Prospero's Powers

Prospero's Powers

Author: John O'Meara

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595410002

Category: Drama

Page: 62

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As the third part of his trilogy on Shakespeare, Prospero's Powers extends the study of the late plays O'Meara offered in Othello's Sacrifice, to consider more closely how Shakespeare fulfills his personal artistic development in The Tempest. The play is seen as expressing in its structure the whole of Shakespeare's tragic development up to that time. Great powers of self-knowledge and of inner knowledge of the cosmos are shown to have emerged from this development, which Prospero now embodies. Structural links are pursued that further connect Prospero's powers with the mysterious process of self-growth that is dramatized in The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. Behind both works, and the Renaissance alchemical tradition they mediate, lies the mystery of the sacrificial death of the Sophia into human consciousness that was taking place at the time Shakespeare was writing. From the event of this death come the great possibilities of self-development and inner power over the world that Shakespeare was boldly prophesizing in the play that brings his artistic career to consummation. "an excellent and profound study"-Richard Ramsbotham, Who Wrote Bacon?: William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and James I

Shakespeare, the Goddess, and Modernity

Shakespeare, the Goddess, and Modernity

Author: John O'Meara

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781469746272

Category: Drama

Page: 380

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"O'Meara's work is the perfect supplement to [Ted] Hughes's "Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being", shedding further illumination into those areas where Hughes's penetrating lens finally appears to dim. [This work] shines utterly clear light on the path of understanding we may re-win with regard to myth, forcing the reader to face the incredible starkness of the prospect we face—and the lack of options—ever closing in—and also giving the reader the necessary clues to follow, particularly Barfield, Shakespeare and Rudolf Steiner." —Richard Ramsbotham, author of Who Wrote Bacon? William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and James I "Very interesting stuff. Particularly where you parallel the break through the tragic dead end to the transcendental-redemptive solution--that I follow from "Macbeth" through "Lear" to the last plays--with the Steinerian view of the same progress." —Ted Hughes on Othello's Sacrifice, Letter to John O'Meara, 21 November, 1996, in the Ted Hughes Archives, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia This volume brings together virtually all of the published shorter critical work of John O'Meara, gathered from over 30 years of production. What emerges is an extensive, uniquely challenging interpretation of the evolution of, for the most part, English literary history, from Shakespeare's time to our own. "excellent Shakespearean explorations...The idea of Lutheran depravity without Lutheran grace or Lutheran-Calvinist justification is very strong and original..." —Anthony Gash, author of The Substance of Shadows: Shakespeare's Dialogue with Plato "O'Meara sets out to demonstrate... the essential fact that "full encounter with human depravity" was[/is] a necessary step in the attaining of true [otherworldly] Imagination." —Eric Philips-Oxford, on The New School of the Imagination from the Sektion fur Schone Wissenschaften, the Goetheanum, Newsletter, Issue No. 3, Winter/Spring 2008-2009.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf and Saruman in the Tradition of Shakespeare's Prospero

J.R.R. Tolkien's Gandalf and Saruman in the Tradition of Shakespeare's Prospero

Author: Christoph Höbel

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640531929

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,7, University of Trier (Fachbereich II Anglistik), course: The Tempest and Its Followers, language: English, abstract: The figure of the wizard can be considered as one of the most interesting characters in modern fantasy literature. Normally, wizards are seen as old, wise men, with long beards, robes and staffs who have great knowledge about the world and its history due to long studies and books. However, there are a few ancestors of the wizard as he is seen today: in Arthurian legends you can find Merlin and in Shakespeare's plays Prospero is the great wizard. In creating Prospero Shakespeare conjured an image of the wizard, traces of which can still be found in modern literary figures. As Prospero can be seen as "providing one of the basic templates for the figure of the wizard" it is interesting to the similarities between wizards like him and wizards in modern fiction. In the novel The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien describes two wizards who settled the image of the modern wizard in the reader's mind: Gandalf and Saruman. As "Gandalf became a cult figure in the late 1960s" his opponent Saruman cannot reach his popularity. However, the two wizards show the two sides of magic between which a wizard can choose: good versus evil. In the novel the wizard plays "a crucial, super-heroic role" and thus the wizard is manifested as a basic of fantasy literature. Taking into account that Prospero's character has good and bad attitudes in Shakespeare's The Tempest it is interesting to examine the relationship between him and his descendants Gandalf and Saruman as the embodiments of good and evil. Three main aspects will be analysed: the sources of the three wizards' magic, where their power is situated; how to evaluate the use of magic, whether it is good or bad; and in which way the magic is manifested in the outer world. Some abstractions should be considered

