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Vickers, Brian

Works: 85 works in 695 publications in 5 languages and 22,684 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Conference papers and proceedings  Prescriptions, formulae, receipts, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: PR3543.M2,
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Shakespeare; the critical heritage by Brian Vickers( Book )
25 editions published between 1974 and 1981 in English and held by 1,115 libraries worldwide
Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon( Book )
38 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 1,068 libraries worldwide
Is its extensive annotation, which identifies Bacon's sources and allusions (in the Bible, in classical literature, and in Renaissance texts). It also provides full explanation of Bacon's vocabulary, which is as rich as Shakespeare's, but far less familiar. Detailed headnotes recreate the political and intellectual contexts in which these works were produced
The man of feeling by Henry Mackenzie( Book )
39 editions published between 1967 and 2009 in English and held by 988 libraries worldwide
"In Mackenzie's popular novel of 1771, the sentimental hero's capacity for fine feeling reveals his true virtue. A series of episodes demonstrates Harley's benevolence in an uncaring world as he assists the down-trodden, loses his love, and fails to achieve worldly success. The novel asks a series of vital questions: what morality is possible in a complex commercial world? Does trying to maintain it make you a saint or a fool? Can sentiment bond society or is it merely a luxury for the leisured classes?" "This edition reprints Brian Vickers's authoritative text, with a new introduction that discusses the novel in the context of the sentimental literature of which it is a pre-eminent example."--Jacket
Towards Greek tragedy : drama, myth, society by Brian Vickers( Book )
31 editions published between 1973 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 986 libraries worldwide
Appropriating Shakespeare : contemporary critical quarrels by Brian Vickers( Book )
20 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 913 libraries worldwide
The last twenty years have seen an increasing fragmentation in Shakespeare studies, with the emergence of several critical schools, each with its own ideology, each convinced that all other approaches are deficient. In this important book, Brian Vickers argues that, in attempting to appropriate Shakespeare for their own purposes, each of these schools distorts the text by omission and misrepresentation. Two substantial opening chapters trace the derivation of current literary theory from the iconoclastic mood of l960s Paris. They show how an influential group of thinkers in the structuralist and post-structuralist tradition (Levi-Strauss, Barthes, Lacan, Althusser, Derrida, Foucault) promulgated a wholly negative concept of language, arguing that language cannot reliably represent reality; that literature cannot represent life; and that since no definitive reading is possible, all interpretation is misrepresentation. Vickers demonstrates that these attitudes have been decisively refuted, restates the central properties of language, and rehabilitates the notion of the author as creator of a literary work. At the core of the book he surveys the main conflicting schools in Shakespearian literary criticism - deconstructionism, feminism, new historicism, cultural materialism, and psychoanalytic, Marxist and Christian interpretations - describing the theoretical basis of each school, both in its own words and in those of its critics. Evaluating the resulting interpretations of Shakespeare, he shows that each is biased and fragmentary in its own way. Solidly researched, sharply argued and inevitably controversial, this book challenges many recent orthodoxies. As well as to theatre goers and readers of Shakespeare and Elizabethan drama, it will be of great interest to anyone concerned with modern literary theory
The artistry of Shakespeare's prose by Brian Vickers( Book )
30 editions published between 1868 and 2013 in English and held by 846 libraries worldwide
First published in 1968. This re-issues the revised edition of 1979. The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose is the first detailed study of the use of prose in the plays. It begins by defining the different dramatic and emotional functions which Shakespeare gave to prose and verse, and proceeds to analyse the recurrent stylistic devices used in his prose. The general and particular application of prose is then studied through all the plays, in roughly chronological order
In defence of rhetoric by Brian Vickers( Book )
45 editions published between 1987 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 842 libraries worldwide
"A spirited effort to restore the importance of rhetoric, this book examines its early development in the classical era, its triumph during the Renaissance, and its subsequent decline. While acknowledging rhetoric's general loss of prestige, the author asserts its value in modern times as an indispensable vehicle for style and thought in the work of Joyce, Orwell, Jarrell, and others, and concludes by surveying rhetoric's fragmentation and misapplication in the current critical theories of such thinkers as Jakobson and de Man."--Publisher description
Classical rhetoric in English poetry by Brian Vickers( Book )
19 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in English and held by 772 libraries worldwide
