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Title: Rejecting the pale companion : mythemes of immortality in and beyond William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Author: Langdon, John Douglass
ISNI:       0000 0004 5993 8335
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis presents a simultaneous academic and creative engagement with a specific set of mythemes that relate to immortality, both within and beyond William Shakespeare's play, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. As specific archetypal elements, these mythemes — the forest, the lovers, the immortals, the knave, and the child — reflect the human preoccupation with immortality in various ways. As Shakespeare’s only play where immortal characters repeatedly differentiate themselves from mortals, 'Dream' provides an ideal touchstone for investigating how these mythemes characterize interactive presences that reflect immortality both within and beyond the boundaries of the play. Within the play, the mythemes function as characteristic but liminal presences, defining spaces within the play text in ways that aid and broaden 'Dream's dramatic function. The simultaneous creative and academic approaches deliberately echo the multiple perspectives and worlds within the play, leaving spaces between the two contrasting perspectives in the thesis to further reflect 'Dream's own generative spaces and further highlight the play's central ideas of regeneration and renewal. Creative segments also offer a look inside world of the play's immortal fairies, and how that world might suggest or deny human immortal potential.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: University of Birmingham
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.701838  DOI: Not available
Keywords: B Philosophy (General) ; PR English literature
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