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Stanley Cavell's American DreamShakespeare, Philosophy, and Hollywood Movies$
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Lawrence F. Rhu

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225965

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225965.001.0001

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Reading Cavell Reading The Winter's Tale

Reading Cavell Reading The Winter's Tale

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Stanley Cavell's American Dream

Lawrence F. Rhu

Fordham University Press

Stanley Cavell's essay entitled The Winter's Tale demonstrates, in the study of Shakespeare, the unusual power and influence of his work. Cavell's essay on The Winter's Tale has received serious consideration among interpreters despite the lack of explicit reference to traditional writings on this particular play. This essay has been an influence among professional practitioners of Shakespeare criticism because it practically does not talk about any such critics. Actually this reveals the humanistic context to which he appeals in situating the reflections on Shakespeare's romance. This chapter aims to read Cavell's readings of Shakespeare's writings, especially The Winter's Tale, as they stage the miracle of visible resurrection that defies credibility and thus brings out negative criticism or apprehensive rationalization.

Keywords:   essay, traditional writings, critics, humanistic context, skepticism, romanticism

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