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Shakespeare and the Nature of Man (Cambridge Library Collection - Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama)

Spencer, Theodore

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, 2009
ISBN 10: 110800377X / ISBN 13: 9781108003773
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Titel: Shakespeare and the Nature of Man (Cambridge...

Verlag: Cambridge University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2009

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Spencer's 1943 book investigates how conflicting Renaissance understandings of human nature are expressed in Shakespeare's works. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_110800377X

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Inhaltsangabe: Analysing Shakespeare's historical background and craft, Spencer's 1943 study investigates the intellectual debates of Shakespeare's age, and the effect these had on the drama of the time. The book outlines the key conflict present in the sixteenth century - the optimistic ideal of man's place in the universe, as presented by the theorists of the time, set against the indisputable and ever-present fact of original sin. This conflict about the nature of man, argues Spencer, is perhaps the deepest underlying cause for the emergence of great Renaissance drama. With detailed reference to Shakespeare's great tragedies, the book demonstrates how Shakespeare presents the fact of evil masked by the appearance of good. Shakespeare's last plays, especially The Winter's Tale and The Tempest, are also analysed in detail to show how they embody a different view from the tragedies, and the discussion is related to the larger perspective of general human experience.

Inhaltsangabe: Providing invaluable context to Shakespeare's work, Spencer examines the Renaissance conflict between the ideal picture of man and the given of original sin, and how this is expressed in Shakespeare's plays. This 1943 study demonstrates how this basic conflict underlies the emergence of great Renaissance drama.

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