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Shakespeare's Romances

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Title: Shakespeare's Romances
Author: Thorne, Alison (Ed)
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New Casebook offers a selection of the most lively and innovative contemporary criticism on the four late plays commonly known as Shakespeare's 'Romances': Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. New historicist, Marxist, feminist and psychoanalytic perspectives are all represented, alongside other readings that engage with less familiar issues such as nationalism, topography, religious politics and medico-moral discourse. Alison Thorne's introduction explores the much discussed question of how these plays should be classified generically, and traces the recurrence of certain preconceptions and critical stances in the reception of the Romances from the seventeenth century onwards.

Review: 'This volume brings together some of the best work of recent years on the so-called romances. Its editor, who is herself the author of a ground-breaking study of perspective in Shakespeare, prefaces the collection with a shrewd essay on the complexities of romance as a genre. Her essay and its survey of the critical field afford one of the most perceptive introductions to the topic so far. Like the best of her contributors, Thorne strikes a fine balance between theory and more traditional approaches to the field. An excellent collection and well worth owning.' - Professor R Weis, University College, University of London

Contents: Introduction; A.Thorne Shakespearean Comedy and Romance: The Utopian Imagination; K.Ryan Pericles and the Pox; M.Healy Liminal Geography: Pericles and the Politics of Place; C.C.Relihan Cymbeline and the Rescue of the King; R.Nevo The Masculine Romance of Roman Britain: Cymbeline and Early Modern English Nationalism; J.Mikalachki Masculine Authority and the Maternal Body in The Winter's Tale; J.Adelman The Winter's Tale and the Religious Politics of Europe; J.Ellison Caliban versus Miranda: Race and Gender Conflicts in Postcolonial Rewritings of The Tempest; J.G.Singh 'The Duke of Milan/And His Brave Son': Old Histories and New in The Tempest; D.S.Kastan Further Reading Notes on Contributors Index

Editor Biography: ALISON THORNE teaches in the Department of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde.

Contributors: JANET ADELMAN Professor and Department Chair at the University of California, Berkeley JAMES ELLISON Research Fellow at the University of Strathclyde MARGARET HEALY Lecturer in English at the University of Sussex DAVID SCOTT KASTAN Old Dominion professor in the Humanities at Columbia University JODI MIKALACHKI Associate Professor of English at Wellesley College in Massachusetts RUTH NEVO Retired Lecturer at the Hebrew University, Israel CONSTANCE C. RELIHAN Hargis Associate Professor of English at Auburn University KIERNAN RYAN Professor of English at Royal Holloway University of London and Fellow of New Hall, University of Cambridge JYOTSNA G. SINGH Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/11/2002
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780333679753
Publishing status: To Order
Shakespeare's Romances