The Generation of Caliban

The Generation of Caliban

by Jonathan Goldberg
     
 

In his University of British Columbia Sedgewick lecture for 2001, Professor Jonathan Goldberg explores the ways in which contemporary writers and critics have identified with Shakespeare's figure of Caliban in his play The Tempest as a means of exploring the relationship of the colonized to the colonizer. Examining the work of the great Barbadian novelist

Overview

In his University of British Columbia Sedgewick lecture for 2001, Professor Jonathan Goldberg explores the ways in which contemporary writers and critics have identified with Shakespeare's figure of Caliban in his play The Tempest as a means of exploring the relationship of the colonized to the colonizer. Examining the work of the great Barbadian novelist and critic George Lamming and others, Goldberg details the various ways in which contemporary writers have re-interpreted Caliban and the language imposed on him. The readings of The Tempest offered by Lamming and others (including Sylvia Wynter and Michelle Cliff), Goldberg suggests, invite us to return to Shakespeare's play and to see in it new possibilities. Included also in the pamphlet are a number of black and white illustrations of Caliban, dating from a 1736 Hogarth to present-day stage representations, and a portrait of George Lamming.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780921870937
Publisher:
Ronsdale Press
Publication date:
01/17/2002
Series:
Garnett Sedgewick Memorial Lecture Series, #2001
Pages:
36
Product dimensions:
5.67(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Goldberg is Sir William Osler Professor of English Literature at the Johns Hopkins University. The author of seven books, he is known for his work in the Renaissance with such volumes as Endlesse Worke: Spenser and the Structures of Discourse (Johns Hopkins, 1981) as well as for his research on the connections between the Renaissance, Postmodernism and Queer Studies in books such as Voice Terminal Echo: Postmodernism and English Renaissance Texts (Methuen, 1986) and Sodometries: Renaissance Texts, Modern Sexualities (Stanford, 1992). He is also the editor of Queering the Renaissance (Duke, 1994) and Reclaiming Sodom (Routledge, 1994).

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