Critical Essays on Shakespeare's The Tempest
Virginia Mason Vaughan, Alden T. Vaughan
G.K. Hall, 1998 - Drama - 274 pages
G. K. Hall's three series of critical essays give comprehensive coverage of major authors worldwide and throughout history. The full range of literary traditions and schools is represented. Each new volume is carefully conceived and developed to fill a gap in the literary criticism available today. Volume editors are established authorities on the lives, works, and critical receptions of their subjects. They are uniquely qualified to ensure the spectrum of critical controversies, trends, and techniques inspired by their subjects in their own countries and abroad, in their own eras and today. Each volume features: an introduction which provides the reader with a lucid overview of criticism from its beginnings illuminating controversies, evaluating approaches, and sorting out the schools of thought the most influential reviews and the best of reprinted scholarly essays a section devoted exclusively to reviews and reactions by the subject's contemporaries original essays, new translations, and revisions commissioned especially for the series previously unpublished materials such as interviews, lost letters, and manuscript fragments; a bibliography of the subject's writings and interviews; and a name and subject index. This anthology of ten reprinted articles and one original essay, plus an introductory overview, illuminates the vitality and variety of recent writings about "The Tempest." The book's distinguished contributors offer disparate approaches to the play's sources, meaning, and staging, including several reexaminations of the colonialist perspective that for many years dominated "Tempest" readings and performance. "Critical Essays on Shakespeare's The Tempest" shouldenrich any reader's or viewer's appreciation of this multilayered text and its rich history of criticism, and performance that marks Shakespeare's famous romance.
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