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Shakespeare’s Philosopher King: Reading the Tragedy of King Lear
By author: Guy Story Brown
Product Code: H801
ISBN: 9780881461855
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 384
Product Format: Hardback
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The Tragedy of King Lear precedes Cymbeline, King of Britain, as the earliest of Shakespeare’s English history plays in the sense that it represents a primordial age when the “sceptered isle” of “England” was hardly yet even clearly differentiated from “Britain.”
Shakespeare’s Prince: The Interpretation of the Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth
By author: Guy Story Brown
Product Code: H868
ISBN: 9780881464337
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 360
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The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eighth is Shakespeare’s most thoughtful history play—it was about this play that Schlegel made his famous comment that “Shakespeare was as profound a historian as a poet.” Yet, this last play, Shakespeare’s lone Tudor history, was popular at its first playing and has proven a crowd pleaser whenever it has been performed. Ever seductive in its trappings of power and emphatic pomp and pageantry, it delineates in a political way the characters of England’s most surpassing statesman and her finest queen, as well as of the king thought most infamous of all by celebrated later English writers like Hazlitt and Dickens.
Sober Cannibals, Drunken Christians: Melville, Kierkegaard, and Tragic Optimism in Polarized Worlds
By author: Jamie Lorentzen
Product Code: P409
ISBN: 9780881462005
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 320
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Despite that they didn’t know each other, the writing styles of American writer Herman Melville (1819–1891) and Danish writer Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) complement each other, especially their humor, irony, penchants for paradox, and passions for imagery and poetics. In addition, their works similarly address issues of the world and time. Esthetic, ethical, social, philosophical, and theological paths on which they walk reveal similar footprints.
The C. S. Lewis Phenomenon: Christianity and the Public Sphere
By author: Samuel Joeckel
Product Code: P463
ISBN: 9780881464375
Publisher: Mercer University Press
Pages: 444
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The C.S. Lewis Phenomenon names the way in which Lewis’s presentations of Christianity in both his fiction and non-fiction depend upon the conventions of the public sphere—this study explores three facets of that phenomenon.
The Church Without the Church: Desert Orthodoxy in Flannery O’Connor’s “Dear Old Dirty Southland”
By author: M. K. Shaddix
Product Code: H903
ISBN: 9780881465280
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In the fifty years since her death, Flannery O’Connor studies have been conventionally delimited to two critical parameters: the South and the Church of Rome. This work challenges the conception of O’Connor as inherent to a monolithic South and to orthodox Roman Catholicism by problematizing the “Southern Gothic” trope, positing a non-canonical Southern realism, and repositioning O’Connor as essentially ecumenical in her private theology. The study contextualizes O’Connor’s work within the American scene by detailing the varied political and literary histories of the “North” and “South” as well as opposing the notion of region-specific aesthetics and a native anti-realist mode in the South.


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