The Shakespeare Project and Ensuing Essays

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For twenty-plus years on a small Midwestern campus, Dr Lewis has directed The Shakespeare Project, a seminar scrutinizing four-six plays per semester with a cadre of accompanying sonnets. Master a method of reading the Bard through focus on a small set vis--vis scattershot survey, his syllabi promise, and one not only could, but would want to read Shakespeare not for an age, but for all time (Ben Jonson ) all ones life. The Bards idiom, though complex, proves eminently comprehensible, as have observed such scholars as Kermode, Vendler, Bloom, Garber, Greenblatt, Nuttall, Booth, Eliot, Auden, and others. This book, the harvest of Lewis endeavor, consists of three parts: the seminar essay-syllabi; a collection of close readings of Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, Henry VIII, Timon, and The Sonnets; and a series of footnotes intended as mini-master essays on minutiae. The Project is grounded on the originary definition of scholarship as studying in school, and offers a revisionary reading of three minor characters in Shakespeares tragedies (Emilia, Albany, Siward), in the process of contending for a sensible coalescence of old-fashioned character criticism with New Critical and Poststructural perspectives. The text also formulates criteria for responsible reading via triple vision perceiving the work as at once reality, poem, and play a method forwarded through addressing ethical matters in the works: faith in Hamlet; conscience in Henry VIII; stewardship in Timon of Athens. The Shakespeare Project models reinfusing Shakespeare as terrain for critical thinking that affects everyday life.

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Ethan Lewis is Professor of English at the University of Illinois-Springfield. He has authored four books, including a monograph on Dorothy L. Sayers (with Robert McGregor), and Modernist Image, Reflexive Poetics, and The Shakespeare Project.

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