- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (April 7, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780521821896
- ISBN-13: 978-0521821896
- ASIN: 0521821894
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,757,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Disowning Knowledge: In Seven Plays of Shakespeare 2nd Edition
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"Cavell's essays on Shakespeare--deep, intellectually tenacious, and humane meditations on the nature of artistic genius--are thrilling and essential reading. They illuminate the relation between skepticism and theater, transform the language of literary criticism, and heighten the ethical significance of aesthetic response." Stephen Greenblatt, Professor of Literature, University of California, Berkeley
"These beautiful essays on Shakespeare, lucid, complicated, and deeply moving, are unique in recent criticism for the conversation they forge between philosophy and literature. Unified by the twin themes of knowledge and acknowledgement...the volume brings together some of the most remarkable literary essays in modern scholarship. To his now famous readings of six plays of Shakespeare, Cavell now adds a stunning new piece on Macbeth, containing complicated meditations about gender, sexuality, and humanity." Martha Nussbaum
"These insightful essays, the first of which was writter in 1969, remain immediate and relevant...." Choice
Reissued with a new essay on Macbeth this famous collection of essays on Shakespeare's tragedies considers these plays as responses to the crisis of knowledge and the emergence of modern skepticism provoked by the new science of the late 16th and early 17th centuries.
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using Shakespeare to support his hypothesis which have run away with him.