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Shakespeare plays

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!

Entertaining the Idea

Entertaining the Idea

Author: Lowell Gallagher Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/01/2021

To entertain an idea is to take it in, pay attention to it, give it breathing room, dwell with it for a time. The practice of entertaining ideas suggests rumination and meditation, inviting us to think of philosophy as a form of hospitality and a kind of mental theatre. In this collection, organized around key words shared by philosophy and performance, the editors suggest that Shakespeare's plays supply readers, listeners, viewers, and performers with equipment for living. In plays ranging from A Midsummer Night's Dream to King Lear and The Winter's Tale, Shakespeare invites readers and audiences to be more responsive to the texture and meaning of daily encounters, whether in the intimacies of love, the demands of social and political life, or moments of ethical decision. Entertaining the Idea features established and emerging scholars, addressing key words such as role play, acknowledgment, judgment, and entertainment as well as curse and care. The volume also includes longer essays on Shakespeare, Kant, Husserl, and Hegel as well as an afterword by theatre critic Charles McNulty on the philosophy and performance history of King Lear.

Shakespeare and Rome

Shakespeare and Rome

Author: Graham Holderness Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

In the first full length study to relate Shakespeare's Roman works to a longer history of the city of Rome, author Graham Holderness reads Shakespeare's Roman works Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra and Coriolanus via a double perspective, the ancient and the modern. He argues that for Shakespeare, Rome was not simply the republic and empire of antiquity, but a contemporary place that possessed its own meanings, retained its own legacies from the past, and was in the process of generating new meanings. Holderness presents a new take on the conflicts fought out in the plays, proposing that they were not just ancient Roman conflicts with relevance for sixteenth-century England, but were also shaped in early modern encounters with Rome as a place of fallen greatness and cultural revival, of growing ecclesiastical power, and of consolidating religious authority. He explains the ambivalence towards Rome that speaks throughout the Roman works, less in terms of the conflicts between ancient writers over the grounds of republican and imperial visions, and more in terms of St Augustine's polarization of Rome into earthly and heavenly cities, of sixteenth-century Rome's cultural and aesthetic character, and of the tense relationship for English Catholics between Protestant and papal authority. Finally the book extends the perspective to include the range of modern meanings attributed to Rome, and shows how these enter into critical readings, theatrical performances and screen adaptations of Shakespeare's Roman works.

Shakespeare and Game of Thrones

Shakespeare and Game of Thrones

Author: Jeffrey R. Wilson Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

It is widely acknowledged that the hit franchise Game of Thrones is based on the Wars of the Roses, a bloody fifteenth-century civil war between feuding English families. In this book, Jeffrey R. Wilson shows how that connection was mediated by Shakespeare, and how a knowledge of the Shakespearean context enriches our understanding of the literary elements of Game of Thrones. On the one hand, Shakespeare influenced Game of Thrones indirectly because his history plays significantly shaped the way the Wars of the Roses are now remembered, including the modern histories and historical fictions George R.R. Martin drew upon. On the other, Game of Thrones also responds to Shakespeare's first tetralogy directly by adapting several of its literary strategies (such as shifting perspectives, mixed genres, and metatheater) and tropes (including the stigmatized protagonist and the prince who was promised). Presenting new interviews with the Game of Thrones cast, and comparing contextual circumstances of composition-such as collaborative authorship and political currents-this book also lodges a series of provocations about writing and acting for the stage in the Elizabethan age and for the screen in the twenty-first century. An essential read for fans of the franchise, as well as students and academics looking at Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in the context of modern media.

Dream Sequences in Shakespeare

Dream Sequences in Shakespeare

Author: Meg Harris Williams Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2020

This book takes a new approach to Shakespeare's plays, exploring them as dream-thought in the modern psychoanalytic sense of unconscious thinking. Through his commitment to poetic language, Shakespeare offers images and dramatic sequences that illustrate fundamental developmental conflicts whose solutions are not preconceived but evolve through the process of dramatization. In this volume, Meg Harris Williams explores the fundamental distinction between the surface meanings of plot or argument and the deep grammar of dreamlife, applied not only to those plays known as 'dream-plays,' but also to critical sequences throughout Shakespeare's oeuvre. Through a post-Kleinian model based on the thinking of Bion, Meltzer and Money-Kyrle, this book sheds new light on both Shakespeare's own relation to the play and on the identificatory processes of the playwright, reader or audience. Dream Sequences in Shakespeare is important reading for psychoanalysts, playwrights and students.

Dream Sequences in Shakespeare

Dream Sequences in Shakespeare

Author: Meg Harris Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2020

This book takes a new approach to Shakespeare's plays, exploring them as dream-thought in the modern psychoanalytic sense of unconscious thinking. Through his commitment to poetic language, Shakespeare offers images and dramatic sequences that illustrate fundamental developmental conflicts whose solutions are not preconceived but evolve through the process of dramatization. In this volume, Meg Harris Williams explores the fundamental distinction between the surface meanings of plot or argument and the deep grammar of dreamlife, applied not only to those plays known as 'dream-plays,' but also to critical sequences throughout Shakespeare's oeuvre. Through a post-Kleinian model based on the thinking of Bion, Meltzer and Money-Kyrle, this book sheds new light on both Shakespeare's own relation to the play and on the identificatory processes of the playwright, reader or audience. Dream Sequences in Shakespeare is important reading for psychoanalysts, playwrights and students.

King Lear: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

King Lear: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

Author: Sparknotes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2020

Merchant of Venice: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

Merchant of Venice: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

Author: Sparknotes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2020

Tempest: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

Tempest: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

Author: Sparknotes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2020

Twelfth Night: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

Twelfth Night: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

Author: Sparknotes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2020

Othello: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

Othello: No Fear Shakespeare Deluxe Student Edition

Author: Sparknotes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2020

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Any Gender

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Any Gender

Author: Paul Sugarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2020

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Younger Men

Monologues from Shakespeare's First Folio for Younger Men

Author: Paul Sugarman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2020