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Shakespeare studies & criticism books

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Much Ado About Nothing: Language and Writing by Indira Ghose Much Ado About Nothing: Language and Writing

Much Ado About Nothing presents a world of glittering surfaces and exquisite social performances. The language of the play sparkles with a fireworks of wit and dazzling bouts of repartee, most memorably in the merry war of words between the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/11/2017

Much Ado About Nothing: Language and Writing by Indira (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) Ghose Much Ado About Nothing: Language and Writing
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Much Ado About Nothing presents a world of glittering surfaces and exquisite social performances. The language of the play sparkles with a fireworks of wit and dazzling bouts of repartee, most memorably in the merry war of words between the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/11/2017

Shakespeare and Authority Citations, Conceptions and Constructions by Katie Halsey Shakespeare and Authority Citations, Conceptions and Constructions

This book examines conceptions of authority for and in Shakespeare, and the construction of Shakespeare as literary and cultural authority.
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/11/2017

Coriolanus by SparkNotes Coriolanus

This guide helps make Shakespeare's play more accessible. It contains a complete text of the original work, along with a line-by-line modernisation and plenty of helpful commentary.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2017

Two Gentlemen of Verona by SparkNotes Two Gentlemen of Verona

This guide helps make Shakespeare's play more accessible. It contains a complete text of the original work, along with a line-by-line modernisation and plenty of helpful commentary.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2017

The Winter's Tale by SparkNotes The Winter's Tale

This guide helps make Shakespeare's play more accessible. It contains a complete text of the original work, along with a line-by-line modernisation and plenty of helpful commentary.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2017

Measure for Measure by SparkNotes Measure for Measure

This guide helps make Shakespeare's play more accessible. It contains a complete text of the original work, along with a line-by-line modernisation and plenty of helpful commentary.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2017

Richard II by SparkNotes Richard II

This guide helps make Shakespeare's play more accessible. It contains a complete text of the original work, along with a line-by-line modernisation and plenty of helpful commentary.
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/11/2017

As You Like it by Robert Shaughnessy As You Like it

A detailed account of the performance history of As You Like It through the modern period, focusing on landmark stage and film productions. -- .
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

Shakespeare Survey 70: Volume 70 Creating Shakespeare by Peter (University of Notre Dame, Indiana) Holland Shakespeare Survey 70: Volume 70 Creating Shakespeare
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The 70th in the annual series of volumes devoted to Shakespeare study and production. The theme is 'Creating Shakespeare'.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

Shakespeare and the Eighteenth-Century Miscellany by Christopher Salamone Shakespeare and the Eighteenth-Century Miscellany

Poetic miscellanies have been almost entirely neglected in studies of Shakespeare's textual transmission and canonical rise. And yet, during the eighteenth century alone, more than 850 fragments of Shakespearean texts were inserted into the century's miscellanies: each has a textual...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/10/2017

Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics by Patrick (University of Durham) Gray Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics

Shakespeare and Renaissance Ethics examines representations of moral choice in Shakespeare's plays, focusing on intellectual history, Montaigne, and Christian ethics.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017

Shakespeare's Stage Traffic Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre by Janet Clare Shakespeare's Stage Traffic Imitation, Borrowing and Competition in Renaissance Theatre

Contesting the notion of Shakespeare as originator, Clare demonstrates how Shakespeare adapted, imitated and borrowed from the work of others.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017

Shakespeare on Screen: Othello by Sarah (University of Le Havre) Hatchuel Shakespeare on Screen: Othello

An up-to-date survey of the key themes and debates surrounding screen adaptations and productions of Shakespeare's Othello.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017

Shakespeare on the University Stage by Andrew James (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) Hartley Shakespeare on the University Stage
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This collection is the first study of student Shakespeare productions at universities and colleges across the world.
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017

Coming Soon

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance by James C. (Henry B. and Patricia Bush Tippie Professor of English, Allegheny College) Bulman The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Performance
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Presents the most current approaches to Shakespeare in performance, including how experimental modes of performance ensure Shakespeare's contemporaneity; how and why audiences respond to performances as they do; how technology has revolutionized our access to Shakespeare, and cultural appropriation in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/11/2017

