Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies

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University of Delaware Press, 2003 - 327 pàgines
Dynamism of Character in Shakespeare's Mature Tragedies applies the systems theory of character to the analysis of the psychological and dramatic consistency of the main characters of Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. The theory considers human behavior in terms of functional equilibrium between the stable properties of the mind, independent of the pressures of the sociocultural environment and the immediate situational context. What we call character thus denotes an autonomous configuration of psychological elements, which ensure the consistency and continuity of individual identity, despite the influence of the changing external circumstances. intuitive, and impressionistic approaches to character criticism, to the New Critical aesthetic readings of Shakespeare's plays which often ignore psychology as a valid interpretive perspective, and to the more recent cultural materialist readings that consider dramatic characters solely as functions of external, sociocultural forces. Piotr Sadowski teaches English literature at the American College Dublin, Dublin Business School, and Trinity College Dublin.
 

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Continguts

Preface
7
Shakespeare and Character Criticism
13
Toward Systems Theory of Character
26
Dynamism of Character
49
Characters in Action
81
Hamlet
98
Othello
164
King Lear
219
Macbeth
273
Notes
300
Bibliography
318
Index
324
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