Shakespeare is Hard, But So is Life: A Radical Guide to Shakespearian Tragedy

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Granta, 2002 - 164 pagine
Is Hamlet really mad or is the world mad? Is Othello merely gullible or is there something about his place in society that makes him vulnerable? Why can there be no happy ending to King Lear? In this radical approach to Shakespearean tragedy, Fintan O'Toole, Ireland's foremost theater critic, shows how Shakespeare's plays have been made unintelligible to modern students. O'Toole explains that the plays have been filtered through a series of ideas that have less to do with what Shakespeare actually wrote than with Victorian interpretations of the plots and characters. O'Toole challenges the traditional approach to the study of four key tragedies—Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth—and provides an entertaining appreciation of the dramatic qualities of each. This is a provocative and accessible guide for students, teachers, and anyone interested in gaining a fresh insight into the world's greatest playwright.

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I’m a firm believer that if you are a reader of English, you need to get at least one Shakespeare play under your belt as an adult. High schools trot out Shakespeare and try to make students ... Leggi recensione completa

Shakespeare is hard, but so is life: a radical guide to Shakespearean tragedy

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O'Toole, a drama critic for the Irish Times and New York Daily News and author of numerous books of literary criticism, contends that the Victorian approach to interpreting Shakespeare turns the ... Leggi recensione completa

Informazioni sull'autore (2002)

Fintan O'Toole, columnist and drama critic for the" Irish Times," is the author of seven books, including "A Traitor's Kiss "(FSG, 1998). His work frequently appears in a number of American magazines. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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