By Judith M. Kennedy, Richard F. Kennedy
This learn strains the reaction to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from Shakespeare's day to the current, together with critics from Britain, Europe and the USA.
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Extra resources for A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare, the Critical Tradition)
Race and gender are not again so directly addressed in relation to Dream for more than a century. The author's emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual in the nature of the fairy queen is in line with an increasing interest in the philosophical content of the play, an interest which reflects the rise of the academic study of psychology. As early as 1856, Lloyd appeals to psychology to explain the relationship between supernatural agency and human passions (No. 35); Clarke, despite his softly warm and personal response to the play, still insists on Shakespeare's artistic care and 'intellectual power' in its creation (No.
In 1853 Morley (No. 31), wishing to plead for its success on stage, compromises on 'dramatic poem', although fourteen years earlier Knight (No. 19) had specifically rejected this term as inapplicable to any of Shakespeare's works. g. Heraud [No. 40], Snider [No. 47], Dowden [No. 49], Bates [No. 66]), but Furnivall (No. G. " I do not say a "play;" for .. 116 Lloyd (No. 35) had vigorously contested this view, but by the end of the century even those who share Lloyd's opinion are inclined to yield ground to the opposition, Wendell (No.
53 Joseph Warton (1756) is typical: 'With what wildness of imagination, but yet -with what propriety, are the amusements of the fairies pointed out, . . amusements proper for none but fairies'! 2-7, 'Fore the third part of a minute . . queint spirits'). 164-73, 'Be kind and courteous . . 54 Five years later George Colman also lauded the 'imaginary Beings' endued 'with suitable Passions, Affections, Dispositions, allotting them at the same Time proper Employment'. He added, 'to body forth, by the Powers of Imagination, the Forms of Things unknown, and to give to airy Nothing a local Habitation and a Name, surely requires a Genius for the Drama .
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare, the Critical Tradition) by Judith M. Kennedy, Richard F. Kennedy