Shakespeare, William

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    Review of "Tragic conditions in Shakespeare: disinheriting the globe" by Paul A Kottman
    (Oxford University Press, 2010-05-27) Daalder, Joost
    Professor Kottman has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking book. It addresses very major issues, in what is for the most part quite an original way, and I found much of what I read illuminating. His main concern is accurately described on the dust jacket: ‘According to Kottman, the lives of Shakespeare’s protagonists are conditioned by social bonds—kinship ties, civic relations, economic dependencies, political allegiances—that unravel irreparably.’ As a generalisation this seems rather strong: there are, of course, also plays which work towards harmony after what seemed tragic difficulties, or which in general aspire towards happy endings without much suffering en route. Indeed, even in the case of a bleak tragedy like King Lear surely Lear is reconciled to Cordelia at the end even though she is murdered, and social order will be re-established by Edgar. Nevertheless, there are, in Shakespeare, indeed many instances of bonds which do unravel.
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    Review of "Hamlet and Japan" by Yoshiko Ueno, and "Otherwordly Hamlet" by John O'Meara
    (Oxford University Press, 1997) Daalder, Joost
    Much of 'Hamlet and Japan' is, in fact, devoted to exactly such criticism as one might find in Western compilations offering recent approaches to a Shakespeare play.
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    Shakespeare's attitude to gender in Macbeth
    (Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association, 1988-11) Daalder, Joost
    With the new interest in 'women's studies' there has been a whole flurry of works devoted to the question whether Shakespeare in any significant way discriminated against - or in favour of - women.
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    William Shakespeare: Othello
    (Flinders University English Discipline and South Australian English Teachers Association, 1991) Daalder, Joost
    Othello is not often thought of as a play primarily concerned with madness, yet that is what it is.
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    The Text of “King Lear” 2.2.136-145 in the ‘Arden 3’ Edition
    (Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2002) Daalder, Joost
    This paper considers the nature of R. A. Foakes's approach to editing 'King Lear', and how the latest Arden edition may be improved so as to bring it closer to what Shakespeare is likely to have written.
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    Review of "Puritans and Libertines: Anglo-French Literary Relations in the Reformation" by Richmond
    (Oxford University Press, 1984) Daalder, Joost
    Review of H.M. Richmond's book "Puritans and Libertines: Anglo-French Literary Relations in the Reformation" (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 1981). This book, according to Daalder, is a disconcertingly uneven one, not least because its virtues and vices are not immediately easy to define.