Shakespearean Power and Punishment

Shakespearean Power and Punishment

Author: Gillian Murray Kendall

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838636799

Category: Drama

Page: 219

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The essays in this volume demonstrate how effectively different -- indeed seemingly contradictory -- theoretical paradigms can work with Shakespeare's plays to excavate issues of power and punishment.

Thinking About Shakespeare

Thinking About Shakespeare

Author: Kay Stockholder

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119059011

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Explores the challenges of maintaining bonds, living up to ideals, and fulfilling desire in Shakespeare’s plays In Thinking About Shakespeare, Kay Stockholder reveals the rich inner lives of some of Shakespeare’s most enigmatic characters and the ways in which their emotions and actions shape and are shaped by the social and political world around them. In addressing all genres in the Shakespeare canon, the authors explore the possibility of people being constant to each other in many different kinds of relationships: those of lovers, kings and subjects, friends, and business partners. While some bonds are irrevocably broken, many are reaffirmed. In all cases, the authors offer insight into what drives Shakespeare’s characters to do what they do, what draws them together or pulls them apart, and the extent to which bonds can ever be eternal. Ultimately, the most durable bond may be between the playwright and the audience, whereby the playwright pleases and the audience approves. The book takes an in-depth look at a dozen of The Bard’s best-loved works, including: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Romeo and Juliet; The Merchant of Venice; Richard II; Henry IV, Part I; Hamlet; Troilus and Cressida; Othello; Macbeth; King Lear; Antony and Cleopatra; and The Tempest. It also provides an epilogue titled: Prospero and Shakespeare. Written in a style accessible for all levels Discusses 12 plays, making it a comprehensive study of Shakespeare’s work Covers every genre of The Bard’s work, giving readers a full sense of Shakespeare’s art/thought over the course of his oeuvre Provides a solid overall sense of each play and the major characters/plot lines in them Providing new and sometimes unconventional and provocative ways to think about characters that have had a long critical heritage, Thinking About Shakespeare is an enlightening read that is perfect for scholars, and ideal for any level of student studying one of history’s greatest storytellers.

Communicating in the Third Space

Communicating in the Third Space

Author: Karin Ikas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135894191

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 204

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Communicating in the Third Space aims to clarify Homi K. Bhabha’s theory of the third space of enunciation by reconstructing its philosophical, sociological, geographical, and political meaning with attention to the special advantages and ambiguities that arise as it is applied in practical--as well as theoretical--contexts. The idea of "third space" conceives the encounter of two distinct and unequal social groups as taking place in a special third space of enunciation where culture is disseminated and displaced from the interacting groups, making way for the invention of a hybrid identity, whereby these two groups conceive themselves to partake in a common identity relating to shared space and common dialogue. The essays collected in Communicating in the Third Space--including a preface by Bhabha himself--brilliantly introduce readers to this exciting topic in Cultural and Post-Colonial theory and offers insightful elaboration and critique of the meaning and relevance of life in the "third space." With a preface by Homi K. Bhabha.

