Shakespeare's Last Plays: Essays in Literature and Politics

Shakespeare's Last Plays: Essays in Literature and Politics

by Stephen W. Smith
     
 
What were Shakespeare's final thoughts on history, tragedy, and comedy? Shakespeare's Last Plays focuses much needed scholarly attention on Shakespeare's "Late Romances." The work—a collection of newly commissioned essays by leading scholars of classical political philosophy and literature—offers careful textual analysis of Pericles, Prince of Tyre,

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What were Shakespeare's final thoughts on history, tragedy, and comedy? Shakespeare's Last Plays focuses much needed scholarly attention on Shakespeare's "Late Romances." The work—a collection of newly commissioned essays by leading scholars of classical political philosophy and literature—offers careful textual analysis of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, All is True, and The Two Noble Kinsmen. The essays reveal how Shakespeare's thought in these final works compliments, challenges, fulfills, or transforms previously held conceptions of the playwright and his political-philosophical views.

Editorial Reviews

Eva Brann
This collection will be really helpful to those who have grappled in capitvated puzzlement with Shakespeare's late plays. The Catholic sensibility; the philospher's heroism of his stand-in, Prospero; the reconciliation of tragic and comic outcomes; the restorative power of art; the deformation of the plays in postmodern theory—these themes are just a sample of the scope and variety of these esays.
Catherine H. Zuckert
This volume contains essays by some of the world's leading students of Shakespearean politics on his last 'problem' plays. It is a must read for anyone who wishes to partake of Shakespeare's political wisdom—or simply to understand the plays themselves!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739103616
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 9.14(h) x 0.94(d)

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Catherine H. Zuckert
This volume contains essays by some of the world's leading students of Shakespearean politics on his last 'problem' plays. It is a must read for anyone who wishes to partake of Shakespeare's political wisdom—or simply to understand the plays themselves!
Eva Brann
This collection will be really helpful to those who have grappled in capitvated puzzlement with Shakespeare's late plays. The Catholic sensibility; the philospher's heroism of his stand-in, Prospero; the reconciliation of tragic and comic outcomes; the restorative power of art; the deformation of the plays in postmodern theory—these themes are just a sample of the scope and variety of these esays.

Meet the Author

Stephen W. Smith is Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale College. Travis Curtright is Assistant Director of the Center for Thomas More Studies at the University of Dallas.

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