by Kiernan Ryan


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ISBN-13: 9780133555462
Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
Publication date: 08/23/1995
Pages: 165
Product dimensions: 5.41(w) x 8.41(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

KIERNAN RYAN is a leading Shakespearean critic with an international reputation. He is Professor of English at Royal Holloway and a Fellow of New Hall, Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition.- Acknowledgements.- Reinterpreting Shakespeare Today.- The Future of History: 1 and 2 Henry IV.- Shakespearean Tragedy: The Subversive Imagination.- Shakespearean Comedy and Romance: The Utopian Imagination.- 'Dreaming on things to come': Shakespeare and the Future of Criticism.- Notes.- Further Reading.- Index.

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From reviews of the first edition:'It is impossible to do justice to the compacted richness of Ryan's Study...The book is certainly a major contribution to Shakespeare studies.' - The Times

'Already acclaimed by leading Shakespearean critics, this book effects a timely reorientation of Shakespeare studies. With insight and accessibility, Ryan argues that literary criticism- both on the left and the right- has worked to fix Shakespeare as a political conservative. The reality, says Ryan, is that Shakespeare constantly pushes towards new dispensations and new liberties, which can be imagined in plays but not yet apprehended. A thrilling polemic.'The Guardian

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