Shakespeare s Sublime Ethos

The outcome of all this is a picture of the Shakespearean sublime in which the “matter” of the plays—the physical ... After distinguishing between rhetorical ethos and pathos, Chapter 2 examines how Shakespeare invents a sublime ethos ...

Author: Jonathan P. A. Sell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000407884

Category: Drama

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Shakespeare’s Sublime Ethos: Matter, Stage, Form breaks new ground in providing a sustained, demystifying treatment of its subject and looking for answers to basic questions regarding the creation, experience, aesthetics and philosophy of Shakespearean sublimity. More specifically, it explores how Shakespeare generates a sublime mood or ethos which predisposes audiences intellectually and emotionally for the full experience of sublime pathos, explored in the companion volume, Shakespeare’s Sublime Pathos. To do so, it examines Shakespeare’s invention of sublime matter, his exploitation of the special characteristics of the Elizabethan stage, and his dramaturgical and formal simulacra of absolute space and time. In the process, it considers Shakespeare’s conception of the universe and man’s place in it and uncovers the epistemological and existential implications of key aspects of his art. As the argument unfolds, a case is made for a transhistorically baroque Shakespeare whose "bastard art" enables the dramatic restoration of an original innocence where ignorance really is bliss. Taken together, Shakespeare’s Sublime Ethos and Shakespeare’s Sublime Pathos show how Shakespearean drama integrates matter and spirit on hierarchical planes of cognition and argue that, ultimately, his is an immanent sublimity of the here-and-now enfolding a transcendence which may be imagined, simulated or evoked, but never achieved.

Shakespeare s Sublime Pathos

Ethos explored how Shakespeare created a sublime mood which predisposed audiences intellectually and emotionally to experience the full onslaught of sublime pathos, the subject of this book. To do so, it considered Shakespeare's ...

Author: Jonathan P. A. Sell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000407877

Category: Drama

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Shakespeare’s Sublime Pathos: Person, Audience, Language breaks new ground in providing a sustained, demystifying treatment of its subject and looking for answers to basic questions regarding the creation, experience, aesthetics and philosophy of Shakespearean sublimity. More specifically, it explores how Shakespeare generates experiences of sublime pathos, for which audiences have been prepared by the sublime ethos described in the companion volume, Shakespeare’s Sublime Ethos. To do so, it examines Shakespeare’s model of mutualistic character, in which "entangled" language brokers a psychic communion between fictive persons and real-life audiences and readers. In the process, Sublime Critical platitudes regarding Shakespeare’s liberating ambiguity and invention of the human are challenged, while the sympathetic imagination is reinstated as the linchpin of the playwright’s sublime effects. As the argument develops, the Shakespearean sublime emerges as an emotional state of vulnerable exhilaration leading to an ethically uplifting openness towards others and an epistemologically bracing awareness of human unknowability. Taken together, Shakespeare’s Sublime Pathos and Shakespeare’s Sublime Ethos show how Shakespearean drama integrates matter and spirit on hierarchical planes of cognition and argue that, ultimately, his is an immanent sublimity of the here-and-now enfolding a transcendence which may be imagined, simulated or evoked, but never achieved.

Shakespeare s Sublime Ethos

On the sublime -- "Brightest heaven of invention" : sublime topics -- "The fairy way of writing" : sublime matter -- "Twixt heaven and earth" : sublime scenography -- Divine mechanisms : sublime form and shape -- Bastard art, innocent ...

Author: Jonathan P. A. Sell

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ISBN: 1032018151

Category: Sublime, The, in literature

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On the sublime -- "Brightest heaven of invention" : sublime topics -- "The fairy way of writing" : sublime matter -- "Twixt heaven and earth" : sublime scenography -- Divine mechanisms : sublime form and shape -- Bastard art, innocent experience -- Conclusions: Shakespeare's sublime ethos.

Shakespeare s Influence on Karl Marx

The Shakespearean Roots of Marxism Christian A. Smith. Routledge. Studies. in. Shakespeare. Shakespeare's Sublime Ethos Matter, Stage, Form Jonathan P. A. Sell Shakespeare's Sublime Pathos Person, Audience, Language Jonathan P. A. Sell ...

