Shakespeare's Late Plays: Pericles, Cymbeline, the Winter's Tale, the Tempest

Shakespeare's Late Plays: Pericles, Cymbeline, the Winter's Tale, the Tempest

by Nicholas Potter
     
 

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Shakespeare's late plays are a 'mixed bag' with a common theme: from the fiendishly jealous Leontes to the saintly Pericles; from the ineffectual Cymbeline to the omnipotent Prospero; from the 'sprites and goblins' of The Tempest to the famous bear of The Winter's Tale, the characters have excited wonder and contempt while the range of incident is almost

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Shakespeare's late plays are a 'mixed bag' with a common theme: from the fiendishly jealous Leontes to the saintly Pericles; from the ineffectual Cymbeline to the omnipotent Prospero; from the 'sprites and goblins' of The Tempest to the famous bear of The Winter's Tale, the characters have excited wonder and contempt while the range of incident is almost irresponsibly extravagant. Was Shakespeare losing his grip, or his interest, or both? Was he striking out in some bold new theatrical direction?

This Guide provides a critical survey of the major debates and issues surrounding the late plays, from the earliest published accounts to the present day. Nicholas Potter offers a clear guiding narrative and an exploration of literary history, focusing on how criticism of these remarkable works, and attempts to make sense of them, have developed over the years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230200500
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Series:
Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.58(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

NICHOLAS POTTER is Principal Lecturer in English at Swansea Metropolitan University, UK. His previous publications include volumes on Othello and Antony and Cleopatra in the Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism series.

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