Caliban

Caliban

[kal-uh-ban]
noun
the ugly, beastlike slave of Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
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Caliban (ˈkælɪˌbæn)
 
n
a brutish or brutalized man
 
[C19: after a character in Shakespeare's The Tempest (1611)]

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A declarative annotation language for controlling the partitioning and placement of the evaluation of expressions in a distributed functional language. Designed by Paul Kelly phjk@doc.ic.ac.uk, Imperial College.
["Functional Programming for Loosely-coupled Multiprocessors", P. Kelly, Pitman/MIT Press, 1989].
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caliban

a feral, sullen, misshapen creature in Shakespeare's The Tempest. The son of the sorceress Sycorax, Caliban is the sole inhabitant of his island (excluding the imprisoned Ariel) until Prospero and his infant daughter Miranda are cast ashore. Shakespeare gives Caliban some complexity, with the result that the character has drawn much critical attention, both in contrast to Ariel and Ferdinand and as a symbol, perhaps, of the natural human. Other interpreters consider him a representative of native peoples suffering under imperialist oppression.

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