The Shakespeare Play as Poem: A Critical Tradition in Perspective by S. ViswanathanThe Shakespeare Play as Poem: A Critical Tradition in Perspective by S. Viswanathan

The Shakespeare Play as Poem: A Critical Tradition in Perspective

byS. Viswanathan

Paperback | February 4, 2010

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The dominant trend in the criticism of Shakespeare since the late 1920s has been the interpretation of the plays as dramatic poems. Dr Viswanathan provides a balanced critique as well as a comprehensive history of this movement. The book concludes by discussing the relationship between criticism and historical scholarship, and the conflict between 'literalists' and 'allegorists' in modern literary criticism, and advocates an eclectic approach. The book indicates the importance of Shakespearian criticism as part of the cultural and literary history of the age, showing the contribution to other disciplines such as philosophy and psychology. The book is thoroughly documented, and will be a useful reference work to scholars and students of Shakespeare and of twentieth-century literary criticism.
Title:The Shakespeare Play as Poem: A Critical Tradition in PerspectiveFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.55 inPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521129184

ISBN - 13:9780521129183

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; Abbreviations and usages; 1. Modern Shakespeare criticism: a pattern in the carpet; 2. The rise of the poetic interpretation of Shakespeare: the background and influences; 3. The 'spatial' interpretation of Wilson Knight (I); 4. The 'spatial' interpretation of Wilson Knight (II); 5. The 'thematics' of L. C. Knights: drama as 'moral experiment'; 6. The study of Shakespeare's imagery: Spurgeon and after; 7. Conclusion; Appendix; Select bibliography; Index.