Shakespeare, the Goddess, and Modernity

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iUniverse, Feb 17, 2012 - Literary Criticism - 380 pages
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OMearas work is the perfect supplement to [Ted] Hughess Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, shedding further illumination into those areas where Hughess 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 faceand the lack of optionsever closing inand 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 Othellos Sacrifice, Letter to John OMeara, 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 OMeara, 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 Shakespeares time to our own.

excellent Shakespearean explorationsThe idea of Lutheran depravity without Lutheran grace or Lutheran-Calvinist justification is very strong and original

Anthony Gash, author of The Substance of Shadows: Shakespeares Dialogue with Plato

OMeara 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.
 

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Contents

An Introductory Overview
45
On Luther Measure for Measure Good and Evil in Shakespeare Comedy and the Evolution of Consciousness On Othello
75
Shakespeares Progress Through Tragedy
115
Shakespeares Last Phase
129
Rudolf Steiners Mystery Plays in Literary Tradition
159
II
181
III
285
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About the author (2012)

Born in Montreal, Canada, John O’Meara received his Ph.D in 1986 from the University of East Anglia. He taught for over 20 years in the English departments of the University of Toronto and the University of Ottawa.

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