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Rethinking Shakespeare's Skepticism
The Aesthetics of Doubt in the Sonnets and Plays
Suzanne M. Tartamella

Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies

2014 • 303 pp. 6 x 9"
Literary Criticism - Shakespeare / Literary Criticism - English / Drama Criticism

$70.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8207-0467-8

“Taking seriously the propensity of a poetry of praise and blame to turn its regard on itself, Tartamella traces a deeply rhetorical (rather than intellectual or social) element of doubt in the poems and plays, which she figures as the skeptical canker within the epideictic rose.” —SEL Studies in English Literature 1500–1900

Tartamella casts new light on seemingly quite familiar material — Shakespeare’s Sonnetsand a number of his plays, including Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Antony and Cleopatra. By placing the Sonnets within the context of the literary history of praise poetry, and exploring the underlying influence of early modern skepticism on Shakespeare’s writing, this book truly enhances our understanding of the subtleties and complexities in all of Shakespeare’s work.

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“Rather than looking at Shakespeare’s religious doubt, Tartamella is concerned with Shakespeare’s skepticism regarding the natural goodness of humankind. The research and learning of the study are commendable, the writing is professional, and the insights are welcome. . . . Recommended. All readers.” —Choice

SUZANNE M. TARTAMELLA is assistant professor of English at Henderson State University and previously taught at Gettysburg College. Her work has previously appeared in English Literary Renaissance; this is her first book.

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