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Shakespeare's mortal knowledge : a reading of the tragedies

Author: Zulfikar Ghose
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Shakespeare's Mortal Knowledge presents so astonishingly original a reading of Shakespeare's tragedies that no one returning to the plays, either in the classroom or in the theatre, can expect to see them in the same light again. Can Cordelia, when answering her father's famous question, have made her desperate statement not because she was being literally truthful but because she deliberately wished to provoke her  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Zulfikar Ghose
ISBN: 0312085451 9780312085452
OCLC Number: 25746707
Description: viii, 171 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Hamlet: The Unweeded Garden --
Othello: The Beast with Two Backs --
King Lear: The Bias of Nature --
Macbeth: The Feverous Earth --
A Happy Ending.
Responsibility: Zulfikar Ghose.

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Shakespeare's Mortal Knowledge presents so astonishingly original a reading of Shakespeare's tragedies that no one returning to the plays, either in the classroom or in the theatre, can expect to see them in the same light again. Can Cordelia, when answering her father's famous question, have made her desperate statement not because she was being literally truthful but because she deliberately wished to provoke her father to disinherit her? Is Othello driven to murder his wife not because of jealousy but because of some other unconsciously-driven passion? How does the aural imagery with which Hamlet ends project the 'sound and fury' of Macbeth? And why is the theme of sexuality so potent in each of the tragedies? Here is Hamlet understood comprehensively as never before, from its very first lines to its final stage direction, with even T.S. Eliot's objections fully answered. The interpretations of Othello, Lear, and Macbeth are stunningly new. Zulfikar Ghose, the distinguished novelist and poet, presents his remarkable reading of the plays in a lucid prose which will persuade the scholar and make many things clear to the theatregoer which had been previously undreamt of.

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