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Browning's Caliban : humanity, liminality and the search for transcendence


Browning's Caliban : humanity, liminality and the search for transcendence

MacCuish, Maureen (1999) Browning's Caliban : humanity, liminality and the search for transcendence. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This is a study of Browning's Caliban in terms of liminality and transcendence, taking into account earlier views of Caliban's character as derived from Shakespeare. The first chapter presents a context for considering the poem, provides a brief history of the evolution of the character, and locates the poem historically and thematically within Browning's work. The second chapter focuses on the concept of liminality and its application to Caliban in his situation, treating his monologue as a type of ritual performance. Chapter three concentrates more closely on the language, syntax and peculiar grammatical choices of the poem and what this reveals about the psychology of Caliban and his concept of himself. The fourth chapter centers on the transcendent element in Caliban as we follow his theological argument and imaginative flights, and as we recognize the fundamental angst underlying his search for understanding.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:MacCuish, Maureen
Pagination:iv, 125 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Thesis Supervisor(s):Miller, John
ID Code:966
Deposited By: Concordia University Library
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 17:15
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:15
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