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Shakespeare studies & criticism books

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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

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

Oxford Literature Companions: King Lear by Carmel Waldron, Trevor Millum Oxford Literature Companions: King Lear
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Oxford Literature Companions offer student-friendly support for A Level set texts. This guide to King Lear is ideal for use in the classroom or for revision, providing insight into characterisation, contexts and critical views, along with activities that prompt a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/09/2017

Shaping Shakespeare for Performance The Bear Stage by Catherine Loomis Shaping Shakespeare for Performance The Bear Stage

This book collects essays by actors, directors, scholars, and teachers who are exploring the ways in which the plays of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries were-and still are-performed.
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

On the Authorship Controversy Evidence That Christopher Marlowe Wrote the Poems and Plays of William Shakespeare by Robert U. Ayres On the Authorship Controversy Evidence That Christopher Marlowe Wrote the Poems and Plays of William Shakespeare

Explores a historical deception has survived as a tradition for nearly 400 years, despite numerous challenges. This is the tradition that the works attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford-on-Avon were actually written by him, despite no evidence of schooling or...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/08/2017

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

This innovative collection explores uses of Shakespeare in a wide variety of 21st century contexts, including business manuals, non-literary scholarship, database aggregation, social media, gaming, and creative criticism. Essays in this volume demonstrate that users' critical and creative uses of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2017

The Shakespearean Forest by Anne Barton The Shakespearean Forest

Anne Barton's final book uncovers the pervasive presence of woodland in early modern drama, revealing its persistent imaginative power.
Format: Hardback - Released: 17/08/2017

Shakespeare, Bakhtin, and Film A Dialogic Lens by Keith Harrison Shakespeare, Bakhtin, and Film A Dialogic Lens

This book explores how Bakhtin's ideas can illuminate the compelling but uneasy fusion of Shakespeare and cinema. With a wide variety of tones, languages, cultural orientations, and thematic concerns, film directors have updated, translated, transposed, fragmented, parodied, and geographically re-situated...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/08/2017

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Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems by Jonathan F. S. Post Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems

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: 28/09/2017

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: 29/09/2017

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: 30/09/2017

Meaning by Shakespeare by Terence Hawkes Meaning by Shakespeare

We traditionally assume that the `meaning' of each of Shakespeares plays is bequeathed to it by the Bard. It is as if, to the information which used to be given in theatrical programmes, `Cigarettes by Abdullah, Costumes by Motley, Music...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Shakespeare's Workplace Essays on Shakespearean Theatre by Andrew (University of Reading) Gurr Shakespeare's Workplace Essays on Shakespearean Theatre

Andrew Gurr's work offers the best access to the original Shakespearean theatre. This is a selection of his key essays.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

Hide Fox, and All After What Lies Concealed in Shakespeares Hamlet? by J. D. Winter Hide Fox, and All After What Lies Concealed in Shakespeares Hamlet?

Is there anything more to say on Hamlet? Hide fox, and all after, a casual quip of the Prince, as he and his enemy the King start to hunt each other down, is taken as the title for this closely-considered...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

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

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: 06/10/2017

Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies by Dennis Austin Britton Rethinking Shakespeare Source Study Audiences, Authors, and Digital Technologies

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: 07/10/2017

Great William Writers Reading Shakespeare by Theodore Leinwand Great William Writers Reading Shakespeare

The Great William is the first book to explore how seven renowned writers Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Virginia Woolf, Charles Olson, John Berryman, Allen Ginsberg, and Ted Hughes wrestled with Shakespeare in the very moments when they were reading...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/10/2017

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

Shakespearean Tragedy by D. F. Bratchell Shakespearean Tragedy

This volume reflects changing critical perceptions of Shakespeare's works from Renaissance to modern times and celebrates the power of Shakespearean tragedy. The selection of critical reaction covers both the general concept of Shakespearean tragedy and its expression in the major...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

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

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

Other books in this genre

The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory by Andrew Hiscock The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory

The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory introduces this vibrant field of study to students and scholars, whilst defining and extending critical debates in the area. The book begins with a series of Critical Introductions offering an overview of memory...
Format: Hardback - Released: 14/08/2017

