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Midsummer Night's Dream By Helen Hackett

Midsummer Night's Dream

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This book will show how the A Midsummer Night's Dream participates in a widespread 1590s concern with mutability; often, as here, expressed through moon-imagery, and associated with representation of the ageing Virgin queen.

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Midsummer Night's Dream by Helen Hackett

Change and transformation are central to the action, themes and language of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This book will show how the play participates in a widespread 1590s concern with mutability; often, as here, expressed through moon-imagery, and associated with representation of the ageing Virgin queen. However, it is also very much a play about procreative change, set at one of the `green hinges' of the year, to use Angela Carter's phrase. The happy ending is marked by multiple marriages; and yet, these marriages have been achieved through conflict and force. Comedy veers close to tragedy, and vice versa in the inset Pyramus and Thisbe performance, illustrating Shakespeare's sense of the innate indeterminacy of genres. It is also Shakespeare's most Spenserian play in its depiction of a supernaturally animated natural world, providing the grounds for the characterisation of Shakespeare as a poet of nature which was to prove so influential for Milton and the Romantics.

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About Helen Hackett


Dr Helen Hackett teaches English Literature at University College London. She was previously a tutor and research fellow at Oxford University. She is the author of Virgin Mother, Maiden Queen: Elizabeth I and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (1994), and of a number of articles on women as readers and writers of romance in the Renaissance. She is a contributor to the Cambridge Companion to Women and Literature 1500-1700 (forthcoming).

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GOR003151326
Midsummer Night's Dream by Helen Hackett
Helen Hackett
Writers and their Work
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Northcote House Publishers Ltd
1996-01-11
96
0746307543
9780746307540
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