Review of "Tragic conditions in Shakespeare: disinheriting the globe" by Paul A Kottman

dc.contributor.author Daalder, Joost
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dc.date.issued 2010-05-27
dc.description This article is available for purchase or by subscription from the Oxford University Press website. Please note that no print copy is held in the Special Collections at Flinders University. en
dc.description.abstract 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. en
dc.identifier.citation Daalder, J., 2010. Review of "Tragic conditions in Shakespeare: disinheriting the globe" by Paul A Kottman. Review of English Studies, 61(250), 470-472. en
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1093/res/hgq042 en
dc.identifier.issn 1471-6968
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2328/35791
dc.identifier.uri http://res.oxfordjournals.org/content/61/250/470.extract
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en
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dc.rights.holder (C) Oxford University Press en
dc.subject English Literature en
dc.subject Poetry en
dc.subject English en
dc.subject Drama en
dc.subject Renaissance en
dc.title Review of "Tragic conditions in Shakespeare: disinheriting the globe" by Paul A Kottman en
dc.type Article en
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