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Author Cohen, Derek.
Title Searching Shakespeare : studies in culture and authority / Derek Cohen.
Imprint Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2003.

Author Cohen, Derek.
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Tragedies.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Political and social views.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge and learning -- History.
National characteristics, English, in literature.
Politics and literature -- Great Britain.
Nationalism and literature -- England.
Literature and society -- England.
Literature and history -- England.
Individuality in literature.
Authority in literature.
Culture in literature.
Description 1 online resource (xv, 195 pages)
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-192) and index.
Contents Tragedy and the nation: Othello -- History and the nation: the second tetralogy -- Slave voices: Caliban and Ariel -- The scapegoat mechanism: Shylock and Caliban -- The self-representations of Othello -- King Lear and memory -- The past of Macbeth -- Messengers of death: the figure of the hit man -- 'noseless, handless, hack'd and chipp'd: broken human bodies.
Summary "Searching Shakespeare presents a political-historical exploration of Shakespeare's drama, examining the plays in the context of current ideological concerns - history, memory, marginality, and nationalism. Derek Cohen predicates his argument on the supposition that the individual, as much as the encompassing state, is subject to the shaping forces and machinery of the ideological surround." "Shakespeare's plays, Cohen argues, consistently portray the clash between the passionate search for individuality and the quest for social harmony as irresolvable. The playwright's uncanny ability to carry the reader to the edge of imaginary experience - far from the literal world that is made visible by the text - offers an entry into the subtextual and ironic underside of the dramas. It is in this dark and strange world of slavery, mutilation, sexual jealousy, and suborned murder that the implicit political biases of the plays are most evident and it is here, too, that a modern political analysis reveals why Shakespeare portrayed the quest for individuation and self-expression as necessarily ending in tragedy."--Jacket.
ISBN 9781442679689 (electronic bk.)
1442679689 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 666901004
Additional Format Print version: Cohen, Derek. Searching Shakespeare. Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, 2003 9780802087782 (DLC) 2004381622 (OCoLC)52455304

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