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See below for a selection of the latest books from Shakespeare plays category. Presented with a red border are the Shakespeare plays books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Shakespeare plays books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Shakespeare Survey Shakespeare Survey 72: Series Number 72

Shakespeare Survey Shakespeare Survey 72: Series Number 72

Author: Emma (University of Oxford) Smith Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

The 72nd in the annual series of volumes devoted to Shakespeare study and production. The articles are drawn from the programme of the International Shakespeare Conference held in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 2018. The theme is 'Shakespeare and War'.

Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

Author: Allie Esiri Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2019

William Shakespeare wrote at least 37 plays, 154 sonnets and a handful of longer poems and you can discover them all here. Each page of Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year contains an extract of his genius - a soliloquy, poem, quote or scene matched to the date. The introductory paragraphs serve as a window into the work, time and life of the greatest writer in the English language. This beautiful gift anthology is perfect for reading or sharing and brings you Shakespeare's best-known and best-loved classics alongside less well-worn extracts. With Allie Esiri's entertaining and insightful thoughts on each entry, this book will fill your year with wonder, laughter, wisdom and wit.

Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year

Author: Allie Esiri Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 19/09/2019

Shakespeare For Every Day of the Year is a magnificent collection of 366 poems from Shakespeare's oeuvre compiled by Allie Esiri: one to share on every day of the year. Reflecting the changing seasons and linking to events on key dates - funny for April Fool's Day, festive for Christmas - these poems are thoughtful, inspiring, humbling, informative, quiet, loud, small, epic, peaceful, energetic, upbeat, motivating, and empowering! Perfect for sharing with all the family, this CD is bursting at the seams with familiar favourites and exciting new discoveries. This soul-enhancing audio book is the perfect gift that will last the whole year, with a little bit of magic to hear every day.

Untimely Deaths in Renaissance Drama

Untimely Deaths in Renaissance Drama

Author: Andrew Griffin Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2019

In the decades before history was institutionalized as a scholarly discipline, historical writing was practiced by poets, record keepers, lawyers, sermonizers, mythologers, and philosophers. In the welter of competing forms of historical thought, early modern drama often operated as a site in which claims about the nature of historical change could be treated in their frequently conflicting variety. To explore this field of competing forms of historical explanation, Untimely Death in Renaissance Drama focuses on the problem of narrative abruption in a selection of historically-minded early modern plays as they rely on various strategies to make sense of biography and fatality. Arguing that narrative forms fail in the face of untimely death, Andrew Griffin shows that the disruption appears as matter of trauma, making the untimely death both a point of narrative conflict and a social problem. Exploring the formula that early modern dramatists used to make sense of lives and deaths, this book draws on the wider context of the period's culture of history writing.

As You Like it

As You Like it

Author: Robert Shaughnessy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

This book examines the modern performance history of one of Shakespeare's best-loved and most enduring comedies, and one that has given opportunities for generations of theatre-makers and theatre-goers to explore the pleasures of pastoral, gender masquerade and sexual ambiguity. Powered by Shakespeare's greatest female comic role, the play invites us into a deeply English woodland that has also been richly imagined as a space of dreams. The study retrieves the untold stories of stage productions in Britain, France and Germany, which include Royal Shakespeare Company productions starring Vanessa Redgrave, Eileen Atkins and Juliet Stevenson, the ground-breaking all-male productions at the National Theatre in 1967 and by Cheek by Jowl in 1992, and the versions directed by Jacques Copeau in Paris in 1934, and by Peter Stein in Berlin in 1977. It also addresses the four major screen versions of the play, ranging from Paul Czinner's 1936 film to Kenneth Branagh's seventy years later. -- .

Volpone'S Bastards Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Volpone'S Bastards Theorising Jonson's City Comedy

Author: Isaac Hui Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2019

Through studying Volpone's three bastard children - the dwarf, the androgyne and the eunuch ? from the theoretical argument of Freud, Lacan, Derrida and Foucault, this book discusses how Jonson's comedies are built upon the tension between death, castration and nothingness on one hand, and the comic slippage of identities in the city on the other. This study understands Jonson, first and foremost, as a comedy writer, linking his work with modern film comedies such as the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Monty Python. It is a new approach to Jonsonian studies, responding to the current Marxist-Lacanian studies of literature, film and culture made popular by scholars such as Slavoj Zizek, Alenka Zupancic and Mladen Dolar. While the book pays close attention to the historical context of Jonson's time, it brings him to the twenty-first century by discussing early modern comedies with modern critical theories and film.

Legal Reform in English Renaissance Literature

Legal Reform in English Renaissance Literature

Author: Virginia Lee Strain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/2019

This book investigates rhetorical and representational practices that were used to monitor English law at the turn of the seventeenth century. The late-Elizabethan and early-Jacobean surge in the policies and enforcement of the reformation of manners has been well-documented. What has gone unnoticed, however, is the degree to which the law itself was the focus of reform for legislators, the judiciary, preachers, and writers alike. While the majority of law and literature studies characterize the law as a force of coercion and subjugation, this book instead treats in greater depth the law's own vulnerability, both to corruption and to correction. In readings of Spenser's Faerie Queene, the Gesta Grayorum, Donne's 'Satyre V', and Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and The Winter's Tale, Strain argues that the terms and techniques of legal reform provided modes of analysis through which legal authorities and literary writers alike imagined and evaluated form and character.