Inchbald, Hawthorne and the Romantic Moral Romance

Inchbald, Hawthorne and the Romantic Moral Romance

Author: Ben P Robertson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317316213

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

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Explores the connections between British and American Romanticism, focusing on the novels of Elizabeth Inchbald (1753-1821) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64). This study argues that Inchbald and Hawthorne are representative of a larger British/American cultural confluence during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The Tempest: Language and Writing

The Tempest: Language and Writing

Author: Brinda Charry

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408156025

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 208

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Arden Student Guides: Language and Writing offer a new type of study aid which combines lively critical insight with practical guidance on the critical writing skills you need to develop in order to engage fully with Shakespeare's texts. The books' core focus is on language: both understanding and enjoying Shakespeare's complex dramatic language, and expanding your own critical vocabulary, as you respond to his plays. Key features include: • an introduction considering when and how the play was written, addressing the language with which Shakespeare created his work, as well as the generic, literary and theatrical conventions at his disposal • detailed examination and analysis of the individual text, focusing on its literary, technical and historical intricacies • discussion of performance history and the critical reception of the work • a 'Writing matters' section in every chapter, clearly linking the analysis of Shakespeare's language to your own writing strategies in coursework and examinations Written by world-class academics with both scholarly insight and outstanding teaching skills, each guide will empower you to read and write about Shakespeare with increased confidence and enthusiasm. Shakespeare's The Tempest is among the most widely-admired works of literature. More than any other Shakespeare play, it has lent itself to rewriting and is among the most 'metadramatic' of Shakespeare's works, pondering the value of creating worlds with words.

Speak the Speech!

Speak the Speech!

Author: Rhona Silverbush

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 9781429998499

Category: Drama

Page: 1088

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The most comprehensive sourcebook of Shakespeare's monologues ever available in one volume. A detailed guide to approaching Shakespearean text, Speak the Speech! contains everything an actor needs to select and prepare a Shakespeare monologue for classwork, auditions, or performance. Included herein are over 150 monologues. Each one is placed in context with a brief introduction, is carefully punctuated in the manner that best illustrates its meaning, and is painstakingly and thoroughly annotated. Each is also accompanied by commentary that will spark the actor's imagination by exploring how the interrelationship of meter and the choice of words and sounds yields clues to character and performance. And throughout the book sidebars relate historical, topical, technical, and other useful and entertaining information relevant to the text. In addition, the authors include an overview of poetic and rhetorical elements, brief synopses of all the plays, and a comprehensive index along with other guidelines that will help readers locate the perfect monologue for their needs. More than just an actor's toolkit, Speak the Speech! is also an entertaining resource that will help demystify Shakespeare's language for the student and theater lover alike.

Shakespearean Inside

Shakespearean Inside

Author: Marcus Nordlund

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9781474418997

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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The Shakespearean Inside is a study of all soliloquies and solo asides (dubbed "e;insides"e; for short) in Shakespeare's complete plays. The first step in the research process was the creation of the Shakespearean Inside Database (SID) where these speeches were annotated according to variables of genuine literary interest (such as act, dramatic subgenre, probable time of composition, dramatic speech acts, selected figures of speech, and character attributes such as gender and class). Such comprehensive and detailed data makes it possible to generalize dependably about Shakespeare's authorial habits, and, by extension, to identify situations where the author departs in interesting ways from his habitual practices. The monograph uses these broad patterns and significant exceptions as a backdrop for fresh interpretations of various Shakespeare plays (from early works such as The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona to mature tragedies like Hamlet and late plays like The Tempest and The Two Noble Kinsmen).

Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare & His Contemporaries

Italian Culture in the Drama of Shakespeare & His Contemporaries

Author: Michele Marrapodi

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754655040

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 286

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Applying recent developments in new historicism and cultural materialism-along with the new perspectives opened up by the current debate on intertextuality and the construction of the theatrical text-the essays collected here reconsider the pervasive infl

Drama and English at the Heart of the Curriculum

Drama and English at the Heart of the Curriculum

Author: Joe Winston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136600418

Category: Education

Page: 160

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Written specifically for primary teachers and trainees who wish to develop their teaching skills in English and drama, this book offers practical guidance on model drama and English teaching techniques, approaches to assessment, and examples of cross-curricular links. Teachers and students will benefit from the wide range of techniques covered in this book.