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ISSN: 2456-7620

A Postcolonial Reading of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

A Postcolonial Reading of Shakespeare’s The Tempest ( Vol-2,Issue-6,November - December 2017 )

Author: Ishfaq Hussain Bhat

Keyword: Post-colonialism, domination, Prospero, Caliban, island.

Abstract: William Shakespeare (1564-1616) is beyond doubt the greatest dramatist of all time. He occupies a position unique in world literature. His plays earned him an international acclaim and acceptance as the best dramatist in the entire history of English literature. His play, The Tempest has been interpreted differently by critics belonging to different schools of thought. "The Post-colonial readings of The Tempest were inspired by the decolonization movements of the 1960s and 1970s in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America."1 The paper attempts a postcolonial reading of The Tempest by questioning Prospero’s ownership of the island and rethinking the role of Caliban.

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https://www.bl.uk/shakespeare/articles/post-colonial-reading-of-the-tempest

ijeab doi crossrefDOI: 10.24001/ijels.2.6.6

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