Shakespeare & the Denial of Death

Shakespeare & the Denial of Death

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James L. Calderwood offers a lively exploration of the ways in which Shakespeare dramatizes the strategies people employ to deal with and transcend the inevitability of death. In keeping with the views of Ernest Becker, Norman O. Brown, and others, Calderwood argues that the denial of death is fundamental to both individuals and their cultures. By drawing on a fascinating range of examples, he suggests how often and how variously Shakespeare dramatizes this desire for symbolic immortality.But I am constant as the northern star Of whose truefixed and resting quality There is no fellow in the firmament. ... The hands that were to have spoken against him with restraint and nobility a€” the manual equivalent to his own celestial worda€”anbsp;...

Title:Shakespeare & the Denial of Death
Author:James L. Calderwood
Publisher:Univ of Massachusetts Press - 1987


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