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Vickers, Brian

Works: 88 works in 893 publications in 4 languages and 28,543 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Fiction  Psychological fiction  Drama  Poetry  Gothic fiction  Prescriptions, formulae, receipts, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: PR3543.M2, 822.33
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Most widely held works by Brian Vickers
Shakespeare; the critical heritage by Brian Vickers( Book )
98 editions published between 1974 and 1995 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,473 libraries worldwide
In defence of rhetoric by Brian Vickers( Book )
59 editions published between 1987 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 1,097 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
The world of Jonathan Swift: essays for the tercentenary by Brian Vickers( Book )
23 editions published between 1968 and 1969 in English and held by 1,065 libraries worldwide
The man of feeling by Henry Mackenzie( Book )
42 editions published between 1967 and 2009 in English and held by 977 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 )
35 editions published between 1973 and 1979 in 3 languages and held by 974 libraries worldwide
Appropriating Shakespeare : contemporary critical quarrels by Brian Vickers( Book )
22 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 915 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
Francis Bacon and Renaissance prose by Brian Vickers( Book )
22 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 853 libraries worldwide
The artistry of Shakespeare's prose by Brian Vickers( Book )
37 editions published between 1868 and 2013 in English and held by 851 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
Classical rhetoric in English poetry by Brian Vickers( Book )
21 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 768 libraries worldwide
Occult and scientific mentalities in the Renaissance ( Book )
21 editions published between 1984 and 2003 in English and held by 694 libraries worldwide
The essays in this volume present a collective study of one of the major problems in the recent history of science: To what extent did the occult 'sciences' (alchemy, astrology, numerology, and natural magic) contribute to the scientific revolution of the late Renaissance? These studies of major scientists (Kepler, Bacon, Mersenne, and Newton) and of occultists (Dee, Fludd, and Cardano), complemented by analyses of contemporary official and unofficial studies at Cambridge and Oxford and discussions of the language of science, combine to suggest that hitherto the relationship has been too crudely stated as a movement 'from magic to science'. In fact, two separate mentalities can be traced, the occult and the scientific, each having different assumptions, goals, and methodologies. The contributors call into question many of the received ideas on this topic, showing that the issue has been wrongly defined and based on inadequate historical evidence. They outline new ways of approaching and understanding a situation in which two radically different and, to modern eyes, incompatible ways of describing reality persisted side-by-side until the demise of the occult in the late seventeenth century. Their work, accordingly, sets the whole issue in a new light
English Renaissance literary criticism ( Book )
21 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 664 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
Essential articles for the study of Francis Bacon by Brian Vickers( Book )
21 editions published between 1968 and 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 619 libraries worldwide
After a long period of neglect and abuse it is a pleasure to report that the last thirty years have seen a great revival of interest in Bacon, a revival that has produced informed and detailed criticism both at the general level and as more specialized studies, the best of which are included in this volume. - Introduction
Shakespeare, co-author : a historical study of five collaborative plays by Brian Vickers( Book )
26 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 512 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
Counterfeiting Shakespeare : evidence, authorship, and John Ford's Funerall elegye by Brian Vickers( Book )
17 editions published between 2002 and 2009 in English and held by 372 libraries worldwide
'Counterfeiting' Shakespeare addresses the fundamental issue of what Shakespeare actually wrote, and how this is determined. In recent years his authorship has been claimed for two poems, the lyric 'Shall I die?' and A Funerall Elegye. These attributions have been accepted into certain major editions of Shakespeare's works but Brian Vickers argues that both attributions rest on superficial verbal parallels; both use too small a sample, ignore negative evidence, and violate basic principles in authorship studies. Through a fresh examination of the evidence, Professor Vickers shows that neither poem has the stylistic and imaginative qualities we associate with Shakespeare. In other words, they are 'counterfeits', in the sense of anonymously authored works wrongly presented as Shakespeare's. He argues that the poet and dramatist John Ford wrote the Elegye: its poetical language (vocabulary, syntax, prosody) is indistinguishable from Ford's, and it contains several hundred close parallels with his work. By combining linguistic and statistical analysis this book makes an important contribution to authorship studies
The merchant of Venice ( Book )
11 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 148 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 by Brian Vickers( Book )
13 editions published between 1975 and 1995 in English and held by 82 libraries worldwide
William Shakespeare the critical heritage by Brian Vickers( Book )
28 editions published between 1974 and 2008 in English and held by 19 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
The major works : [including New Atlantis and the Essays] by Francis Bacon( Book )
4 editions published between 2002 and 2008 in English and held by 10 libraries worldwide
William Shakespeare 1733-1752 by Brian Vickers( Book )
15 editions published between 1975 and 2002 in English and held by 7 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
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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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