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A Search for Meaning

Critical Essays on Early Modern Literature

Paula Harms Payne

In its exploration of drama, poetry, and prose, this collection of nine essays invites students, teachers, and scholars to rethink their evaluations of Shakespeare, Milton, Sidney, Jonson, and other British writers of the Early Modern period. Using a formalist approach, A Search for Meaning establishes new critical perspectives that are dependent on close readings of the text and current secondary research and which carefully consider reader’s reactions.
Contents: George Klawitter: Hearing People Talk Naturally in Elizabethan Prose Fiction – Paula Harms Payne: Sidney’s Poet-Reader Dialectic: Theory and Practice – James H. Sims: Shakespeare and the Christian Reader: A Consideration of Shakespeare’s Faith and Moral Vision as Communicated Through the Text of His Plays – Christopher Baker: Ovid, Othello, and the Pontic Scythians – John M. Mercer: Ben De Bar as Falstaff, 1872-1877: St. Louis’s Gift to Shakespearean Performance in America – Jean MacIntyre: Prince Henry’s Satyrs: Topicality in Jonson’s Oberon – Clayton Delery: Dramatic Instruction and Misinstruction in Philip Massinger’s The Roman Actor – Sung-Kyun Yim: Samson and Harapha: Milton’s Anti-Heroism in Samson Agonistes – David Boocker: Milton and the Woman Controversy – Darrell Bourque: Dürer’s Hare – Darrell Bourque: Courtyard at Innsbruck Castle, after Dürer – Darrell Bourque: Dürer’s Apollo.