Revelation in Shakespeare

a study of the supernatural, religious and spiritual elements in his art

Author: Robert William Sigismund Mendl

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 223

View: 3216


Apocalyptic Shakespeare

Essays on Visions of Chaos and Revelation in Recent Film Adaptations

Author: Melissa Croteau,Carolyn Jess-Cooke

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786453516

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

View: 9107

This collection of essays examines the ways in which recent Shakespeare films portray anxieties about an impending global wasteland, technological alienation, spiritual destruction, and the effects of globalization. Films covered include Titus, William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Almereyda’s Hamlet, Revengers Tragedy, Twelfth Night, The Passion of the Christ, Radford’s The Merchant of Venice, The Lion King, and Godard’s King Lear, among others that directly adapt or reference Shakespeare. Essays chart the apocalyptic mise-en-scènes, disorienting imagery, and topsy-turvy plots of these films, using apocalypse as a theoretical and thematic lens.

Biblical References in Shakespeare's Plays

Author: Naseeb Shaheen

Publisher: University of Delaware

ISBN: 1611493730

Category: Bibles

Page: 880

View: 2278

This volume provides a comprehensive survey of the English Bibles of Shakespeare's day, notes their similarities and differences, and indicates which version the playwright knew best. The biblical references in each of Shakespeare's plays are then carefully analyzed, as are Shakespeare's references to the Prayer Book and the homilies. The thorny question of what constitutes a valid biblical reference is also discussed.

William Shakespeare Portrayed by Himself: A Revelation of the Poet in the Career and Character of One of His Own Dramatic Heroes

Author: Robert Waters

Publisher: Palala Press

ISBN: 9781377709987

Category: History

Page: 360

View: 7813

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.

Inheritance Law and Political Theology in Shakespeare and Milton

Election and Grace as Constitutional in Early Modern Literature and Beyond

Author: Joseph S. Jenkins

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131711664X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 8762

Reading God's will and a man's Last Will as ideas that reinforce one another, this study shows the relevance of England's early modern crisis, regarding faith in the will of God, to current debates by legal academics on the theory of property and its succession. The increasing power of the dead under law in the US, the UK, and beyond-a concern of recent volumes in law and social sciences-is here addressed through a distinctive approach based on law and humanities. Vividly treating literary and biblical battles of will, the book suggests approaches to legal constitution informed by these dramas and by English legal history. This study investigates correlations between the will of God in Judeo-Christian traditions and the Last Wills of humans, especially dominant males, in cultures where these traditions have developed. It is interdisciplinary, in the sense that it engages with the limits of several fields: it is informed by humanities critical theory, especially Benjaminian historical materialism and Lacanian psychoanalysis, but refrains from detailed theoretical considerations. Dramatic narratives from the Bible, Shakespeare, and Milton are read as suggesting real possibilities for alternative inheritance (i.e., constitutional) regimes. As Jenkins shows, these texts propose ways to alleviate violence, violence both personal and political, through attention to inheritance law.

Shakespeare's Mystery Play

The Opening of the Globe Theatre 1599

Author: Steve Sohmer

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719055669

Category: Drama

Page: 292

View: 3440

Through considerable detective work, this work sets out to show that Julius Caeser was the first play performed at the new Globe Theatre on 12 June 1599. Drawing on many areas of expertise, which are rarely allied in Shakespeare scholarship to such an extent, including biblical, liturgical, social and theatrical history, the author sheds new light not only on Julius Caeser but on a variety of accepted beliefs. These include: why Hamlet was not crowned king when his father died; why Brutus would not swear to murder Caeser; why the Elizabethan authorities retained the Julian calender; and why the orthodox dates of the first composition of both Twelfth Night and Hamlet can be called into question.

The Bible in Shakespeare

Author: Hannibal Hamlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199677611

Category: Drama

Page: 378

View: 5105

"This book is about allusions to the Bible in Shakespeare's plays. It argues that such allusions are frequent, deliberate, and significant, and that the study of these allusions is repaid by a deeper understanding of the plays." - Introduction.

Russian Essays on Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

Author: Aleksandr Tikhonovich Parfenov,Joseph G. Price

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874136197

Category: Drama

Page: 209

View: 625

Throughout his career, from the early play Love's Labour's Lost to one of his last romances, The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare was intrigued by Russia. Reciprocating that intrigue over the last few centuries, Russia, as so many other countries, has claimed Shakespeare as its own. The essays in this book represent the work of Russian and Ukrainian scholars from three different perspectives: explaining the plays to Russian audiences, discussing Russian theater for Western audiences, and dealing with contemporary criticism.

Shakespeare's Revelation

His Hidden Key to Spiritual Fulfilment

Author: Paul Hunting

Publisher: Trueself Publishing

ISBN: 9780995537002

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 6538

Possibly the most important, most challenging, most illuminating breakthrough in understanding Shakespeare's plays and ourselves - ever! Paul Hunting, master cryptographer, unveils the true hidden meaning of Shakespeare's poetic images and transforms the entire works into a profound spiritual message for all mankind.

