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Playing Shakespeare's villains

Author: Louis Fantasia
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, [2019]
Series: Playing Shakespeare's characters, vol. 2
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"When we speak of Shakespeare's 'villains' we think we know who comes immediately to mind: Iago, Richard III, Edmund in Lear, Aaron the Moor, Lady Macbeth, etc. People who do bad things to nice people. But what about Macbeth, Caliban, Regan & Goneril? Evil? Victims? What about Bolingbroke and Margaret? Puck? Is Cassius a villain? Leontes? What makes a villain, as opposed to a monster, crook, or scoundrel? When does  Read more...
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Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Fantasia
ISBN: 9781433153273 1433153270
OCLC Number: 1089278196
Description: x, 131 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : playing Shakespeare's villains : bloody, bawdy, remorseless, treacherous, lecherous / Louis Fantasia --
"Something wicked this way comes" : (re)locating the supernatural world of Macbeth / Janna Segal --
"A few drams of Eale" : an overview of evil in Shakespeare's plays / Timothy Harris --
"He that plays the king shall be welcome" / Armin Shimerman --
Damned, smiling villains : the pleasure of not caring / Brian Lohmann --
Edit Villareal behind closed doors : sex, lies and servants --
Iachimo : "By villainy I got this ring" / Louis Scheeder --
"Tis a vile thing to die" : teaching villainy in the public school classroom / Charmaine Cordero --
"Very fine people" / Louis Fantasia --
On the nature of evil / Clifford Librach.
Series Title: Playing Shakespeare's characters, vol. 2
Responsibility: Louis Fantasia, editor.

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The essays in Playing Shakespeare's Villains trouble our assumptions of what-and who-constitutes "villainy" in Shakespeare's works, through probing and provocative analyses of the murky moral logics  Read more...

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