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Shakespearean Romance (Princeton Legacy Library) Hardcover – October 21, 1972

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  • Series: Princeton Legacy Library
  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (October 21, 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691062307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691062303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,861,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John J. Mclennon Jr. on September 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The following was taken off the book's flyleaf: If Shakespeare's last plays--Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, The Tempest, and Henry VIII--are to be neither debunked nor idealized but taken seriously on their own terms, they must be examined within the traditions and conventions of romance. Howard Felperin defines this relatively neglected literary mode and locates these plays within it. But, as he shows, romance was not simply an established genre in which Shakespeare worked at both the beginning and end of his career but a mode of perceiving the world that pervades and shapes his entire work. The last plays are examined to answer such questions as: How does Shakespeare raise to a higher power the conventions of romance available to him, particularly those of the native medieval drama? How does he bring us to accept these elements of romance? Above all, how does romance, the mode in which the imagination enjoys its freest expression, become the vehicle, not of beautiful, escapist fantasy but of moral truth? Howard Felperin is a member of the English Department at Yale University. "No more complete synthesis of the whole subject of romance in Shakespeare has ever been available. Professor Felperin shows great soundness of judgment and acuteness of perception. What he has to say is freshly put, and his book is a solid and splendid contribution."--David Bevington
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