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Shakespeare and this "imperfect" world : dramatic form and the nature of knowing

Author: G Marra
Publisher: New York : P. Lang, ©1997.
Series: Studies in Shakespeare, vol. 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This study on Shakespearean theatre attempts to correlate the cognitive impulse animating the character with the ensuing dramatic form. A Shakespearean character determines the play's structure through the intrinsic need to resolve the problem he is brought up against. He does this by utilizing theatrical means, metadramatic elements, which themselves become an integral part of the concept of theatre.
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Marra, G. (Giulio).
Shakespeare and this "imperfect" world.
New York : P. Lang, ©1997
(OCoLC)605133321
Online version:
Marra, G. (Giulio).
Shakespeare and this "imperfect" world.
New York : P. Lang, ©1997
(OCoLC)631719917
Named Person: William Shakespeare; Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G Marra
ISBN: 0820433888 9780820433882
OCLC Number: 34690715
Description: 290 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The Tempest: Prospero's Attitude to Wonder and his "Art" of Limitation --
Twelfth Night: The Figure of Viola-Cesario, Comedy and the Persistence of Disguise --
As You Like It: Rosalind's Truth in Disguise and Jaques' Comic Conversion --
The Merchant of Venice: Shylock Besieged: "Comic Appropriation" and Anti-comic Dissonance --
Measure for Measure: Problematic Deconstruction and Comic Reconstruction --
Troilus and Cressida: Shakespeare's Reflections. Love, Time and the Hero --
Hamlet: Claudius's "Imperfect" Action and Hamlet's "Imperfect" Theatre --
Macbeth: "I have a strange infirmity, which is nothing." A World of Action vs a World of Thought --
Othello: "One unperfectness shows me another". The Ethic and the Aesthetic in Othello's "Marble Heaven" and Iago's "Imperfect" Plot --
Antony and Cleopatra: Historical Necessity, Tragedy and the Mythopoeic Imagination --
King Lear: Ideology-Psychology, Romance-Tragedy, Metaphysics-Nature. A Study in Structural Perspectives.
Series Title: Studies in Shakespeare, vol. 5.
Responsibility: Giulio Marra.

Abstract:

This study on Shakespearean theatre attempts to correlate the cognitive impulse animating the character with the ensuing dramatic form. A Shakespearean character determines the play's structure through the intrinsic need to resolve the problem he is brought up against. He does this by utilizing theatrical means, metadramatic elements, which themselves become an integral part of the concept of theatre.

Any external moral framework constricting the character within traditional dramatic forms appears, therefore, to impose perspectival limits on the text. Rather, The Tempest provides the reader with intrinsic and general guidelines through the skepticism of Prospero. Through concepts of "wonder" and "limitation" he defines the boundaries of action thus determining the idea of self-knowledge. General aesthetic and philosophical problems are embedded within the texture of the play's structure.

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