Broadcast your Shakespeare Continuity and Change Across Media by Stephen (National University of Ireland Maynooth, Ireland) O'Neill Broadcast your Shakespeare Continuity and Change Across Media
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This volume of essays contributes to current debates about Shakespeare in new media. It importantly develops the field by providing a comparativist approach to Shakespeare's dynamic media history. Contributors to Broadcast Your Shakespeare address the variety of ways Shakespeare texts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/12/2017

Stage Directions and Shakespearean Theatre by Gillian Woods Stage Directions and Shakespearean Theatre

What do `stage directions' do in early modern drama? Who or what are they directing: action on the stage, or imagination via the page? Is the label `stage direction' helpful or misleading? Do these `directions' provide evidence of Renaissance playhouse...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/12/2017

Shakespeare's Literary Lives The Author as Character in Fiction and Film by Paul Franssen Shakespeare's Literary Lives The Author as Character in Fiction and Film

In this book, Franssen investigates the use of Shakespeare as a fictional character in different literary genres, periods and cultures.
Format: Paperback - Released: 31/12/2017

Shakespeare's Props Memory and Cognition by Sophie Duncan Shakespeare's Props Memory and Cognition

Cognitive approaches to drama have enriched our understanding of Early Modern playtexts, acting and spectatorship. This monograph is the first full-length study of Shakespeare's props and their cognitive impact. Shakespeare's most iconic props have become transhistorical, transnational metonyms for their...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/01/2018

Shakespeare's Binding Language by John (Professor of English 2000, University of Cambridge) Kerrigan Shakespeare's Binding Language
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Shakespeare's Binding Language is an innovative, substantial but highly readable study exploring the significance in Shakespeare's plays of oaths, vows, contracts, pledges and the other verbal and performative acts by which characters commit themselves to the truth of things past,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018

Shakespeare's Originality by John (Professor of English 2000, University of Cambridge) Kerrigan Shakespeare's Originality
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This compact, engaging book puts Shakespeare's originality in historical context and looks at how he worked with his sources: the plays, poems, chronicles and romances on which his own plays are based.
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/01/2018

Reading Shakespeare's Soliloquies Text, Theatre, Film by Neil Corcoran Reading Shakespeare's Soliloquies Text, Theatre, Film

`Now I am alone,' says Hamlet before speaking a soliloquy. But what is a Shakespearean soliloquy? How has it been understood in literary and theatrical history? How does it work in screen versions of Shakespeare? What influence has it had?...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/01/2018

Reading Shakespeare's Soliloquies Text, Theatre, Film by Neil Corcoran Reading Shakespeare's Soliloquies Text, Theatre, Film

`Now I am alone,' says Hamlet before speaking a soliloquy. But what is a Shakespearean soliloquy? How has it been understood in literary and theatrical history? How does it work in screen versions of Shakespeare? What influence has it had?...
Format: Paperback - Released: 25/01/2018

Shakespeare's Artists The Painters, Sculptors, Poets and Musicians in his Plays and Poems by B. J. (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK) Sokol Shakespeare's Artists The Painters, Sculptors, Poets and Musicians in his Plays and Poems
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This study of the many poets, musicians and visual artists portrayed or described in Shakespeare's plays and poems reveals a fascination with art and its makers that continued to influence Shakespeare's work throughout his career. It also uncovers unexpected aspects...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/01/2018

Circumstantial Shakespeare by Lorna (Merton Professor of English Literature, Merton College, University of Oxford) Hutson Circumstantial Shakespeare
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Contrary to the view that Shakespeare was careless with plot details, Circumstantial Shakespeare reveals how he actually used circumstance to imply offstage actions, times, and places in terms of the motives and desires of his characters, thus creating coherent dramatic...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018

The Bible in Shakespeare by Hannibal (Professor of English, The Ohio State University) Hamlin The Bible in Shakespeare
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The Bible in Shakespeare is a critical study of the links between the two great pillars of English culture, the Bible and the works of Shakespeare.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018

Forensic Shakespeare by Quentin (Barber Beaumont Professor of the Humanities, Queen Mary University of London) Skinner Forensic Shakespeare
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Quentin Skinner highlights the use of judicial rhetoric in some of Shakespeare's most famous works, shedding new light on Shakespeare's reading and the intellectual base of his work.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018

Other books in this genre

Cleopatra I Am Fire and Air by Prof. Harold Bloom Cleopatra I Am Fire and Air

The second in a series of five short books about Shakespeare's most significant characters: Falstaff, Cleopatra, Lear, Iago and Macbeth.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2017

