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William Empson : William Empson: Essays on Renaissance Literature: Volume 2, The Drama v. 2 - William Empson

William Empson

William Empson: Essays on Renaissance Literature: Volume 2, The Drama v. 2

Hardcover Published: 27th September 2007
ISBN: 9780521440448
Number Of Pages: 304

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This collection of William Empson's essays on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama is the second volume of his writings on Renaissance literature. Edited with an introduction by the leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, the contents range from famous essays on The Spanish Tragedy, Volpone, The Alchemist and The Duchess of Malfi to a sprightly piece on Elizabethan spirits. In addition, there are previously unpublished essays which revisit critical controversies, and a magnificent, provocative study of A Midsummer Night's Dream which ventures a major new reading of the play. 'I am attracted by the notion of a hearty indifference to one's own and other people's feelings, when a fragment of the truth is in question,' Empson stated. The incomparable Empson here fights his own critical corner with unequalled zest, intelligence and insight.

Sources and acknowledgements
Introduction
Kyd, Jonson, Webster
The Spanish Tragedy (I)
The Spanish Tragedy: a letter
The Spanish Tragedy (II)
Volpone
Volpone again
The Alchemist
Mine eyes dazzle
The Duchess of Malfi
Shakespeare and the Spirits
Elizabethan spirits
The spirits of the Dream
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780521440448
ISBN-10: 0521440440
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th September 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.57