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- DescriptionShakespeare's last plays, because of their apparent similarity in thematic concern, dramatic arrangements and stylistic features, are often considered by modern scholarship to form a unique group in his can. Their departure from the preceding great tragedies and their status as an artist's last works have long aroused scholarly interest in Shakespeare's lateness - the study, essentially, of the relationship between his advancing years and his final dramatic output, encompassing questions such as Why did Shakespeare write the last plays? , What influenced his writing? , and What is the significance of these plays? . Answers to these questions are varied and often contradictory, partly because the subject is the elusive Shakespeare, and partly because the concept of lateness as an artistic phemen is itself unstable and problematic. This book reconsiders Shakespeare's lateness by reading the last plays in the light of, but t bound by, current theories of late style and writing. The analysis incorporates traditional literary, stylistic and biographic approaches in various combinations. The exploration of the works (namely Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen), while underlined by an interest in their shared concern with the effect, power and the possibilities of art and language, also places an emphasis on each play's distinct features and contexts. A pattern of steady artistic development is revealed, bespeaking Shakespeare's continued professional energy and ongoing self-challenge, which are, in fact, at the centre of his working methods throughout his career. The book, therefore, proposes that Shakespeare's lateness is, in fact, a continuation of his sustained dramatic development.
- Author BiographyXing Chen's research area is Renaissance English literature, with a particular focus on Shakespeare's last plays. Her publications include several articles on Shakespeare studies in China Reading Weekly, a paper on late Shakespeare in the essay collection Essays on the History of British Literature (SFLEP 2013), and a forthcoming article on the labelling of Shakespeare's last plays in Literature Compass. Chen received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently Assistant Professor in the English Department at Nanjing University.
- Author(s)Xing Chen
- PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Date of Publication05/02/2015
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge Scholars Publishing
- Weight522 g
- Width148 mm
- Height212 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsWith dust jacket
- Edition Statement1st Unabridged
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