature, University of California, Berkeley

"These beautiful essays on Shakespeare, lucid, complicated, and deeply moving, are unique in recent criticism for the conversation they forge between philosophy and literature. Unified by the twin themes of knowledge and acknowledgement...the volume brings together some of the most remarkable literary essays in modern scholarship. To his now famous readings of six plays of Shakespeare, Cavell now adds a stunning new piece on Macbeth, containing complicated meditations about gender, sexuality, and humanity." Martha Nussbaum

"These insightful essays, the first of which was writter in 1969, remain immediate and relevant...." Choice

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521529204
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Edition description: Updated Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Preface to the Updated Edition
1 Introduction 1
2 The Avoidance of Love: A Reading of King Lear 39
3 Othello and the Stake of the Other 125
4 Coriolanus and Interpretations of Politics 143
5 Hamlet's Burden of Proof 179
6 Recounting Gains, Showing Losses: Reading The Winter's Tale 193
7 Macbeth Appalled 223
Index of Names and Titles 251
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)