Tempest A Case Study in Critical Controversy

ISBN-10: 0312457529
ISBN-13: 9780312457525
Edition: 2nd
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Description: Designed for "teaching the conflicts," this critical edition of Shakespeare'sThe Tempestreprints the authoritative Bevington text of the play along with 21 selections representing major critical and cultural controversies surrounding the work. The  More...

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List price: $16.99
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 12/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Designed for "teaching the conflicts," this critical edition of Shakespeare'sThe Tempestreprints the authoritative Bevington text of the play along with 21 selections representing major critical and cultural controversies surrounding the work. The distinctive editorial material helps readers grapple not only with the play's critical issues but also with cultural debates about literature itself.The second edition includes four new readings, revised headnotes that more helpfully contextualize the critical essays, a portfolio of visual representations of Caliban, and an appendix on writing about critical controversies andThe Tempest.

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

Preface
Shakespeare and the Tempest
The Life and Work of William Shakespeare
The Text of The Tempest
A Case Study in Critical Controversy
Why Study Critical Controversies about The Tempest?
Literary Study, Politics, and Shakespeare: A Debate
"Literary Politics"
"The Best Way to Kill Our Literary Inheritance Is to Turn It into a Decorous Celebration of the New World Order"
Sources and Contexts
"Of the Cannibals"
"True Repertory of the Wrack"
"A Discovery of the Barmudas"
"Reasons for Colonization"
"Letter to Phillip, Great Prince of Spain"
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"The Monster Caliban"
New A Portfolio of Images of Caliban
New
The Great Chain of Being
The "Tempest" in the Wilderness
Shakespeare and the Power of Order
Shakespeare: The Final Plays
"The Mirror of Analogy: The Tempest"
New
"The Blue-Eyed Witch"
The Postcolonial Challenge
"�ǠThis Thing of Darkness I Acknowledge Mine���: The Tempest and the Discourse of Colonialism"

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