The Tempest The Oxford Shakespeare The Tempest

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-06-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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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 is interpreted 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 has been 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.

Author Biography

Stephen Orgel is Professor of English, Stanford University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Beginnings and Issues
First Appearancesp. 1
The Genrep. 4
Readings and Interpretationsp. 5
Wives and Mothersp. 18
Magicp. 20
Calibanp. 23
Suitors and Rapistsp. 28
The Renaissance Political Context
Political Marriagesp. 30
Utopia and the New Worldp. 31
Authorityp. 36
Epic and History
Italy and Carthagep. 39
The Masque
Jacobean Court Spectaclesp. 43
The Masque as Image and Symbolp. 47
Renunciation and Resolutionp. 50
Text and Date
The Textp. 56
The Datep. 62
The Play on the Stagep. 64
Editorial Proceduresp. 89
Abbreviations and Referencesp. 89
The Tempestp. 93
The Seamanship of Act I , Scene Ip. 207
The Strachey Letterp. 209
The Musicp. 220
Florio's Montaignep. 227
'Of the Cannibals'p. 227
From 'Of Cruelty'p. 238
Medea's Incantationp. 239
From Ovid, Metamorphoses, viip. 239
From The Fifteen Books of P. Ovidius Naso, Entitled Metamorphosis, translated ... by Arthur Golding (1567)p. 240
Appendix F
Lineationp. 242
Indexp. 245
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