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Shakespeare s Tragic Skepticism (Hardback)

Millicent Bell

Edité par Yale University Press, United States, 2003
ISBN 10: 0300092555 / ISBN 13: 9780300092554
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Titre : Shakespeare s Tragic Skepticism (Hardback)

Éditeur : Yale University Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2003

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. Readers of Shakespeare s greatest tragedies have long noted the absence of readily explainable motivations for some of Shakespeare s greatest characters: why does Hamlet delay his revenge for so long? Why does King Lear choose to renounce his power? Why is Othello so vulnerable to Iago s malice? But while many critics have chosen to overlook these omissions or explain them away, Millicent Bell demonstrates that they are essential elements of Shakespeare s philosophy of doubt. Examining the major tragedies, Millicent Bell reveals the persistent strain of philosophical skepticism. Like his contemporary, Montaigne, Shakespeare repeatedly calls attention to the essential unknowability of our world. In a period of social, political, and religious upheaval, uncertainty hovered over matters great and small--the succession of the crown, the death of loved ones from plague, the failure of a harvest. Tumultuous social conditions raised ultimate questions for Shakespeare, Bell argues, and ultimately provoked in him a skepticism which casts shadows of existential doubt over his greatest masterpieces. N° de réf. du libraire FLT9780300092554

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Synopsis : Readers of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies have long noted the absence of readily explainable motivations for some of Shakespeare's greatest characters: why does Hamlet delay his revenge for so long? Why does King Lear choose to renounce his power? Why is Othello so vulnerable to Iago's malice? But while many critics have chosen to overlook these omissions or explain them away, Millicent Bell demonstrates that they are essential elements of Shakespeare's philosophy of doubt. Examining the major tragedies, Millicent Bell reveals the persistent strain of philosophical scepticism. Like his contemporary, Montaigne, Shakespeare repeatedly calls attention to the essential unknowability of our world. In a period of social, political and religious upheaval, uncertainty hovered over matters great and small - the succession of the crown, the death of loved ones from plague, the failure of a harvest. Tumultuous social conditions raised ultimate questions for Shakespeare, Bell argues, and ultimately provoked in him a scepticism which casts shadows of existential doubt over his greatest masterpieces.

Critique: "Bell’s lucid analysis of the major tragedies gives depth and intelligent insight to the study of philosophical thought in the work of a great dramatist." -- David Bevington, University of Chicago

"There is much to commend in this book. Millicent Bell’s style is always clear and vivid; I cannot think of another work comparable to this one." -- Helen Vendler, Harvard University

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