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Wonder in Shakespeare

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Wonder in Shakespeare

  3. Six Responses to Wonder in Shakespeare

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 215-226

About this book


In the first part of this book, Adam Max Cohen embraces the many meanings of wonder in order to challenge the generic divides between comedy, tragedy, history, and romance and suggests that Shakespeare's primary goal in crafting each of his playworlds was the evocation of one or more varieties of wonder.


aesthetics comedy corpus eros god history history of literature living media metaphor theatre tradition tragedy truth William Shakespeare

About the authors

ADAM MAX COHEN earned his PhD from the University of Virginia, USA, and was an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. His teaching interests included Shakespeare, Renaissance Literature, Early Modern Cultural Studies, History of Science, and Technology. He is the author of Shakespeare and Technology: Dramatizing Early Modern Technological Revolutions and Technology and the Early Modern Self.

Bibliographic information


'The final work in a too brief career, Adam Max Cohen's Wonder in Shakespeare is a kind of seminar on Shakespeare's multiple senses of 'wonder': prodigies, resurrections, and Miranda things that should be looked at, including that young castaway in The Tempest. This is also a book about limits the limits of language and the senses and how Shakespeare's plays capture and reflect that precious aspect of human experience." - William Germano, Cooper Union

"Recommended." CHOICE