The Tempest as Romance and Anti-Romance

  title={The Tempest as Romance and Anti-Romance},
  author={R. Hillman},
  journal={University of Toronto Quarterly},
  pages={141 - 160}
  • R. Hillman
  • Published 1986
  • Philosophy
  • University of Toronto Quarterly
By 1611, when The Tempest was probably written, Shakespeare's audiences had reason to count on certain basic returns from romantic comedy or tragicomedy. Above all, Sidney and Jonson notwithstanding, they could expect to travel widely—in place, in time, in the realm of imagination generally. The ultimate liberation offered was not from the spiritual oppression of tragedy, not even from the 'real' world, but from the tyranny of logic itself, the narrow bounds of possibility recognized by the… Expand
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