Shakespeare's Mortal Men: Overcoming Death in History, Comedy and Tragedy by Patricia L. Carlin, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Shakespeare's Mortal Men: Overcoming Death in History, Comedy and Tragedy

Shakespeare's Mortal Men: Overcoming Death in History, Comedy and Tragedy

by Patricia L. Carlin
     
 

This study argues compellingly that the wish to confront and master death is a key shaping force of individual plays, of Shakespeare's genres, and of his work as a whole. Focusing on Richard II, Henry IV Part One and Part Two, and Henry V, the book shows how these plays of the 1590's reflect the transition from a feudal to an early modern

Overview

This study argues compellingly that the wish to confront and master death is a key shaping force of individual plays, of Shakespeare's genres, and of his work as a whole. Focusing on Richard II, Henry IV Part One and Part Two, and Henry V, the book shows how these plays of the 1590's reflect the transition from a feudal to an early modern society. New cultural conditions necessitated new psychological and theatrical strategies for dealing with death, strategies enacted by characters within plays, by whole plays, and by genre itself. Love's Labor's Lost and Romeo and Juliet illustrate key strategies operative throughout Shakespeare's comedies and tragedies. This book offers fresh insight into individual plays. It also casts new light on the nature and function of Shakespearean genre, and on the development of the canon as a whole.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
«This book is a learned and sensitive exploration of the life-death contradiction and the ways in which cultures develop strategies for dealing with it. Shakespeare's plays provide a model of the way in which theatre and art are used to deal with the 'death-problem,' accommodating death in tragedy, assimilating it in comedy.» (Alvin Kernan, Princeton University)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820415635
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1993
Series:
Studies in Shakespeare Series, #1
Pages:
250

Meet the Author

The Author: Patricia L. Carlin received her Ph.D. from Princeton University. She has taught at Princeton and Vassar, and is currently a member of the faculty at the New School for Social Research. Her previous publications include book and play reviews, and poetry.

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