Shame in Shakespeare

Shame in Shakespeare

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One of the most intense and painful of our human passions, shame is typically seen in contemporary culture as a disability or a disease to be cured. Shakespeare's ultimately positive portrayal of the emotion challenges this view. Drawing on philosophers and theorists of shame, Shame in Shakespeare analyses the shame and humiliation suffered by the tragic hero, providing not only a new approach to Shakespeare but a committed and provocative argument for reclaiming shame.
The volume provides:
* an account of previous traditions of shame and of the Renaissance context
* a thematic map of the rich manifestations of both masculine and feminine shame in Shakespeare
* detailed readings of Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear
* an analysis of the limitations of Roman shame in Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus
* a polemical discussion of the fortunes of shame in modern literature after Shakespeare.
The book presents a Shakespearean vision of shame as the way to the world outside the self. It establishes the continued vitality and relevance of Shakespeare and offers a fresh and exciting way of seeing his tragedies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 16mm | 363g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New.
  • 0415258286
  • 9780415258289
  • 1,241,369

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"This accessible and informative study will prove insightful to readers at all levels, from beginning undergraduates on up."
-C. Baker, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Choice, September 2002
"I have already used "Shame in Shakespeare with success in a graduate seminar focused on Shakespeare's tragedies, and the readings energized the class and helped move the students towards an understanding of both heretofore unrealized avenues in Shakespeare studies and the need for precise explication and purposeful research for anyone who ventures into such territories. In addition, this book is consistently engaging, impressively argued, and a true addition to Shakespeare scholarship. I highly recommend this book, partly because the argument is ultimately accessible to such a broad audience, including undergraduate students and any reader who is searching for a fresh psychological prespective on Shakespeare and other texts."
-David Ruiter, University of Texas at El Paso "TheShakespeare Newsletter, Fall 2002
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About Ewan Fernie

Ewan Fernie is lecturer in English at the Queen's University of Belfast. He is the author of several articles on Renaissance literature and culture.
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