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20 Jan 2003
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Tempests After Shakespeare shows how the 'rewriting' of Shakespeare's play serves as an interpretative grid through which to read three movements - postcoloniality, postpatriarchy, and postmodernism - via the Tempest characters of Caliban, Miranda/Sycorax and Prospero, as they vie for the ownership of meaning at the end of the twentieth century. Covering texts in three languages, from four continents and in the last four decades, this study imaginatively explores the collapse of empire and the emergence of independent nation-states; the advent of feminism and other sexual liberation movements that challenged patriarchy; and the varied critiques of representation that make up the 'postmodern condition'.


Description

Tempests After Shakespeare shows how the 'rewriting' of Shakespeare's play serves as an interpretative grid through which to read three movements - postcoloniality, postpatriarchy, and postmodernism - via the Tempest characters of Caliban, Miranda/Sycorax and Prospero, as they vie for the ownership of meaning at the end of the twentieth century. Covering texts in three languages, from four continents and in the last four decades, this study imaginatively explores the collapse of empire and the emergence of independent nation-states; the advent of feminism and other sexual liberation movements that challenged patriarchy; and the varied critiques of representation that make up the 'postmodern condition'.


Reviews

'A major work of scholarship that will need to be consulted by those in comparative literature and postcolonial studies as well as those in traditional areas of English literature scholarship. It is impressively thorough, up to date, yet disciplined, and filled with insight. ' - Bruce King


Contents

Introduction
PART I: CALIBANIC POST-COLONIALITY
The Deprivileging of Prospero
The Rise of Caliban
Caliban on the Edge
PART II: MIRANDA AND SYCORAX ON THE 'EVE' OF POSTPATRIARCHY
The Canadian Miranda and the Law of the Father
Caribbean Increments to Miranda's Story
Including America: The Indian Maiden and the Bedizened Crone
PART III: THE RETURN OF POSTMODERN PROSPERO
The Pleasures of Intergalactic Exile
The Other Niece of Utopia: Fantasy
Sinister Variants on Enclosure
Flaunting The Tempest: From 'Insubstantial Pageant' To Celluloid Fresco
Conclusion: The Selfish Game


Authors

CHANTAL ZABUS is Professor of English Literature, Postcolonial and Women's Studies at the University of Paris XIII. She has widely published in the field of postcolonial studies and comparative literature. She is author of The African Palimpsest, and has edited Le Secret: Motif et Moteur de la Litterature.