Author: Christian A. Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000519037

Category: Literary Criticism

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This volume presents a close-reading of instances of Shakespearean quotations, allusions, imagery, and rhetoric found in Karl Marx’s collected works and letters which provides evidence that Shakespeare’s writings exerted a formative influence on Marx and the development of his work. Through a methodology of intertextual and interlingual close-reading, this study provides evidence of the extent to which Shakespeare influenced Marx and to which Marxism has Shakespearean roots. As a child, Marx was home-schooled in Ludwig von Westphalen’s little academy, as it were, which was Shakespeare- and literary-focused. The group included von Westphalen’s daughter, who later became Marx’s wife, Jenny. The influence of Shakespeare in Marx’s writings shows up as early as his school essays and love letters. He modelled his early journalism partly on ideas and rhetoric found in Shakespeare’s plays. Each turn in the development of Marx’s thought – from Romantic to Left Hegelian and then to Communist – is achieved in part through his use of literature, especially Shakespeare. Marx’s mature texts on history, politics and economics – including the famous first volume of Das Kapital – are laden with Shakespearean allusions and quotations. Marx's engagement with Shakespeare resulted in the development of a framework of characters and imagery he used to stand for and anchor the different concepts in his political critique. Marx’s prose style uses a conceit in which politics are depicted as performative. Later, the Marx family – Marx, Jenny and their children - was a central figure in the late-nineteenth-century revival of Shakespeare on the London stage, and in the growth of academic Shakespeare scholarship. Through providing evidence for a formative role of Shakespeare in the development of Marxism, the present study suggests a formative role for literature in the history of ideas.

Shakespeare s Returning Warriors and Ours

Shakespeare, the Renaissance and Empire Volume II: Poetry, Philosophy and Politics Jonathan Locke Hart Shakespeare's Sublime Ethos Matter, Stage, Form Jonathan P. A. Sell Shakespeare's Sublime Pathos Person, Audience, Language Jonathan ...

Author: Alan Warren Friedman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000469769

Category: Drama

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Shakespeare’s Returning Warriors – and Ours takes its primary inspiration from the contemporary U.S. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) crisis in soldiers transitioning from battlefields back into society. It begins by examining how ancient societies sought to ease the return of soldiers in order to minimize PTSD, though the term did not become widely used until the early 1980s. It then considers a dozen or so Shakespearean plays that depict such transitions at the start, focusing on the tragic protagonists and antagonists in paradigmatic "returning warrior" plays, including Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Othello, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus, and exploring the psychological and emotional ill-fits that prevent warrriors from returning to the status quo ante after battlefield triumphs, or even surviving the psychic demons and moral disequilibrium they unleash on their domestic settings and themselves. It also analyzes the history plays, several comedies, and Hamlet as plays that partly conform to and also significantly deviate from the basic paradigm. The final chapter discusses recent attempts to effect successful transitions, often using Shakespeare’s plays as therapy, and depictions of attempts to wage warfare without inducing PTSD. Through the investigation of the tragedies and model returning warrior experiences, Shakespeare’s Returning Warriors – and Ours highlights a central and understudied feature of Shakespeare’s plays and what they can teach us about PTSD today when it is a widespread phenomenon in American society.

Shakespeare s Military Spouses and Twenty First Century Warfare

Routledge Studies in Shakespeare Rasa Theory in Shakespearian Tragedies Swapna Koshy Shakespeare's Audiences Edited ... Locke Hart Shakespeare's Sublime Ethos Matter, Stage, Form Jonathan P. A. Sell Shakespeare's Sublime Pathos Person, ...

Author: Kelsey Ridge

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000425369

Category: Literary Criticism

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This volume presents a fresh look at the military spouses in Shakespeare’s Othello, 1 Henry IV, Julius Caesar, Troilus and Cressida, Macbeth, and Coriolanus, vital to understanding the plays themselves. By analysing the characters as military spouses, we can better understand current dynamics in modern American civilian and military culture as modern American military spouses live through the War on Terror. Shakespeare's Military Spouses and Twenty-First-Century Warfare explains what these plays have to say about the role of military families and cultural constructions of masculinity both in the texts themselves and in modern America. Concerns relevant to today’s military families – domestic violence, PTSD, infertility, the treatment of queer servicemembers, war crimes, and the growing civil-military divide – pervade Shakespeare’s works. These parallels to the contemporary lived experience are brought out through reference to memoirs written by modern-day military spouses, sociological studies of the American armed forces, and reports issued by the Department of Defence. Shakespeare’s military spouses create a discourse that recognizes the role of the military in national defence but criticizes risky or damaging behaviours and norms, promoting the idea of a martial identity that permits military defence without the dangers of toxic masculinity. Meeting at the intersection of Shakespeare Studies, trauma studies, and military studies, this focus on military spouses is a unique and unprecedented resource for academics in these fields, as well as for groups interested in Shakespeare and theatre as a way of thinking through and responding to psychiatric issues and traumatic experiences.

The Shakespeare Multiverse

Shakespeare, the Renaissance and Empire Volume II: Poetry, Philosophy and Politics Jonathan Locke Hart Shakespeare's Sublime Ethos Matter, Stage, Form Jonathan P. A. Sell Shakespeare's Sublime Pathos Person, Audience, Language Jonathan ...

