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The Tempest A Case Study in Critical Controversy



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Designed for "teaching the conflicts," this critical edition of Shakespeare'sThe Tempestreprints the authoritative Bevington text of the play along with 21 selections representing major critical and cultural controversies surrounding the work. The distinctive editorial material helps readers grapple not only with the play's critical issues but also with cultural debates about literature itself.The second edition includes four new readings, revised headnotes that more helpfully contextualize the critical essays, a portfolio of visual representations of Caliban, and an appendix on writing about critical controversies andThe Tempest.

Table of Contents



The Life and Work of William Shakespeare

The Text of The Tempest


Why Study Critical Controversies about The Tempest?

Literary Study, Politics, and Shakespeare: A Debate

George Will, "Literary Politics"

Stephen Greenblatt, "The Best Way to Kill Our Literary Inheritance Is to Turn It into a Decorous Celebration of the New World Order"

Sources and Contexts

Michel De Montaigne, from "Of the Cannibals"

William Strachey, from "True Repertory of the Wrack"

Sylvester Jourdain, from "A Discovery of the Barmudas"

Richard Hakluyt," Reasons for Colonization"

Bartolomé De Las Casas, from "Letter to Phillip, Great Prince of Spain"

New Daniel Wilson, "The Monster Caliban"

New A Portfolio of Images of Caliban

New E. M.W. Tilyard, From The Great Chain of Being

Ronald Takaki, The "Tempest" in the Wilderness

Shakespeare and the Power of Order

Frank Kermode, from Shakespeare: The Final Plays

Reuben A. Brower," The Mirror of Analogy: The Tempest"

New Leah Marcus, "The Blue-Eyed Witch"

The Postcolonial Challenge

Paul Brown, " ‘This Thing of Darkness I Acknowledge Mine’: The Tempest and the Discourse of Colonialism"

Francis Barker and Peter Hulme, "Nymphs and Reapers Heavily Vanish: The Discursive Contexts of The Tempest"

New Aimé Césaire, Scenes from A Tempest

Responding to the Challenge

Deborah Willis, "Shakespeare’s Tempest and the Discourse of Colonialism"

David Scott Kastian, " ‘The Duke of Milan /And His Brave Son’: Old Histories and New in The Tempest"

Meredith Anne Skura, from "Discourse and the Individual: The Case of Colonialism in The Tempest"

The Feminist Challenge

Ania Loomba, from Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama

Ann Thompson, " ‘Miranda, Where’s Your Sister?’: Reading Shakespeare’s

The Tempest"

New Writing about Critical Controversy in The Tempest

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