Feminist criticism is deeply interested in marriage and courtship customs, gender relations, and family structures.
In , for example, feminist interest tends to centre on Prospero’s dominating role as father and on the way in which Ferdinand and Miranda become engaged and, in effect, married when they pledge their love to one another in the presence of a witness—Miranda’s father.
Each In the essay that introduces this volume, Bruce Boehrer offers a view of Shakespeare’s play “as essentially an adaptive and living being, one that exists in a kind of ecological tension with its sources as well as with certain shifts in relation to time and space consistent with the development of early modern urban life," followed by a brief biographical overview by the editor, Robert C. The essays aim to provide a background to the title and author that is an historical, cultural, and biographical foundation for the reader.
This section opens with an examination of the play’s presentation of Friar Laurence, followed by an overview of the play’s critical reception.
2 Introductory Essays4 Critical Context Essays10 Critical Readings Essays Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars Introductory Essay by the Editor Chronology of Author's Life Complete List of Author's Works Publication Dates of Works Detailed Bio of the Editor General Bibliography General Subject Index in literary circles, theatre programs, and with general readers around the globe, one would assume that every facet of analysis regarding this iconic play had long ago been exhausted through relentless study and debate.
Its longevity and our persistence with it, however, only enhance, one of Shakespeare’s best-known tragedies.
Very little discussion has been made about the existence of trauma in Shakespeare's work and is a focus of another essay in this title.
Other topics of these essays include how Shakespeare "unleashes a blizzard of morbidity" in that there is a relationship between the play and universal space, and more focus on the balcony scene with a focus on the relationship between the natural world and build environment.
Deconstruction stressed the extent to which “meaning” and “authorial intention” are virtually impossible to fix precisely.
Translation and paraphrase are exercises in approximation at best..