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Late Shakespeare By Simon Palfrey (Lecturer in English, Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool)

Late Shakespeare

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This text examines Shakespeare's late plays, which are usually seen in terms of courtliness and escapism. Post-structuralist and historicist approaches show the indeterminacy and materiality of language, but rarely identify how particular figures capture and energize contested history.

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Late Shakespeare: A New World of Words by Simon Palfrey (Lecturer in English, Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool)

Shakespeare's late plays are usually seen in terms of courtliness and escapism. But the critical tradition has been too decorous. Neither neo-Christian pieties nor high-political allegory can account for the works' audacity and surprise, or the popular investment in both their form and meaning. Post-structuralist and historicist approaches show the indeterminacy and materiality of language, but rarely identify how particular figures (words and characters) capture and energize contested history. Recent criticism tends to put a pre-emptive 'master-paradigm' above all else; a more sinuous, minutely attentive critical vocabulary is needed to apprehend Shakespeare's turbulent, precise, teeming metaphorical discourse.

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A dazzling and dizzying study. Palfrey's earthy-and -yet-heady style - both entertaining and provocative. * Journal of English and Germanic Philology *

About Simon Palfrey (Lecturer in English, Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool)



Simon Palfrey is Lecturer in English at the University of Melbourne.

Table of Contents


Introduction ; Romance, Irony and Humanism ; Pericles and the Idea of the Hero ; Body Language at Court ; Country Matters ; Magnetic Island and Islander in The Tempest ; Violence and Freedom ; Women and Romance ; Endings ; Bibliography ; Index

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Late Shakespeare: A New World of Words by Simon Palfrey (Lecturer in English, Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool)
Simon Palfrey (Lecturer in English, Lecturer in English, University of Liverpool)
Oxford English Monographs
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Oxford University Press
2000-01-01
310
0198186894
9780198186892
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