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Shakespeare the Thinker

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Publisher Comments:

A. D. Nuttall's study of Shakespeare's intellectual preoccupations is a literary tour de force and comes to crown the distinguished career of a Shakespeare scholar. Certain questions engross Shakespeare from his early plays to the late romances: the nature of motive, cause, personal identity and relation, the proper status of imagination, ethics and subjectivity, language and its capacity to occlude and to communicate. Yet Shakespeare's thought, Nuttall demonstrates, is anything but static. The plays keep returning to, modifying, and complicating his creative preoccupations. Nuttall allows us to hear and appreciate the emergent cathedral choir of play speaking to play. By the later stages of Nuttall's book this choir is nearly overwhelming in its power and dimensions. The author does not limit discussion to moments of crucial intellection but gives himself ample space in which to get at the distinctive essence of each work.

Much recent historicist criticism has tended to "flatten" Shakespeare by confining him to the thought-clichés of his time, and this in its turn has led to an implicitly patronizing view of him as unthinkingly racist, sexist, and so on. Nuttall shows us that, on the contrary, Shakespeare proves again and again to be more intelligent and perceptive than his 21st-century readers. This book challenges us to reconsider the relation of great literature to its social and historical matrix. It is also, perhaps, the best guide to Shakespeare's plays available in English.

Review:

"While there are many books discussing Shakespeare's philosophy, this text will be in demand because of Nuttall's reputation as a scholar and author." Library Journal

Review:

"The best single-volume account of Shakespeare for students and general readers on either side of the Atlantic." Graham Bradshaw

Review:

"Tony Nuttall is my hero!...Nuttall's gifts all come together here: wisdom, sheer intelligence, immense learning, and a lifelong descent into the Shakespearean abyss." Harold Bloom

About the Author

A. D. Nuttall is professor of English at Oxford University and the author of numerous books, including A Common Sky: Philosophy and the Literary Imagination and Why Does Tragedy Give Pleasure? His books Two Concepts of Allegory and A New Mimesis: Shakespeare and the Representation of Reality are published by Yale University Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300119282
Author:
Nuttall, A. D.
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
England
Subject:
LIT015000
Subject:
England Intellectual life 16th century.
Subject:
England Intellectual life 17th century.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20070423
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.4 lb

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Product details 448 pages Yale University Press - English 9780300119282 Reviews:
"Review" by , "While there are many books discussing Shakespeare's philosophy, this text will be in demand because of Nuttall's reputation as a scholar and author."
"Review" by , "The best single-volume account of Shakespeare for students and general readers on either side of the Atlantic."
"Review" by , "Tony Nuttall is my hero!...Nuttall's gifts all come together here: wisdom, sheer intelligence, immense learning, and a lifelong descent into the Shakespearean abyss."
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