Shakespeare in the Theatre Mark Rylance at the Globe by Stephen Purcell Shakespeare in the Theatre Mark Rylance at the Globe

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Mark Rylance at the Globe Each volume in the Shakespeare in the Theatre series focuses on a director or theatre company who has made a significant contribution to Shakespeare production, identifying the artistic and political/social contexts...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/08/2017

Shakespeare in the Theatre Mark Rylance at the Globe by Stephen Purcell Shakespeare in the Theatre Mark Rylance at the Globe

Shakespeare in the Theatre: Mark Rylance at the Globe Each volume in the Shakespeare in the Theatre series focuses on a director or theatre company who has made a significant contribution to Shakespeare production, identifying the artistic and political/social contexts...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

Bodleian Library - Shakespeare's insults Desk Diary 2018 by Flame Tree Studios Bodleian Library - Shakespeare's insults Desk Diary 2018

Find new and ingenious ways to put someone rude in their place in this week-to-view desk diary full of witty Shakespearean insults from The Bodleian Library. With bright and colourful backgrounds, and sited sources for each quip, you'll find the...
Format: Diary - Released: 02/08/2017

Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness by Rhodri Lewis Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness

Hamlet and the Vision of Darkness is a radical new interpretation of the most famous play in the English language. By exploring Shakespeare's engagements with the humanist traditions of early modern England and Europe, Rhodri Lewis reveals a Hamlet unseen...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

Shakespeare in Hindsight Counterfactual Thinking and Shakespearean Tragedy by Amir Khan Shakespeare in Hindsight Counterfactual Thinking and Shakespearean Tragedy

This bold new study uses counterfactual thinking to enable us to feel, rather than to explain, Shakespeare s tragedies.
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 01/08/2017

Second Death Theatricalities of the Soul in Shakespeare's Drama by Donovan Sherman Second Death Theatricalities of the Soul in Shakespeare's Drama

Second Death seeks to revitalise our understanding of the soul as a philosophically profound, theoretically radical, and ultimately and counterintuitively theatrically realised concept.
Format: Electronic book text - Released: 01/08/2017

Impressive Shakespeare Identity, Authority and the Imprint in Shakespearean Drama by Harry Newman Impressive Shakespeare Identity, Authority and the Imprint in Shakespearean Drama

Shakespeare's supposed genius and universality is still thought to lie in his work's capacity to 'impress', 'imprint' or 'stamp' our hearts, minds and souls. But to what extent is Shakespeare's perceived impressiveness rooted in his own language of impression? Impressive...
Format: Hardback - Released: 28/07/2017

Shakespeare and the Politics of Commoners Digesting the New Social History by Chris (Professor of English, Rutgers University) Fitter Shakespeare and the Politics of Commoners Digesting the New Social History
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Counter-traditional re-readings of Shakespeare's plays, in the light of recent findings by the new social historians that the mass of ordinary commoners in Shakespeare's England held passionate political views and principles, frequently at odds with those of their rulers.
Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017

Birds and Other Creatures in Renaissance Literature Shakespeare, Descartes, and Animal Studies by Rebecca Ann Bach Birds and Other Creatures in Renaissance Literature Shakespeare, Descartes, and Animal Studies

This book explores how humans in the Renaissance lived with, attended to, and considered the minds, feelings, and sociality of other creatures. It examines how Renaissance literature and natural history display an unequal creaturely world: all creatures were categorized hierarchically....
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/07/2017

Queer Shakespeare Desire and Sexuality by Goran (Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada) Stanivukovic Queer Shakespeare Desire and Sexuality
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Queer Shakespeare: Desire and Sexuality draws together 13 essays, which offer a major reassessment of the criticism of desire, body and sexuality in Shakespeare's drama and poetry. Bringing together some of the most prominent critics working at the intersection of...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/07/2017

Women and Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century by Fiona (McGill University, Montreal) Ritchie Women and Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century
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This book establishes the significance of actresses, female playgoers and women critics in shaping Shakespeare's burgeoning reputation in the eighteenth century.
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

Shakespeare in the Marketplace of Words by Jonathan P. (University of Kansas) Lamb Shakespeare in the Marketplace of Words

This book explores the words, forms, and styles Shakespeare used to interact with the verbal marketplace of early modern England.
Format: Hardback - Released: 06/07/2017

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