An in-depth exploration, through his plays and poems, of the philosophy of Shakespeare as a great poet, a great dramatist and a "great mind."Written by a leading Shakespearean scholar Discusses an array of topics, including sex and gender, politics and political theory, writing and acting, religious controversy and issues of faith, skepticism and misanthropy, and closure EAn in-depth exploration, through his plays and poems, of the philosophy of Shakespeare as a great poet, a great dramatist and a "great mind."Written by a leading Shakespearean scholar Discusses an array of topics, including sex and gender, politics and political theory, writing and acting, religious controversy and issues of faith, skepticism and misanthropy, and closure Explores Shakespeare as a great poet, a great dramatist and a "great mind"...
|Title||:||Shakespeare's Ideas (Blackwell Great Minds)|
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Shakespeare's Ideas (Blackwell Great Minds) Reviews
Whatever your knowledge of Shakespeare, this book is for you. For the uninitiated it is a prompt to dig deeper, while to the knowledgeable it is a means to further one's understanding.Of course the mark of Shakespeare is that he combines wisdom with beautiful language and captivating stories and so his ideas cannot fairly be treated in isolation. Bevington knows this and is cautious yet incisive in his analysis and synthesis.One of my favourite discussions in the book surrounds Hamlet's admonition of Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern for intellectual presumption:"Why, look you now, how unworthy a thing you make of me! You would play upon me, you would seem to know my stops, you would pluck out the heart of my mystery, you would sound me from my lowest note to the top of my compass...".Bevington says:"Two ideas seem especially important to Hamlet in this passage: the uniqueness of the individual, and the difficulty of knowing. As one who attempts to know himself, he has nothing but impatience for those who think they have everything figured out."Bevington goes on to discuss how Hamlet shares his indignation with his friend Horatio - a philosophical Stoic.Illuminating critical appreciation.
In this book David Bevington attempts to ascertain what Shakespeare's ideas are on major topics such as religion, sexuality and gender, political systems, skepticism and death.Of course, the closer one tries to pin down Shakespeare to any school of thought, the more you realize that he is often weighing all sides of an issue and presenting them in an amazingly unbiased way.Bevington does take a stab at coming up with a 'Credo' for Shakespeare in the last chapter. I found this especially touching. I felt it was sort of Bevington's sweet summing up of what he holds true for Shakespeare after years of studying and teaching him, and it was poignantly reminiscent of Prospero.A lovely, expansive look at the works.
I adore David Bevington and his writings on Shakespeare. This is a subtle, well-written, well-argued reading of Shakespeare and his ideas. If you want to learn more about Shakespeare, or if you want to be inspired to read more Shakespeare, read anything by David Bevington.
A wonderful exploration of Shakespeare's thoughts on faith, education, life, and love. Bevington's imagined credo of the Bard which closes out the book is worth repeated readings.