Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England

Spaces of Demonism, Divinity, and Drama

Author: Kristen Poole

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139497650

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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Bringing together recent scholarship on religion and the spatial imagination, Kristen Poole examines how changing religious beliefs and transforming conceptions of space were mutually informative in the decades around 1600. Supernatural Environments in Shakespeare's England explores a series of cultural spaces that focused attention on interactions between the human and the demonic or divine: the deathbed, purgatory, demonic contracts and their spatial surround, Reformation cosmologies and a landscape newly subject to cartographic surveying. It examines the seemingly incongruous coexistence of traditional religious beliefs and new mathematical, geometrical ways of perceiving the environment. Arguing that the late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century stage dramatized the phenomenological tension that resulted from this uneasy confluence, this groundbreaking study considers the complex nature of supernatural environments in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus and Shakespeare's Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth and The Tempest.

Shakespeare's use of the supernatural in Hamlet and Macbeth

Author: Merissa Bartlett

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3656609608

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 10

View: 546

Essay from the year 2013 in the subject English - History of Literature, Eras, grade: 80.00, Memorial University of Newfoundland, course: English 3200, language: English, abstract: Witchcraft and the supernatural has been a prevalent theme throughout theatre history, having many plays involving issues of witches, wizards, magic, ghosts, and other mysticisms. The world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare, who wrote during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, was definitely no stranger to otherworldly premises. The ghost of the old king in Hamlet and the Weird Sisters in Macbeth are central to the plays’ plots, they are a major force in determining the two heroes’ actions, form the plays’ opening scenes, and they are an important element in establishing the plays’ atmosphere.


Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Seltzer Books via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1455426369

Category: Drama

Page: 731

View: 9176

Die Shakespeare Tragödie, in Englisch, mit Zeilennummern, und übersetzt auf Deutsch von Dorothy Tieck. Laut Wikipedia: "Die Tragödie von Macbeth (allgemein Macbeth genannt) ist eine Tragödie von William Shakespeare über einen Mann, der Königsmord begeht und dann weitere Morde begeht, um seine Macht zu behalten. Das Spiel zeigt deutlich die korrumpierende Wirkung des Ehrgeizes Es geht aber auch um die Beziehung zwischen Grausamkeit und Männlichkeit, Tyrannei und Königtum, Verrat, Gewalt, Schuld, Prophetie und Störung der natürlichen Ordnung.

Das "supernatural element" in Shakespeares "Macbeth" und Marowitz' "A Macbeth"

Author: Ralf Hartmann

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3668147205

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 23

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 1997 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 1,0, Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Institut für englische Philologie), Veranstaltung: Hauptseminar: Charles Marowitz: Shakespeare im modernen Drama, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die vorliegende Arbeit will versuchen, die jeweilige Gestaltung des supernatural element in den beiden Macbeth-Dramen von William Shakespeare und Charles Marowitz zu vergleichen. Anders als manche Regisseure des Macbeth, die die Hexenszenen als überflüssig erachteten und deshalb kurzerhand strichen, hat Marowitz sie durchaus beibehalten, wenngleich er Veränderungen vornahm. Zudem wird deutlich werden, dass Marowitz in seiner modernen Version nicht die Erkenntnisse unserer Zeit berücksichtigt, sondern dass er in seiner Darstellung des Übernatürlichen auf sehr archaische Vorstellungen zurückgreift, die sich unter anderem auch in Shakespeares wichtigster Quelle für Macbeth, Raphael Holinsheds Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland aus dem Jahr 1577, finden.