Occult and scientific mentalities in the Renaissance ( Book )
24 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 723 libraries worldwide
English Renaissance literary criticism ( Book )
21 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 656 libraries worldwide
This wide-ranging compilation of texts illustrates clearly the wide variety of criticism of English literature on offer during the Renaissance period by numerous critics
Shakespeare, co-author : a historical study of five collaborative plays by Brian Vickers( Book )
20 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 504 libraries worldwide
"No issue in Shakespeare studies is more important than determining what he wrote. For over two centuries scholars have discussed the evidence that Shakespeare worked with co-authors on several plays, and have used a variety of methods to differentiate their shares from his. In this wide-ranging study, Brian Vickers takes up and extends these discussions, presenting compelling evidence that Shakespeare wrote Titus Andronicus together with George Peele, Timon of Athens with Thomas Middleton, Pericles with George Wilkins, and Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen with John Fletcher."--Jacket
Francis Bacon by Brian Vickers( Book )
13 editions published in 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 445 libraries worldwide
Rhetoric revalued : papers from the International Society for the History of Rhetoric by Société internationale pour l'histoire de la rhétorique( Book )
11 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and Italian and held by 425 libraries worldwide
Returning to Shakespeare by Brian Vickers( Book )
9 editions published between 1898 and 1989 in English and held by 392 libraries worldwide
English science, Bacon to Newton by Brian Vickers( Book )
11 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 390 libraries worldwide
Seventeenth-century England witnessed an unprecedented flourishing of natural philosophy, inspired by Francis Bacon's call for a new science based on observation and experiment, to be carried out in collective research projects, whose findings would be communicated in clear language. This anthology documents the effect of Bacon's ideas in the remarkably fruitful period following 1660. It includes his sketch of a scientific research institute in the New Atlantis (1627), which inspired the founding of the Royal Society in 1662, as acknowledged by Thomas Sprat in its History, excerpted here. Bacon's plea for an appropriate language for science also affected the Royal Society, as Sprat records, and gave birth to a number of schemes for man-made artificial languages, represented here by John Wilkins's Essay Towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language (1668). This reader gives full coverage to the dramatic understanding of nature achieved through experiments using newly developed scientific instruments: Robert Boyle's investigation of air pressure; Hooke and Henry Power's mastery of the microscope; and Isaac Newton's use of the prism to show that light is not homogeneous but composed of many different colours. The selections are accompanied by a general introduction, extensive notes, contemporary illustrations, a glossary of obsolete and technical terms and an updated bibliography
Counterfeiting Shakespeare : evidence, authorship, and John Ford's Funerall elegye by Brian Vickers( Book )
16 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 356 libraries worldwide
Brian Vickers examines the issue of what Shakespeare actually wrote, and how this is determined. Shakespeare's authorship has been claimed for two poems, 'Shall I die?' and A Funerall Elegye. Vickers shows that neither has the requisite stylistic and imaginative qualities. In other words, they are 'counterfeits', in the sense of anonymously authored works wrongly presented as Shakespeare's. He identifies John Ford as author of the Elegye
The merchant of Venice ( Book )
11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 143 libraries worldwide
The Merchant of Venice has always been regarded as one of Shakespeare's most interesting plays. Before the nineteenth century critical reaction is relatively fragmentary. However between then and the late twentieth century the critical tradition reveals the tremendous vitality of the play to evoke emotion in the theatre and in the study. Since the middle of the twentieth century reactions to the drama have been influenced by the Nazi destruction of European Jewry. The first volume to document the full tradition of criticism of The Merchant of Venice includes an extensive introduction which cha
Shakespeare, the critical heritage ( Book )
9 editions published between 1975 and 1995 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
William Shakespeare : the critical heritage by Brian Vickers( Book )
30 editions published between 1974 and 2004 in English and held by 12 libraries worldwide
The Critical Heritage gathers together a large body of critical sources on major figures in literature. Each volume presents contemporary responses to a writer's work, enabling student and researcher to read the material themselves
William Shakespeare ( Computer File )
14 editions published between 1974 and 2000 in English and held by 0 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Brian Vickers British literary scholar
Vickers, B. W.
Vickers, B. W. 1937-
Vickers, B. W. (Brian W.)
Vickers, B. W. (Brian W.), 1937-
Vickers, Brian W. 1937-
Vickers, Brian William.
Vickers, Brian William 1937-
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