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The Tempest : The Oxford Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

The Tempest

The Oxford Shakespeare

Paperback Published: 1st April 2008
ISBN: 9780199535903
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old

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Performed variously as escapist fantasy, celebratory fiction, and political allegory, The Tempest is one of the plays in which Shakespeare's genius as a poetic dramatist found its fullest expression. Significantly, it was placed first when published in the First Folio of 1623, and is now generally seen as the playwright's most penetrating statement about his art.
Stephen Orgel's wide-ranging introduction examines changing attitudes to The Tempest, and reassesses the evidence behind the various readings. He focuses on key characters and their roles and relationships, as well as on the dramatic, historical, and political context, finding the play to be both more open and more historically determined than traditional views have allowed.

Industry Reviews

'a fascinating, challenging and highly original volume' Cahiers Élisabéthians 'Stephen Orgel is an inspired choice as editor of this play ... he produces a clean, modestly innovative text with brisk, informative annotation ... wide ranging, speculative introduction' Martin Butler, University of Leeds, Notes and Queries

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Beginnings and Issues
First Appearancesp. 1
The Genrep. 4
Readings and Interpretationsp. 5
Wives and Mothersp. 18
Magicp. 20
Calibanp. 23
Suitors and Rapistsp. 28
The Renaissance Political Context
Political Marriagesp. 30
Utopia and the New Worldp. 31
Authorityp. 36
Epic and History
Italy and Carthagep. 39
The Masque
Jacobean Court Spectaclesp. 43
The Masque as Image and Symbolp. 47
Renunciation and Resolutionp. 50
Text and Date
The Textp. 56
The Datep. 62
The Play on the Stagep. 64
Editorial Proceduresp. 89
Abbreviations and Referencesp. 89
The Tempestp. 93
The Seamanship of Act I , Scene Ip. 207
The Strachey Letterp. 209
The Musicp. 220
Florio's Montaignep. 227
'Of the Cannibals'p. 227
From 'Of Cruelty'p. 238
Medea's Incantationp. 239
From Ovid, Metamorphoses, viip. 239
From The Fifteen Books of P. Ovidius Naso, Entitled Metamorphosis, translated ... by Arthur Golding (1567)p. 240
Appendix F
Lineationp. 242
Indexp. 245
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780199535903
ISBN-10: 0199535906
Series: World's Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 8 - 12 years old
For Grades: 3 - 7
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27

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