The Resource Shakespeare and platonic beauty, John Vyvyan

Shakespeare and platonic beauty, John Vyvyan

Label
Shakespeare and platonic beauty
Title
Shakespeare and platonic beauty
Statement of responsibility
John Vyvyan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Looking at some of the Shakespearean comedies, author John Vyvyan suggests they express a consistent, profoundly Christian philosophy of life based on the Platonic ideas of beauty and love. In A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, and All's Well That Ends Well, the heroines bring to life the idea of love as the force that is awakened in the world by beauty which then leads the soul to perfection. Vyvyan believes that for Shakespeare, love was preeminent over human ideas of justice, that self-discovery was a supreme human experience, and that breaking faith with the idealas Agamemnon, Cressida, and Hector all do in Troilus and Cressida sowed the seeds of tragedy. The author's recognition of Shakespeare's use of allegory enables him to make sense of certain developments in these plays that seem weak or absurd from the psychological standpoint. He does not suggest that Shakespeare's philosophy is the most important thing about his plays; it is simply one thing about them that ought to be known. The recognition of this philosophy enhances enjoyment of the plays, giving them a new dimension and richness. This edition contains a list of the author's Shakespearean references and an enhanced index
Cataloging source
E7B
Dewey number
822.33
Index
index present
LC call number
PR3069.L6
LC item number
V98 2013eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Label
Shakespeare and platonic beauty, John Vyvyan
Publication
Note
Includes index
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Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Front Cover; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Epigraph; Publishers' Note; 1 -- Theseus and Hippolyta; 2 -- The Classical Background; 3 -- Plato in Florence; 4 -- An Introduction to the Heroine as the Heavenly Venus; 5 -- A Midsummer Night's Dream; 6 -- As You Like It; 7 -- All's Well that Ends Well; 8 -- Troilus and Cressida; 9 -- Conclusion; APPENDICES; 1 -- Selected Stanzas from An Hymne in Honour of Beautie; 2 -- Passages from Marsilio Ficino's Commentary on the Symposium; 3 -- Pico della Mirandola's Version of the Ascent; Author's Shakespearean References; Index
Control code
ocn857064856
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 221 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780856834080
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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6cac980d-51d4-4541-be4b-c80415843fd0
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b35613786
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)857064856
  • pebcs0856834084

Library Locations

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