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New perspectives on the Shakespearean world / Richard Marienstras ; translated by Janet Lloyd.

Le Proche et Le Lointain (literally The Near and the Far) was first published in France in 1981, and this translation now makes available to English-speaking readers one of the most significant European contributions to Elizabethan cultural history to appear in recent years. In the conjunction - or conflict - of the 'near' and the 'far' Professor Marienstras discerns an underlying dichotomy of major importance to an understanding of the Shakespearean world. Otbello, The Tempest and John Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore are amongst the works discussed in detail in this highly imaginative series of inter-disciplinary studies, and the author sees in the juxtaposition of nature and culture, sacrifice and sacrilege, purity and impurity, nourishment and poison a structural opposition that renders unified and comprehensible thematic material at first sight random and meaningless., Bibliography, etc. note: Bibliography, p414-420. - Includes index. Language note: Translation of, 'Le proche et le lointain', Paris, Editions de Minuit, 1981.