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Rapt In Secret Studies: Emerging Shakespeares Darryl Chalk

Rapt In Secret Studies: Emerging Shakespeares

Darryl Chalk

Published September 1st 2010
ISBN : 9781443823289
Hardcover
395 pages
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Rapt in Secret Studies: Emerging Shakespeares is a collection of new essays in Shakespeare Studies from a generation of scholars presently emerging out of Australia and New Zealand. These 18 essays respond in a myriad of ways to the challenge ofMoreRapt in Secret Studies: Emerging Shakespeares is a collection of new essays in Shakespeare Studies from a generation of scholars presently emerging out of Australia and New Zealand. These 18 essays respond in a myriad of ways to the challenge of Prosperos phrase from The Tempest, in which he tells his daughter Miranda that in his life before the island he had been rapt in secret studiesto an early modern audience, these words were likely to mean much more than a predilection for the black arts, as modern audiences tend to hear in them. Each of the key words used by Prospero evoked a range of meanings in early modern times, to which the emerging scholars represented in this collection responded by imagining new pathways in Shakespeare Studies, a field of study that has in recent times risked being marginalised even within the traditional liberal arts. The secret studies of which Prospero speaks are, in fact, more liberal than dark, and so the response by new scholars to a challenge issued by one of Shakespeares characters more than four centuries ago has a renewed sense of relevance in the academy today.