Shakespeare the Thinker

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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-cliches 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.

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'The delight of Nuttall's book springs not just from the incisiveness of his ideas but from the deftness with which he unfolds scenes and speeches. It is like walking through the countryside with someone who recognises every bird's song and each wild flower.' --John Carey, The Sunday Times

'Shakespeare was above all interested in the process of making sense of life ... A.D. Nuttall's Shakespeare the Thinker is a marvellously wise and humane account of that mind at work. Always highly intelligent and effortlessly readable, it is a book that draws a firm line under the age of 'theory' in Shakespeare studies.' --Jonathan Bate, The Sunday Telegraph

'A.D. Nuttall is an attentive, intelligent, common-sense reader of the plays. He has a good ear and a subtle mind, and delights in words and the placement of words.' --A.S. Byatt, The Guardian

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A. D. Nuttall was 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 also published by Yale University Press.

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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, United States, 2011. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. 224 x 157 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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-cliches 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. Codice libro della libreria AAH9780300136296

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Descrizione libro Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2007. Soft cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Paperback Edition. New paperback, handsome new illustrated cover on heavy matte-gloss laminated stock, immaculate smooth-cut text-block exterior, pristine end-papers on heavy white stock, pristine interior handsomely printed on excellent unblemished paper * 5.80" x 8.96" x 1.12", 0.60 kg, xii+428 (440) pp. * Preface (ix), Introduction (1), Coda (377), Notes (385), Index (403) * A.D. Nuttall's study of Shakespeare's intellectual preoccupations is a literary tour de force which crowns a distinguished career in Shakespeare scholarship. Certain questions engross Shakespeare from his early plays to the late romances: the nature of motive, cause, personal identity & relation, the proper status of imagination, ethics & subjectivity, language & its capacity to occlude & to communicate. Yet Shakespeare's thought, Nuttall demonstrates, is anything but static. The plays keep returning to, modifying & complicating his creative preoccupations. Nuttall allows us to hear & 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 & 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-cliches of his time, & this in its turn has led to an implicitly patronizing view of him as unthinkingly racist, sexist, & so on. Nuttall shows us that, on the contrary, Shakespeare proves again & again to be more intelligent & perceptive than his 21st-century readers. This book challenges us to reconsider the relation of great literature to its social & historical matrix. It is also, perhaps, the best guide to Shakespeare's plays available in any language. * "The delight of Nuttall's book springs not just from the incisiveness of his ideas but from the deftness w/ which he unfolds scenes & speeches. It is like walking through the countryside w/ someone who recognizes every bird's song & ea. wild flower. - John Carey, The Sunday Times * "Superlatives should not be squandered, but I would unhesitatingly chose this book as the best single-volume account of Shakespeare for students & general readers on either side of the Atlantic." - Graham Bradshaw, author of 'Shakespeare's Scepticism' * "If you want to meet a master in perfect control of his medium, then look no further: this is beautiful English & an unhurried display of the glorious potential of language." - The Economist. Codice libro della libreria 006309

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