Educating Prospero: Misappropriating the Author(ity) of Books in The Tempest

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dc.contributor.authorThurman, Christopher
dc.contributor.editorHouliston,Victor
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-03T12:13:11Z
dc.date.available2019-09-03T12:13:11Z
dc.date.created2009
dc.date.issued2009
dc.description.abstractThis paper addresses the problematic function of books in The Tempest. It begins with a brief discussion of the character of Prospero, tracing the shifting critical attitudes to this complex character in ‘colonial era’ and ‘post-colonial’ readings of The Tempest. Prospero’s inconsistencies, and those of other characters in the play, are deemed in part to be the result of their reading: the literary currency of their (ancient and contemporary, ‘local’ and globalising) Mediterranean world. Similarly, it is argued, the contents of Prospero’s books – the ideologies informing them and informed by them – have been used to justify and perpetuate the process of colonisation. By contrast, Shakespeare’s play-world (considering the wider Renaissance context of the play’s composition) is seen to offer a critique of the printed word; his treatment of ‘book history’ in The Tempest in fact suggests the need for a reappraisal of the reception and dissemination of Shakespeare-as-author(ity).
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dc.description.urihttps://sasmars.wordpress.com/sasmars-journal/
dc.identifier.issn1017-3455
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dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12430/549091
dc.journal.titleSouthern African Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
dc.journal.volume19
dc.language.isoEnglish
dc.publisherThe Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (SASMARS)
dc.subjectMiddle Ages -- Periodicals.en_ZA
dc.subjectRenaissance -- Periodicals.
dc.subjectMiddle Ages.
dc.subjectRenaissance.
dc.titleEducating Prospero: Misappropriating the Author(ity) of Books in The Tempest
dc.typeJournal Article
local.PlaceUniversity of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein , Johannesburg
local.dctitlejournal.AbbreviationSAJMRS
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