Wonder In Shakespeare

Hardcover | January 17, 2012

byA. Cohen

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Wonder is a highly ambivalent word and idea which can denote woe, horror, or terror on one hand and delight, jubilation, or ecstasy on the other. In the first part of this book, Adam Max Cohen embraces the many meanings of wonder in order to challenge the generic divides between comedy, tragedy, history, and romance to suggest that Shakespeare's primary goal in crafting each of his play worlds was the evocation of one or more varieties of wonder. In the second part of this book, seven esteemed scholars respond to Cohen's exploration and pay homage to his legacy.

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Wonder is a highly ambivalent word and idea which can denote woe, horror, or terror on one hand and delight, jubilation, or ecstasy on the other. In the first part of this book, Adam Max Cohen embraces the many meanings of wonder in order to challenge the generic divides between comedy, tragedy, history, and romance to suggest that Sha...

Adam Max Cohen earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and was an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His teaching interests included Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Early Modern Cultural Studies, History of Science, and Technology. His previous publications include Shakespeare and Technolog...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:January 17, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230105416

ISBN - 13:9780230105416

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PART I: Wonder in Shakespeare* Wonder, Amazement, and Surprise: Beginning a Stunning Story * Resurrections of the Living and the Dead: Natural and Spiritual Bodies andSouls*"Die to live": Various Forms of Empathetic Wonder * The Metaphorical Use of the Prodigious Birth Tradition *More of a Prodigy than a Prophecy * Wonder, Awe, and Admiration: Shakespeare’s Cabinets of Curiosity * Transalpine Wonders: Shakespeare’s Marvelous Aesthetics * PART II: Six Responses to Wonder in Shakespeare * Embodying Wonder - Maura Tarnoff * The Aesthetic Resurrection of the "death-mark'd" lovers in Romeo and Juliet - Janna Segal * The "Spectacle of Conversion," Wonder, and Film in The Merchant of Venice - M. G. Aune * God Save the King: Richard II in Wonder-land - Rebecca Steinberger *A World of (No) Wonder, or No Wonder-Wounded Heros Here: Toward a Theory on the Vanishing Mediation of "No Wonder" in Shakespeare's Theater - Kristin Keating and Bryan Reynolds *Passing for Truth: Wonder Tales and Their Audiences in Othello - Joshua B. Fisher

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'The final work in a too brief career, Adam Max Cohen's Wonder in Shakespeare is a kind of seminar on Shakespeare's multiple senses of 'wonder': prodigies, resurrections, and Miranda—things that should be looked at, including that young castaway in The Tempest. This is also a book about limits—the limits of language and the senses and how Shakespeare's plays capture and reflect that precious aspect of human experience." - William Germano, Cooper Union "Recommended."—CHOICE