The Tempest | Literature Criticism Other Voices: The Sweet, Dangerous Air(s) of Shakespeare's Tempest

This literature criticism consists of approximately 40 pages of analysis & critique of The Tempest.
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Jacquelyn Fox-Good, Illinois Institute of Technology

Most recent criticism of The Tempest has insisted upon the play's "worldliness," its status as a production of an imperial culture that was—at just the time (1611) the play was written and first performed—colonizing islands like the one Prospero inhabits and subjecting natives like Caliban. As is now quite familiar, these readings foreground the play's ideological and historical contexts, which have both "written" the play and "been written" by it. This emphasis is a crucial value of this approach, which must be seen, at least, as an interrogation of the long-dominant "idealist readings" of the play and of Prospero "as an exemplar of timeless human values," of the "profit" of language, "civilization," forgiveness...

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