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Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Johann Gottfried Herder
Translated by: Gregory Moore
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Format: Hardcover
# of Pages: 86
Pub. Date: 2008
ISBN-10: 0691135355
ISBN-13: 9780691135359

About the Book:

RARE BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available

Without Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803), we simply would not understand Shakespeare in the way we do. In fact, much literature and art besides Shakespeare would neither look the same nor be the same without the influence of Herder's Shakespeare (1773). One of the most important and original works in the history of literary criticism, this passionate essay pioneered a new, historicist approach to cultural artifacts by arguing that they should be judged not by their conformity to a set of conventions imported from another time and place, but by the effectiveness of their response to their own historical and cultural context. Rejecting the authority of a dominant and stifling French neoclassicism that judged eighteenth-century plays by the criteria of Aristotle, Herder's Shakespeare signalled a break with the Enlightenment, the approach of Romanticism, and the arrival of a distinctly modern form of aesthetic appreciation.

With a vivid new translation and a fascinating introduction by Gregory Moore, this edition of Herder's classic speaks to today's readers with undiminished power and persuasiveness.

What people say:

"Herder's essay on Shakespeare is not an antique. It has the same vitalizing power as the grand sequence of English critical Shakespeareans: Dr. Johnson, Coleridge, Hazlitt, Bradley, Empson, Kermode, and Nuttall. Gregory Moore's translation and introduction alike are admirably eloquent and illuminating." — Harold Bloom

"Leaping over centuries, [Herder] cast Shakespeare as the heir of Sophocles (making himself the heir of Aristotle), and an inspiration for a new Northern European art ... It still reads as a charmingly enthusiastic defence of what would become familiar terms of Romanticism and reminds us that the call to do things with German literature and theatre was couched in terms of doing things with Shakespeare." — Times Literary Supplement

"Moore and Princeton University Press should be credited for making this influential German philosopher's study available in English to Shakespearean scholars." — Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

"This new edition of Herder's essay on Shakespeare, energetically translated by Gregory Moore . . . presents the piece full of life, with exclamations and big rhetorical questions abounding." — Around the Globe

"Herder's essay is in its own right an intriguing read. Its re-examination of the development of tragedy should be of interest for any student of literature, as should its discussion of grandeur and catharsis in Aristotle. Moore's translation reads well, and is often impressively graceful ... [T]his is a pleasant edition of a historically important essay." — European Legacy

About the Author:

Gregory Moore is a Professor in History Department at Georgia State University. He previously taught at the University of St Andrews and the University of Wales Aberystwyth, and specializes in the intellectual history of Germany and in the history of science. His work focuses in particular on the German Enlightenment, the philosophy of history, and the reception of Darwinism. is Assistant Professor in History at the University of St. Andrews.