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Author Van Oort, Richard, author

Title Shakespeare's big men : tragedy and the problem of resentment / Richard van Oort
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, [2016]
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Summary Shakespeare's Big Men examines five Shakespearean tragedies--Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and Coriolanus--through the lens of generative anthropology and the insights of its founder, Eric Gans. Generative anthropology's theory of the origins of human society explains the social function of tragedy: to defer our resentment against the "big men" who dominate society by letting us first identify with the tragic protagonist and his resentment, then allowing us to repudiate the protagonist's resentful rage and achieve theatrical catharsis. Drawing on this hypothesis, Richard van Oort offers inspired readings of Shakespeare's plays and their representations of desire, resentment, guilt, and evil. His analysis revives the universal spirit in Shakespearean criticism, illustrating how the plays can serve as a way to understand the ethical dilemma of resentment and discover within ourselves the nature of the human experience."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 8, 2016)
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Coriolanus.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Hamlet.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Julius Caesar.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Macbeth.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Othello.
Anthropology in literature.
Desire in literature.
Good and evil in literature.
Guilt in literature.
Literature and anthropology.
Men in literature.
Protagonists (Persons) in literature.
Resentment in literature.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442622164 (electronic bk.)
9781442622166 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Big men