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ISBN-10: 0199245223

ISBN-13: 9780199245222

Edition: 2002

Authors: Stanley Wells, Lena Cowen Orlin

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Edited by Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin, Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide provides a practical and stimulating guide to all aspects of Shakespeare studies. The volume comprises over 40 specially commissioned essays by an outstanding team of Shakespeare scholars; each essay is written in an accessible and engaging style, and is followed by annotated suggestions for further reading. The volume is divided into four key parts, which as a whole offer a valuable balance of factual and critical content. In the first Part, chapters provide information about and discuss Shakespeare, the theatres of his time, the society in which he lived, the language of his period, the conventions of playwriting, and his contemporary impact. The second Part offers critical overviews of Shakespeare's achievement in the principal genres, and each overview is followed by a practical reading exploring Shakespeare's use of the traditions, scope and boundaries of that genre in one of his key works. Part Three offers guidance to the principal current critical approaches in the study of Shakespeare: each chapter outlines a particular critical approach, and is followed by a reading applying that approach to one of Shakespeare's works; and Part Four offers chapters on topics relating to Shakespeare's intellectual and cultural impact over the ages.
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Book details

List price: $68.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/3/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 744
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.498
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Shakespeare's life and times
Why study Shakespeare?
Shakespeare's life and career
Theatre in London
Shakespeare's audiences
Conventions of playwriting
Shakespeare's fellow dramatists
The language of Shakespeare
Shakespeare's verse
The society of Shakespeare's England
Daily life in town and country
Love, sex, and marriage
Changing attitudes towards religion
Ideas of order
Shakespeare's view of the world
Shakespearian genres
Introduction
Romantic comedies
Reading: Twelfth Night, or What You Will
English history plays
Reading: Henry V
Tragedies
Reading: Macbeth
Roman plays
Reading: Julius Caesar
Romances
Reading: The Winter's Tale
Comical and tragical
Reading: Measure for Measure
Non-dramatic poetry
Reading: Shakespeare's sonnets
Unfamiliar Shakespeare
Shakespeare criticism
The critical tradition
Humanist interpretations
Reading: King Lear
Character criticism
Reading: Hamlet
Source study
Reading: As You Like It
Close reading
Reading: Richard III
Feminist criticism
Reading: Othello
Studies in sexuality
Reading: The Merchant of Venice
Psychoanalytic criticisms
Reading: Venus and Adonis
Materialist criticisms
Reading: Henry IV Part One
Post-colonial criticism
Reading: The Tempest
Deconstruction
Reading: Romeo and Juliet
Performance history: Shakespeare on the stage, 1660-2001
Reading: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Performance criticism
Reading: The Taming of the Shrew
Shakespeare's afterlife
Introduction
Shakespeare published
Shakespeare and the modern British theatre
Shakespeare on film and video
The question of authorship
Shakespeare's influence
Shakespeare and translation
Commemorating Shakespeare
Internet and CD ROM resources
Chronology
Index