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“Lost in visual pleasure” : Charles Kean’s production of The Tempest

Nigri, L



S Bigliazzi

L Calvi


In critical history, Shakespeare's The Tempest has been interpreted as a reticent play, a fascinating and yet mysterious blend of magic and verisimilitude, narrative and drama, spectacle and meditation on death. The Tempest seems to raise fundamental issues without ever exhausting them, it captures and appropriates existing motifs and modes, and allows for later appropriations and re-mediations. Is its signifying potential still alive in the third millennium? Does it still speak to us? Revisiting The Tempest aims to explore that potential and examine the play's more 'intractable material' as a fertile source of significance.The essays that make up this collection range from investigations of the play's position within the European early modern dramatic heritage to its 'domestic' re-writings and/or adaptations in diverse theatrical contexts and media, while also interrogating the play's own resistance to interpretation. Rather than providing new meanings, Revisiting The Tempest explores how this drama makes meaning and reanimates it through time.


Nigri, L. (2014). “Lost in visual pleasure” : Charles Kean’s production of The Tempest. In S. Bigliazzi, & L. Calvi (Eds.), Revisiting The Tempest: The Capacity to Signify (171-182). Palgrave.

Publication Date Feb 1, 2014
Deposit Date Feb 2, 2015
Pages 171-182
Book Title Revisiting The Tempest: The Capacity to Signify
ISBN 9781137333131
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