The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2462 Monday, 23 December 2002
Date: Saturday, 21 Dec 2002 12:15:03 -0500
Subject: New Book of Essays
Some list members may be interested to hear of a recently published
collection of essays, SPEAKING OF GRIEF IN ENGLISH LITERARY CULTURE -
SHAKESPEARE TO MILTON (Duquesne UP, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), edited by
Margo Swiss and David A. Kent)
To quote from the book jacket: "In the aftermath of deconstructive
analyses of literature, there has been a discernible turn toward
rediscovering the emotional textures of literature." The essays by
established and newer scholars seem to be bent on this quest.
After an informative introduction by Margo Swiss, the first essay, by
Fred B. Tomly is of interest to SHAKSPEReans. Entitled GRIEF, AUTHORITY
AND THE RESISRANCE TO COSOLATION IN SHAKESPEARE, it expresses a strong
critique of traditional consolatory modes expressed in condolences and
other efforts to comfort the afflicted. Though one could have wished for
a much more complete exploration of the theme in both MACBEHT and
HAMLET, the point is argued with force and conviction - and is more
successful in the approach to Edgar in KING LEAR.
Any lover of PARADISE LOST will enjoy reading the final essay by Margo
Swiss, entitled REPAIRING ANDROGYNY: EVE's TEARS IN PARADISE LOST.
Altogether an interesting and challenging read!
Merry Christmas to All,
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