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Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare By V. G. Kiernan

Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare by V. G. Kiernan

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This companion volume to "Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen" sets out to rescue Shakespearean studies from the increasingly solipsistic terrain of literary criticism, focusing instead on historical location as a means to understanding Shakespeare's writing.

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Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare: A Marxist Study by V. G. Kiernan

The seventeenth century saw the brief flowering of tragic drama in western Europe as a whole and in England in particular. It was, argues Victor Kiernan, the artistic expression of the consciousness of change which permeated every aspect of life during this period. In this companion volume to Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen Kiernan sets out to rescue Shakespearean studies from the increasingly solipsistic terrain of literary criticism, focusing instead on historical location as a means to understanding Shakespeare's writing. Kiernan contends that the deep and accelerating changes in economy and society, brought about by the development of modern capitalism, drew the underlying tragic tensions of the History plays to the forefront. Other writers were feeling similar influences and across Western Europe, especially in France and Spain, tragic drama became a popular form. Kiernan shows how England's supremacy in this genre was both a mirror and a result of the profound nature of its social and economic development and the uncertainty and anxiety which it created. Opening with a sketch of the progress of the theatre, Kiernan goes on to provide a portrait of Shakespeare as a professional. He then considers each of the eight tragedies from Julius Caesar to Coriolanus, drawing out their contrasts and recurring themes. In a final section he analyses the group as a whole and explores attitudes to the monarchy, political life, war, religion and philosophy and the relationship between the sexes.

Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare Reviews

Praise for Kiernan's Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen: ""Victor Kiernan is one of the best historians of seventeenth-century England, and he is also a sensitive literary critic. The combination of these gifts make this book a remarkable achievement. It will become a classic."" -- Christopher Hill "The strength of this book lies in the total view of political and social conditions of the period which underpins it ... Unlike so many other books on Shakespeare now appearing, it will not scare off the non-academic reader." - Guardian

About V. G. Kiernan

Victor Kiernan is Professor Emeritus of Modern History at the University of Edinburgh. His numerous books include Marxism and Imperialism, State and Society in Europe 1550-1650 and Poets, Politics and the People.

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GOR006001219
Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare: A Marxist Study by V. G. Kiernan
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Verso Books
1996-04-29
288
1859840892
9781859840894
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