The Shakespeare Companion by J. C. Trewin The Shakespeare Companion

The perfect complementary guide to William Shakespeare's plays, poems and other written works.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2017

Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction by Jonathan F. S. (Distinguished Professor of English, UCLA) Post Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction
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Jonathan Post introduces all of Shakespeare's poetry, including the sonnets and his great narrative poems, and explores themes of love and lust in these works. He also considers the debates surrounding their disputed authorship, and the impact these poems had,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/10/2017

Shakespeare's Dramaturgy A Case Study of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth by Robert Blacker Shakespeare's Dramaturgy A Case Study of Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth

In Shakespearean Dramaturgy, Robert Blacker asks us to forget what we think we know about Shakespeare; his work should be rediscovered on our feet, in the rehearsal room and in performance. Staging Shakespeare today is a process of stripping away...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2017

Shakespeare'S London 1613 by David M. Bergeron Shakespeare'S London 1613

Incorporating material published and plays performed, Shakespeare's London 1613 creates a narrative and analysis of this crucial year. Political events, such as the death of the young Prince of Wales and the marriage of the royal daughter, changed the country...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies by Dennis Austin (University of New Hampshire, USA) Britton Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies
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This book asks new questions about how and why Shakespeare engages with source material, and about what should be counted as sources in Shakespeare studies. The essays demonstrate that source study remains an indispensable mode of inquiry for understanding Shakespeare,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Shakespeare Performance Studies by W. B. (Barnard College, Columbia University) Worthen Shakespeare Performance Studies
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This book looks at Shakespeare through performance, capturing the dialogue between performance, Shakespeare, and contemporary concerns in the humanities.
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/09/2017

Shakespeare and Conceptual Blending Cognition, Creativity, Criticism by Michael Booth Shakespeare and Conceptual Blending Cognition, Creativity, Criticism

Cognitive theory provides a wealth of new ideas that illuminate Shakespeare, even as he illuminates them, and the theory of blending, or conceptual integration, strikingly corroborates and amplifies both classic and current insights of literary criticism.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2017

Shakespeare and German Reunification The Interface of Politics and Performance by Emily Oliver Shakespeare and German Reunification The Interface of Politics and Performance


Format: Hardback - Released: 27/09/2017

The Shakespeare User Critical and Creative Appropriations in a Networked Culture by Valerie M. Fazel The Shakespeare User Critical and Creative Appropriations in a Networked Culture

While The Shakespeare User contributes to the burgeoning corpus of critical works on digital and Internet Shakespeares, this volume looks beyond the study of Shakespeare artifacts to the system of use and users that constitute the Shakespeare network.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Shakespeare's Poetics Aristotle and Anglo-Italian Renaissance Genres by Sarah Dewar-Watson Shakespeare's Poetics Aristotle and Anglo-Italian Renaissance Genres

The startling central idea behind this study is that the rediscovery of Aristotle's Poetics in the sixteenth century ultimately had a profound impact on almost every aspect of Shakespeare's late plays their sources, subject matter and thematic concerns. Shakespeare's Poetics...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Shakespeare's Pictures Visual Objects in the Drama by Keir (University of Bologna, Italy) Elam Shakespeare's Pictures Visual Objects in the Drama
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Keir Elam's book is the first full-length study of the role of graphic and iconographic images in Shakespeare and references performance history throughout. Chapters examine plays in which pictures are brought on stage as part of the dramatic action (Hamlet,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Shakespeare and Feminist Theory by Marianne (University of Pittsburgh, USA) Novy Shakespeare and Feminist Theory
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Are Shakespeare's plays dramatizations of patriarchy or representations of assertive and eloquent women? Or are they sometimes both? And is it relevant, and if so how, that his women were first played by boys? This book shows how many kinds...
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries by Charlotte Coffin Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries

This volume considers classical mythology in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The eleven essays approach tropes and figures from multiple perspectives: genre, gender, translation, classical reception and history. -- .
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Shakespeare's Tudor History A Study of Henry Iv Parts 1 and 2 by Professor Tom McAlindon Shakespeare's Tudor History A Study of Henry Iv Parts 1 and 2

This title was first published in 2002: An intensive study of Shakespeare's most ambitious and complex achievement in the historical mode. The book offers an account of the play's critical history from 1700 until the 1980s, deals with the aspects...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/09/2017

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