"To locate The Tempest in the literary field does not necessarily foreclose the possibility of a particular reading of the play; rather, it simply requires that such a reading be grounded in a historically specific negotiation between the text and the normal political attitude of the theatre-audience" (Keesey 38).
This concept is fairly new to me. So far we have been looking at the authorial intention of a piece of literature by searching for what the author was trying to accomplish, or what the society was doing at the time period. This essay focuses more on the importance of the "theatre-audience", and finding the meaning of the text that Vanessa and I look for (as well as everyone else) lies in the interest of the audience in the specific time period. This seems more like a reader-response approach mixed with a historical approach, and I really am enjoying this approach to a piece of literature. Shakespeare created the characters' personas because he understood what the audience would appreciate, and thus, playing with their emotions when one of those characters performs in the play.The main idea that I disagreed with is the concept that Shakespeare's invite to have the audience in the time period pass a judgment on the character, provides the moral authority for the story. I think that could be true, but Shakespeare does know his audience, and knows what's going to appeal to them. I think that Shakespeare understood his audience's thoughts, which made him the genius that he was, but he could have made a play that didn't appeal to his audience, and it still would have been deep and meaningful.Posted by The Gentle Giant at February 12, 2007 6:15 PM