Shakespeare's Last Plays

Shakespeare's Last Plays : Essays in Literature and Politics

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What were Shakespeare's final thoughts on history, tragedy, and comedy? Shakespeare's Last Plays focuses much needed scholarly attention on Shakespeare's "Late Romances." The work-a collection of newly commissioned essays by leading scholars of classical political philosophy and literature-offers careful textual analysis of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, All is True, and The Two Noble Kinsmen. The essays reveal how Shakespeare's thought in these final works compliments, challenges, fulfills, or transforms previously held conceptions of the playwright and his political-philosophical more

Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 149.9 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • bibliography, index
  • 073910361X
  • 9780739103616

Review quote

This collection will be really helpful to those who have grappled in capitvated puzzlement with Shakespeare's late plays. The Catholic sensibility; the philospher's heroism of his stand-in, Prospero; the reconciliation of tragic and comic outcomes; the restorative power of art; the deformation of the plays in postmodern theory-these themes are just a sample of the scope and variety of these esays. -- Eva Brann, St. John's College This volume contains essays by some of the world's leading students of Shakespearean politics on his last 'problem' plays. It is a must read for anyone who wishes to partake of Shakespeare's political wisdom-or simply to understand the plays themselves! -- Catherine H. Zuckertshow more

About Travis Curtright

Stephen W. Smith is Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale College. Travis Curtright is Assistant Director of the Center for Thomas More Studies at the University of more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Shakespeare's The Tempest: Tragicomedy and the Philosophic Hero Chapter 3 The Consolation of Romance: Providence in Shakespeare's Late Plays Chapter 4 Cymbeline in Context: The Regime Issue Chapter 5 Shakespeare against the Skeptics: Nature and Grace in The Winter's Tale Chapter 6 Henry VIII on Trial: Confronting Malice and Conscience in Shakespeare's All is True Chapter 7 Shakespeare's Realism in The Tempest Chapter 8 Pericles and "Mariana": T. S. Eliot's Search for the Transcedent in Late Shakespeare Chapter 9 Tragedy and Comedy in Shakespeare's Poetic Vision in The Winter's Tale Chapter 10 The Displaced Nativity in Cymbeline Chapter 11 Prospero's Second Sailing: Machiavelli, Shakespeare, and the Politics of The Tempest Chapter 12 The Soul of the Sojourner: Pericles, Prince of Tyre Chapter 13 "Fresh Piece of Excellent Witchcraft": Contemporary Theory and Shakespeare's Romancesshow more