Acting and Action in Shakespearean Tragedy

Author: Michael Goldman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400854806

Category: Drama

Page: 194

View: 1784

This intensely personal book develops a new approach to the study of action in drama. Michael Goldman eloquently applies a method based on a crucial fact: our experience of a play in the theater is almost exclusively our experience of acting. Originally published in 1985. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Shame in Shakespeare

Author: Ewan Fernie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134514603

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 3171

One of the most intense and painful of our human passions, shame is typically seen in contemporary culture as a disability or a disease to be cured. Shakespeare's ultimately positive portrayal of the emotion challenges this view. Drawing on philosophers and theorists of shame, Shame in Shakespeare analyses the shame and humiliation suffered by the tragic hero, providing not only a new approach to Shakespeare but a committed and provocative argument for reclaiming shame. The volume provides: · an account of previous traditions of shame and of the Renaissance context · a thematic map of the rich manifestations of both masculine and feminine shame in Shakespeare · detailed readings of Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear · an analysis of the limitations of Roman shame in Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus · a polemical discussion of the fortunes of shame in modern literature after Shakespeare. The book presents a Shakespearean vision of shame as the way to the world outside the self. It establishes the continued vitality and relevance of Shakespeare and offers a fresh and exciting way of seeing his tragedies.

Shakespeare's Speaking Properties

Author: Frances N. Teague

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838752081

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 222

View: 4975

This book is the first attempt to discuss systematically the properties in Shakespeare's plays, and analyzes the properties that Shakespeare specifies either explicitly in stage directions or implicitly in speeches. Property lists for all of Shakespeare's plays and frequency tables for various categories of property are included.

The Disguised Ruler in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

Author: Dr Kevin A Quarmby

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409479234

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

View: 2982

In the early seventeenth century, the London stage often portrayed a ruler covertly spying on his subjects. Traditionally deemed 'Jacobean disguised ruler plays', these works include Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Marston's The Malcontent and The Fawn, Middleton's The Phoenix, and Sharpham's The Fleer. Commonly dated to the arrival of James I, these plays are typically viewed as synchronic commentaries on the Jacobean regime. Kevin A. Quarmby demonstrates that the disguised ruler motif actually evolved in the 1580s. It emerged from medieval folklore and balladry, Tudor Chronicle history and European tragicomedy. Familiar on the Elizabethan stage, these incognito rulers initially offered light-hearted, romantic entertainment, only to suffer a sinister transformation as England awaited its ageing queen's demise. The disguised royal had become a dangerously voyeuristic political entity by the time James assumed the throne. Traditional critical perspectives also disregard contemporary theatrical competition. Market demands shaped the repertories. Rivalry among playing companies guaranteed the motif's ongoing vitality. The disguised ruler's presence in a play reassured audiences; it also facilitated a subversive exploration of contemporary social and political issues. Gradually, the disguised ruler's dramatic currency faded, but the figure remained vibrant as an object of parody until the playhouses closed in the 1640s.

John Florio: The Life of an Italian in Shakespeare's England

Author: Frances A. Yates

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521170745

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 374

View: 9740

John Florio is best known to the present day for his great translation of Montaigne's Essays. To his contemporaries he was one of the most conspicuous figures of the literary and social cliques of the time. By her reconstruction of Florio's life and character, Frances Yates' 1934 text throws light upon the vexed question of his relations with Shakespeare.

Who's Who in Shakespeare

A Dictionary of Characters and Proper Names

Author: Francis Griffin Stokes

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 048612178X

Category: Drama

Page: 384

View: 6220

DIVAn indispensable dictionary of characters and names with over 3,000 entries, this volume covers all 36 of the Bard's plays, in addition to his poems and sonnets. /div

Magic in the Web

Action and Language in Othello

Author: Robert B. Heilman

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813163048

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

View: 9935

In his earlier work on King Lear, Mr. Heilman combined a number of critical procedures to form a new and important approach to Shakespearian criticism. His study of Othello displays the maturity of insight and skill in analysis the years have brought him in developing his critical method. Mr. Heilman takes account of stage effects; he traces out literal and symbolic meanings; he analyzes plot relationships; he examines characters in terms of both their psychological and their moral situations, and style in relation to both character and meaning. He traces some effects due to historical meanings which have now been lost by certain words, and he tries to measure the impact of the drama upon, and its significance for, the modern consciousness. Mr. Heilman argues that Othello is at once "a play about love" and "a poem about love," and endeavors to find out how the poetry modifies and even helps determine the nature of the whole. He looks at numerous aspects of "action" (physical activity, psychological movement, intellectual operations) and "language" (speech habits, image types, recurrency in both literal and figurative language), and examines the essentially "dramatic" function of all of these. He finds the dramatis personae interwoven in relationships which may be seen, from one point of view, as "plot" and, from another, as the embodiment of complex themes. He treats Othello and Iago as figures that are not only fitted to a given stage but also represent permanent aspects of humanity-Iago with his "strategies against the spiritual order" and Othello with his "readiness in the victim."