Arild Haaland


His Intellectual and Moral

Revised and translated from Norwegian
by Marianne Haslev Skånland in collaboration with the author

Special consultant: Richard Holton Pierce

Bergen 1993
2nd edition 2006

The book

The author and the translator

Translator's foreword


A  Emotions and reason in affairs of the heart

1.  A young man's endeavour. Romeo and Juliet
        The limits of a boy's life
        Society outside

2.  The poet observes. A Midsummer Night's Dream
        'The present' as a philosophy of life
        The theatre as an image

3.  First woman takes over. Antony and Cleopatra
        The love goddess
        The world is waiting

4.  The bankruptcy of reason. Othello and Iago
        With Machiavelli for a friend
        Nature as a danger

5.  Love turns into war. Troilus and Cressida
        The origin of aggressiveness
        The dramatist as sociologist

6.  Victorious women. As You Like It and Twelfth Night
        What happens in disguise?
        Roles and results

Summing up so far

B  Power, history and society

7.  Personality and politics. Coriolanus
        Romeo as statesman?

8.  Does history have a meaning? King Richard the Third
        What kind of mechanism?
        Richard, Duke of Gloucester
        Cowardly victims
        Limitation and background

9.  The concept of 'community' in King Lear
        The ruler
        King and fool
        The blood-bath at the end

10. The beginning and end of tragic themes. Titus Andronicus and Timon of Athens
        Early and late
        How wise are the embittered?
        Text as a sign of something else

11. A power-labyrinth. Macbeth
        Solidarity is wounded
        The personality disintegrates
        The opponent Malcolm

C  Exploring new depths

12. The Taming of the Shrew. Shakespeare and Spinoza
        Petruccio's recipe
        What is the meaning of 'sovereign' ?

13. The Life of Henry the Fifth - a play of triumph
        What goes before
        Royal splendour
        The warrior proposes marriage
        From fame to growth

14. Shakespeare's sexual morality. Measure for Measure
        Judges, offenders and victims
        Revelation as punishment
        The dramatist and God

15. Hamlet's failure
        Hamlet the hero
        The story
        Hamlet the innocent observer
        The first cracks in the glazing
        With a ghost as his banner
        The family of Polonius
        The ambitious intellectual
        Does Hamlet kill the fool?
        Human and political collapse

16. Turbulence resolved. The Tempest
        Prospero's world
        Airy spirit and poet
        From Miranda to Rousseau

17. Shakespeare, Ibsen and Plato
        A mode of understanding
        Myth and ritual
        Background and cause
        Text and life
        The work and its creator
        Logic and language
        Rationality and consequences
        Philosophy, doomsday and the theatre

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