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The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare An Introduction with Documents by Russ McDonald

The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare An Introduction with Documents


The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare An Introduction with Documents by Russ McDonald

This text provides a combination of well written, up-to-date background information and selections from primary documents. The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare introduces students to the topics most important to the study of Shakespeare in their full historical and cultural context. This second edition contains many new documents, particularly by women and other marginalized voices from the early modern period. There is also a new chapter on Shakespeare in performance, which introduces students to the great variety of productions of Shakespeare's works over the centuries.


'Excellent back-up text, will be particularly useful for tutorials and exam preparation.' - Ann Heilmann, University of Wales Swansea Reviews of the First Edition: 'The introductions are cogent, balanced and represent most of the recent trends in critical study of Shakespeare. The documents are well chosen, and the selections of passages result in the most useful sampling of Renaissance culture.' - Karen Raber, University of Mississippi 'This is the work of an engaged teaching scholar who has excellent judgement of what students in an introductory course need to know and of how to make it accessible. I am impressed as I read it by the command McDonald shows of great areas of scholarship and the zest with which he writes about challenging issues.' - Michael Warren, University of California, Santa Cruz'

About the Author

RUSS MCDONALD lectures in English at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

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Publication date

20th June 2001


Russ McDonald

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Palgrave Macmillan


400 pages


Shakespeare studies & criticism



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