Author: Valerie M. Fazel

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000463576

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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The Shakespeare Multiverse: Fandom as Literary Praxis argues that fandom offers new models for a twenty-first century reading practice that embraces affective pleasure and subjective self-positioning as a means of understanding a text. Part critical study, part source book, The Shakespeare Multiverse suggests that fannish contributions to the ongoing expansion of the object that we call Shakespeare is best imagined as a multiverse, encompassing different worlds that consolidate the various perspectives that different fans bring to Shakespeare. Our concept of the multiverse redefines ‘Shakespeare’ not as a singular body of work, but as space where a process of inquiry and cultural memory – memories in the making, and those already made – is influenced and shaped by the technologies available to the reader. Characteristic of fandom is an intertextual reading strategy that we term cyborg reading, an approach that accommodates the varied elements of identity, politics, culture, sexuality, and race that shape the ways that Shakespeare is explored and appropriated throughout fannish reading communities. The Shakespeare Multiverse intersects literary theory, fan studies, and popular culture as it traverses Shakespeare fandom from the 1623 Folio to the age of the Internet, exploring the different textures of fan affect, from those who firmly uphold fidelity to the text to those who sit on the very edge of the fandom, threatening to cross over into Shakespearean anti-fandom. By recognizing the literary value of fandom, The Shakespeare Multiverse offers a new approach to literary criticism that challenges the limits of hegemonic authority and recognizes the value of a joyfully speculative critical praxis.

Shakespeare and Civil Unrest in Britain and the United States

Shakespeare, the Renaissance and Empire Volume II: Poetry, Philosophy and Politics Jonathan Locke Hart Shakespeare's Sublime Ethos Matter, Stage, Form Jonathan P. A. Sell Shakespeare's Sublime Pathos Person, Audience, Language Jonathan ...

Author: Mark Bayer

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000416893

Category: Literary Criticism

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Shakespeare and Civil Unrest in Britain and the United States extends the growing body of scholarship on Shakespeare’s appropriation by examining how the plays have been invoked during periods of extreme social, political, and racial turmoil. How do the ways that Shakespeare is adapted, studied, and discussed during periods of civil conflict differ from wars between nations? And how have these conflicts, in turn, affected how Shakespeare has been understood in these two countries that, more than any others, continue to be deeply shaped by Shakespeare’s complex, enduring, and multivalent legacy? The essays in this volume collectively disclose a fascinating genealogy of how Shakespeare became a dynamic presence in factional discourse and explore the "war of words" that has accompanied civil wars and other instances of domestic disturbance. Whether as part of violent confrontations, mutinies, rebellions, or within the universal struggle for civil rights, Shakespeare’s repeated appearance during such turbulent moments is more than mere historical coincidence. Rather, its inflections on the contested meanings of citizenship, community, and political legitimacy demonstrate the generative influence of the plays on our understanding of internecine strife in both countries.

Dramaturgies of Love in Romeo and Juliet

Routledge Studies in Shakespeare Rasa eory in Shakespearian Tragedies Swapna Koshy Shakespeare's Audiences Edited ... Locke Hart Shakespeare's Sublime Ethos Ma er, Stage, Form Jonathan P. A. Sell Shakespeare's Sublime Pathos Person, ...

Author: Jonas Kellermann

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000437829

Category: Drama

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Bringing together current intermedial discourses on Shakespeare, music, and dance with the affective turn in the humanities, Dramaturgies of Love in Romeo and Juliet offers a unique and highly innovative transdisciplinary discussion of "unspeakable" love in one of the most famous love stories in literary history: the tragic romance of Romeo and Juliet. Through in-depth case studies and historical contextualisation, this book showcases how the "woes that no words can sound" of Shakespeare’s iconic lovers nevertheless have found expression not only in his verbal poetry, but also in non-verbal adaptations of the play in 19th-century symphonic music and 20th- and 21st-century theatre dance. Combining methodological approaches from diverse disciplines, including affect theory, musicology, and dance studies, this study opens up a new perspective onto the artistic representation of love, defining amorous emotion as a generically transformative constellation of dialogic performativity. To explore how this constellation has become manifest across the arts, this book analyses and compares dramatic, musical, and choreographic dramatisations of love in William Shakespeare’s early modern tragedy, French composer Hector Berlioz’s dramatic symphony Roméo et Juliette (1839), and the staging of Berlioz’s symphony by German contemporary choreographer Sasha Waltz for the Paris Opera Ballet (2007).

Tragic Cognition in Shakespeare s Othello

Beyond the Neural Sublime Paul Cefalu ... Some Horizons of Compatibility Between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis', Ethos, 40 (75–96); and Thomas J. Csordas, 'Psychoanalysis and Phenomenology', Ethos, 40 (54–74), particularly pp.

Author: Paul Cefalu

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472521927

Category: Literary Criticism

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Paul Cefalu argues that Shakespearean characters raise timely questions about the relationship between cognition and consciousness and often defy our assumptions about “normal” cognition. The book will appeal to scholars and students interested in both the virtues and limitations of cognitive literary criticism.