Sacred and Secular Transactions in the Age of Shakespeare

Sacred and Secular Transactions in the Age of Shakespeare

Author: Sarah Beckwith, Kent Cartwright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/08/2019

The term secular inspires thinking about disenchantment, periodization, modernity, and subjectivity. The essays in Sacred and Secular Transactions in the Age of Shakespeare argue that Shakespeare's plays present secularization not only as a historical narrative of progress but also as a hermeneutic process that unleashes complex and often problematic transactions between sacred and secular. These transactions shape ideas about everything from pastoral government and performative language to wonder and the spatial imagination. Thinking about Shakespeare and secularization also involves thinking about how to interpret history and temporality in the contexts of Shakespeare's medieval past, the religious reformations of the sixteenth century, and the critical dispositions that define Shakespeare studies today. These essays reject a necessary opposition between sacred and secular and instead analyze how such categories intersect. In fresh analyses of plays ranging from Hamlet and The Tempest to All's Well that Ends Well and All Is True, secularization emerges as an interpretive act that explores the cultural protocols of representation within both Shakespeare's plays and the critical domains in which they are studied and taught. The volume's diverse disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches shift our focus from literal religion and doctrinal issues to such aspects of early modern culture as theatrical performance, geography, race, architecture, music, and the visual arts.

Sacred and Secular Transactions in the Age of Shakespeare

Sacred and Secular Transactions in the Age of Shakespeare

Author: Sarah Beckwith, Kent Cartwright Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/08/2019

The term secular inspires thinking about disenchantment, periodization, modernity, and subjectivity. The essays in Sacred and Secular Transactions in the Age of Shakespeare argue that Shakespeare's plays present secularization not only as a historical narrative of progress but also as a hermeneutic process that unleashes complex and often problematic transactions between sacred and secular. These transactions shape ideas about everything from pastoral government and performative language to wonder and the spatial imagination. Thinking about Shakespeare and secularization also involves thinking about how to interpret history and temporality in the contexts of Shakespeare's medieval past, the religious reformations of the sixteenth century, and the critical dispositions that define Shakespeare studies today. These essays reject a necessary opposition between sacred and secular and instead analyze how such categories intersect. In fresh analyses of plays ranging from Hamlet and The Tempest to All's Well that Ends Well and All Is True, secularization emerges as an interpretive act that explores the cultural protocols of representation within both Shakespeare's plays and the critical domains in which they are studied and taught. The volume's diverse disciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches shift our focus from literal religion and doctrinal issues to such aspects of early modern culture as theatrical performance, geography, race, architecture, music, and the visual arts.

The New Cambridge Shakespeare: The Early Quartos The First Quarto of `The Merry Wives of Windsor'

The New Cambridge Shakespeare: The Early Quartos The First Quarto of `The Merry Wives of Windsor'

Author: David (University of Leeds) Lindley Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2019

The First Quarto of The Merry Wives of Windsor is the most fascinatingly problematic of all the early Shakespearean texts. Was it an authorial first draft? Or a cut-down version of the better-known Folio text designed for acting? Or a text put together from faulty actors' memories? Or a reported text assembled by notetakers from attendance at the theatre? None of these theories, though advanced and interrogated for the last 250 years, is totally convincing. The Introduction to this edition explores the various attempts to make sense of the short version of the play, demonstrating the ways in which preferences for one theory or another reflect the changes in editorial theory and fashion over the centuries. The modernised text and its commentary enable the reader to enter into this ongoing and endlessly intriguing debate.

Macbeth: Arden Performance Editions

Macbeth: Arden Performance Editions

Author: William Shakespeare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

`I wish I had copies like this at Drama School. Essential notes on the language for those who will get up and speak it, not purely for those who will sit and study it. An incredibly useful tool with room on every page to make notes. Next time I'm in rehearsal on a Shakespeare play, I have no doubt that a copy from this series will be in my hand.' ADRIAN LESTER, Actor, Director and Writer Arden Performance Editions are ideal for anyone engaging with a Shakespeare play in performance. With clear facing-page notes giving definitions of words, easily accessible information about key textual variants, lineation, metrical ambiguities and pronunciation, each edition has been developed to open the play's possibilities and meanings to actors and students. Each edition offers: -Facing-page notes -Short, clear definitions of words -Easily accessible information about key textual variants -Notes on pronunciation of difficult names and unfamiliar words -An easy to read layout -Space to write notes -A short introduction to the play

The First Two Quartos of Hamlet A New View of the Origins and Relationship of the Texts

The First Two Quartos of Hamlet A New View of the Origins and Relationship of the Texts

Author: Margrethe Jolly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2019

It is nearly two centuries since the first quarto of Hamlet was rediscovered, yet there is still no consensus about its relationship to the second quarto. Indeed, the first quarto, the least frequently read Hamlet, has been dismissed as corrupt, inferior or a mutilated corpse, even though in performance it has been described as the absolute dynamo behind the play. Currently one hypothesis dominates explanations about the quartos' interrelationship. In its simplest form this hypothesis supposes that the first quarto (published 1603) was reconstructed from memory by one or more actors who had performed minor roles in a version of the second quarto (published 1604-5). The present study reports on a detailed linguistic reassessment of scholars' principal arguments for memorial reconstruction. The evidence - including a three way comparison between the underlying French source in Les Histoires Tragiques and the two quartos, the informal features, specific grammatical aspects, and a precise analysis of an actual, documented memorial reconstruction in 1779 - does not support the dominant hypothesis. Instead the cumulative evidence suggests that the earliest scholars to examine the first quarto were right: the 1603 Hamlet came first, and the second quarto is a substantial, later revision.