Reissued with a new preface and a new essay on Macbeth, King Lear, Othello, Coriolanius, Hamlet and The Winter's Tale, this famous collection of essays on Shakespeare's tragedies considers the plays as responses to the crisis of knowledge and the emergence of modern skepticism....
|Title||:||Disowning Knowledge: In Seven Plays of Shakespeare|
|Number of Pages||:||272 Pages|
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Disowning Knowledge: In Seven Plays of Shakespeare Reviews
This seems like a good purchase until you realise the seven plays of Shakespeare are sold separately. Disturbed by this new trend among publishers for day one DLC.If I have understood the fundamental concept of this* then it is very spooky. That skepticism might not provide a viable stance against uncertainty, but rather exacerbate it to the level of a pathological disorder is a bad result for philosophy, which is already having a bad millennium and imho should consider abandoning 4-4-2.*And I went to a good school so I definitely do and am a smart guy.
Very difficult to read; also among the best pieces on WS. Cavell contends that WS arrived at Cartesian skepticism before anyone else; that he tried to find his way around in a godless universe; that he exploded the idea of the self; that he looked at power from very close up and also from a great distance, in society and in the construction of personality...our moods do not believe in each otherknowledge can sink into presumption and pretended ownershipa person is more like a choice than a thing
"I assume that any complexity the average mortal finds in a play of Shakespeare’s is something Shakespeare is capable of having placed there. The critical question is: How? By what means? The question of whether an author intends any or all of what happens is a convenient defense against this critical question. [...] Imagining that to claim that an author means what he or she says is to claim that his or her intention has created all the conditions in conjunction with which intention does what it does [is to imagine that] the striking match creates the fuse it lights" (240; 243).
only read "Avoidance of Love" on Lear."There is hope in this play, and it is not in heaven. It lies in the significance of its two most hideous moments: Gloucester's blinding and Cordelia's death. . . ."
Dense and erudite, not a simple read. But a fascinating commentary on the tragedies of Shakespeare, especially Lear and Othello.
I liked this a lot, especially the essay after which this collection is named. One of the most insightful analyses on King Lear I've ever read.