Scare Quotes from Shakespeare

Marx, Keynes, and the Language of Reenchantment

Author: Martin Harries

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 9780804736213

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 209

View: 8853

This book argues that moments of allusion to the supernatural in Shakespeare are occasions where Karl Marx and John Maynard Keynes register the perseverance of haunted structures in modern culture. This "reenchantment," at the heart of modernity and of literary and political works central to our understanding of modernity, is the focus of this book. The author shows that allusion to supernatural moments in Shakespeare ("scare quotes") allows writers to both acknowledge and distance themselves from the supernatural phenomena that challenge their disenchanted understanding of the social world. He also uses these modern appropriations of Shakespeare as provocations to reread some of his works, notably Hamlet and Macbeth. Two pairs of linked chapters form the center of the book. One pair joins a reading of Marx, concentrating on The Eighteenth Brumaire, to Hamlet; the other links a reading of Keynes, focusing on The Economic Consequences of the Peace, to Macbeth. The chapters on Marx and Keynes trace some of the strange circuits of supernatural rhetoric in their work, Marx's use of ghosts and Keynes's fascination with witchcraft. The sequence linking Marx to Hamlet, for example, has as its anchor the Frankfurt School's concept of the phantasmagoria, the notion that it is in the most archaic that one encounters the figure of the new. Looking closely at Marx's association of the Ghost in Hamlet with the coming revolution in turn illuminates Hamlet's association of the Ghost with the supernatural beings many believed haunted mines. An opening chapter discusses Henry Dircks, a nineteenth-century English inventor who developed—and then lost his claim to—a phantasmagoria or machine to project ghosts on stage. Dircks resorted to magical rhetoric in response to his loss, which is emblematic for the book as a whole, charting ways the scare quote can, paradoxically, continue the work of enlightenment.

A Commentary on Shakespeare's Richard III

Author: Wolfgang Clemen

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415352796

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 247

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First published in 1968. Providing a detailed and rigorous analysis of Richard III, this Commentary reveals every nuance of meaning whilst maintaining a firm grasp on the structure of the play. The result is an outstanding lesson in the methodology of Shakespearian criticism as well as an essential study for students of the early plays of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare and the Outer Mystery

Author: Robert H. West

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813165113

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 216

View: 3677

Shakespeare has been viewed by critics both as a secular writer who affirmed the dual nature of man and as a Christian allegorist whose work has a submerged but positive and elaborate pattern of Christian meaning. In Shakespeare and the Outer Mystery, Robert H. West explores the philosophical and supernatural elements of five Shakespearean dramas -- Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and The Tempest. Through his analysis, West discovers Shakespeare's respect for the mysteries of existence but no clear definition of the philosophical and moral context of his play worlds. An artistic motivation leads Shakespeare to use these elements ambiguously to create a dramatic effect rather than to teach a moral or ideological lesson.

Shakespeare's storms

Author: Gwilym Jones

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 1526111845

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This is the first comprehensive study of Shakespeare's storms. Whether the apocalyptic storm of King Lear or the fleeting thunder imagery of Hamlet, the shipwrecks of the comedies or the thunderbolt of Pericles, there is an instance of storm in every one of Shakespeare's plays. This book explains the special effects used to represent storms in the early modern playhouses, and details how those effects filter into Shakespeare's dramatic language. With chapters on Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Pericles and The Tempest, Jones traces the development of the storm over the second half of the playwright's career, when Shakespeare took the storm to new extremes. We see Shakespeare's management of sound and light, and of actor and audience. Shakespeare uses storms to delight and surprise, but also to investigate the nature of representation in the theatre. Interspersed with the readings of plays are chapters on thunder, lightning, wind and rain, in which Jones reveals Shakespeare's meteorological understanding of storms and offers nuanced readings of his imagery. Throughout, Shakespeare's Storms brings theatre history to bear on modern theories of literature and the environment. This is a work that brings these two disciplines together in new and important ways. Suitable for advanced undergraduates and experts alike, Shakespeare's Storms is essential reading for anyone interested in Shakespeare, ecocriticism or early modern drama.

Shakespeares Julius Caesar

Author: S.S. Agarwalla

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 9788171565146


Page: 292

View: 7533

Julius Caesar is one of the most popular plays of William Shakespeare, read, anno¬tated and played in schools and colleges in India. In India, the first edition of Julius Caesar was written by Sir Mark Hunter, in 1900, from Madras and Hugh Macmillan, writ

William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 0791078752

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 111

View: 4734

An overview of the work features a biographical sketch of the author, a list of characters, a summary of the plot, and critical and analytical views of the work.

Fantastic Literature

A Critical Reader

Author: David Sandner

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275980535

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 357

View: 4282

Culls together important criticism of fantastic literature from Plato and Aristotle to present critics.