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The Devil's Party : Critical Counter-Interpretations of Shakespearian Drama - Harriett Hawkins

The Devil's Party

Critical Counter-Interpretations of Shakespearian Drama

Hardcover Published: 20th June 1985
ISBN: 9780198128144
Number Of Pages: 250

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This survey of past and present controversies about Shakespearian drama asks about the question: Do the plays hold a mirror up to nature? If so, what is the nature of the "nature" reflected in plays as different as Hamlet and As You Like It?K Is the poet on the side of the angels or, in fact, "of the devil's party" in a play like Richard III? Are Hamlet and Cleopatra more to be morally censured than pitied or admired? How seriously should we take the comedies? Rather than attempting to answer these questions, the author here explains why it is that the plays remain open to critical debate. She concludes that Shakespearian drama provides us with the most artistic challenges to any one-sided account of the ways of the wold it reflects and for this reason, for students and teachers, and for actors and audiences alike, its impact is ultimately liberating.

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"[A] teasing and provocative disquisition on contemporary Shakespeare criticism."--Renaissance Quarterly

"The Devil's Party is a book of genuine literary criticism...it refuses to stay within the safe borders of academic scholarship and insists on engaging the general questions of aesthetics and morality that the works of Shakespeare always raise."--Shakespeare Quarterly

"This is a serious and subtle contribution to the understanding of Shakespeare, as well as a lively and amusing account of current interpretive methods."--Times Higher Education Supplement

Introduction: In Pursuit of the Fox: Some Examples of Critical Action and Reactionp. 1
The Questions of Mimesis and Morality: Some 'Footnotes to Plato'p. 14
The Question of Representation in Shakespearian Drama and Criticism: How Does a Play Look?p. 17
The Question of Morality in Shakespearian Drama and Criticism: The 'Screw-guns' of Platop. 38
Notesp. 55
The 'Books' and 'Counterbooks' of Shakespearian Drama and Criticismp. 61
'The Art of the Insoluble': Some Open Questions in Measure for Measure and Hamletp. 61
'On the Other Hand': The 'Counterbooks' of Criticismp. 83
In Particular: What Neo-Classical Criticism Has to Tell About What Shakespeare Does Not Dop. 93
Notesp. 102
'Conjectures and Refutations': The Positive Uses of Negative Feedback in Criticism and Performancep. 109
The Burden of Disproofp. 109
The Popperian Alternativep. 124
Some Dramatic and Critical Constructions and Misconstructions: The Problem of the Obviousp. 133
Notesp. 137
Some Current Themes for Critical Disputationp. 143
Female Virtues and Vices in Shakespearian Drama and Criticismp. 143
The Poetic and Critical 'Rape of Lucrece'p. 149
Some Recent Examples of the Dialectical Processp. 164
Shakespeare's Construction and Characterization: The Questions of Technique and of Visionp. 172
Notesp. 183
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780198128144
ISBN-10: 0198128142
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 20th June 1985
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.38

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