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CALIBAN: IDEOLOGY MEETS IRONY
CALIBAN: IDEOLOGY MEETS IRONY

Author(s): Adrian Papahagi
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai
Keywords: Shakespeare; The Tempest; Caliban; Prospero; irony; ambiguity; against postcolonialism.

Summary/Abstract: Caliban: Ideology Meets Irony. The essay argues that Caliban works as an ironic counterpart of every character in The Tempest. Through his ambiguous and complex nature, the monster frustrates the fashionable ideological readings, which invariably reduce him to an illustration of the plight of natives at the dawn of colonialism.

  • Issue Year: 61/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 135-146
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English