9780192834140

The Tempest

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    9780192834140

  • ISBN10:

    0192834142

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-06-11
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

Though written near the end of his career, The Tempest stands first in Shakespeare's First Folio of 1623. Recently redefined by modern criticism as a romance, the play has been read as an escapist fantasy, a political allegory, and a celebratory fiction. Most often, however, The Tempest isinterpreted as a summary of Shakespeare's view of his own art of playwriting. In this edition, Stephen Orgel reassesses the evidence for each of these critical speculations, and finds the play to be both more open and more historically determined than traditional views have allowed. The text hasbeen newly edited, and includes a stage history of its production, from the radical revisions of Davenant, Dryden, and Shadwell to the recent stagings of Peter Hall, Jonathan Miller, and Peter Brook.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Introduction
1(88)
Beginnings and Issues
1(29)
First Appearances
1(3)
The Genre
4(1)
Readings and Interpretations
5(13)
Wives and Mothers
18(2)
Magic
20(3)
Caliban
23(5)
Suitors and Rapists
28(2)
The Renaissance Political Context
30(9)
Political Marriages
30(1)
Utopia and the New World
31(5)
Authority
36(3)
Epic and History Italy and Carthage
39(4)
The Masque
43(7)
Jacobean Court Spectacles
43(4)
The Masque as Image and Symbol
47(3)
Renunciation and Resolution
50(6)
Text and Date
56(8)
The Text
56(6)
The Date
62(2)
The Play on the Stage
64(25)
Editorial Procedures
89(4)
Abbreviations and References
89(4)
THE TEMPEST
93(114)
APPENDIX A The Seamanship of Act 1, Scene 1 207(2)
APPENDIX B The Strachey Letter 209(11)
APPENDIX C The Music 220(7)
APPENDIX D Florio's Montaigne 227(12)
`Of the Cannibals' 227(11)
From `Of Cruelty' 238(1)
APPENDIX E Medea's Incantation 239(3)
From Ovid, Metamorphoses, vii 239(1)
From The Fifteen Books of P. Ovidius Naso, Entitled Metamorphosis, (1567) 240(2)
Arthur Golding
APPENDIX F Lineation 242(3)
INDEX 245

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