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The Tempest and New World-Utopian Politics

Authors: Brevik, F.

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This study on New World-utopian politics in The Tempest traces paradigm shifts in literary criticism over the past six decades that have all but reinscribed the text into a political document. This book challenges the view that the play has a dominant New World dimension and demonstrates through close textual readings how an unstable setting at the same time enables and effaces discursively over-invested New World interpretations. Almost no critical attention has been paid to the play's vacuum of power, and this work interprets pastoral, utopian, and 'American' tensions in light of the play's forever-ambiguous setting as well as through a 'presentist' post-1989 lens, an oft-neglected historical and political paradigm shift in Shakespeare criticism.

About the authors

Frank W. Brevik is an assistant professor of English at LaGrange College.

Reviews

'In this fascinating analysis of The Tempest, Brevik breaks new, critical ground by reading Caliban as a figure from Old World mythology and folklore and Ferdinand as expressive of New World masculinity. His intriguing contention that the setting for Shakespeare's politically subversive romance is utopian, meaning nowhere, and cannot be limited to a specific geographical locale widens the range of possible literary and cultural contexts Virgilian, European, African, and American from the early pioneers to today the language of this dramatic text evokes. He impressively negotiates the theoretical labyrinth surrounding Shakespeare's enigmatic island, resulting in a concise, but nuanced map of the dizzyingly varied, interpretative heritage of The Tempest and its pedagogical usefulness in culturally diverse and globally aware classrooms today.' - Jennifer C. Vaught, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

'Brevik offers a provocative and clarifying overview of the controversies that have made The Tempest one of Shakespeare's most hotly debated plays. In the process, Brevik both offers his own valuable contribution to the on-going debate and addresses important pedagogical questions about the strengths and limitations of presentist literary interpretations.' - Gerald Graff and James Phelan, editors, The Tempest: A Case Study in Critical Controversy


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Rampant Politicization of Tempest Criticism—and Its Recent Discontents

    Brevik, Frank W.

    Pages 3-12

  • Teaching The Tempest in an American-Adamic Context: The New World Orthodoxy as Multicultural Pedagogy

    Brevik, Frank W.

    Pages 13-32

  • Such Maps as Dreams Are Made On: Discourse, Utopian Geography, and The Tempest’s Island

    Brevik, Frank W.

    Pages 35-54

  • Calibans Anonymous: The Journey from Text to Self in Modern Criticism

    Brevik, Frank W.

    Pages 55-68

  • The Tempest Beyond Post-Colonial Politics: Vargas Llosa’s The Storyteller as Topical Retrotext

    Brevik, Frank W.

    Pages 71-90

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Tempest and New World-Utopian Politics
Authors
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Frank W. Brevik
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-02180-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137021809
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-02179-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-43769-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 192
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