The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare [NOOK Book]

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This book offers a comprehensive, readable and authoritative introduction to the study of Shakespeare, by means of nineteen newly commissioned essays. An international team of prominent scholars provide a broadly cultural approach to the chief literary, performative and historical aspects of Shakespeare's work. They bring the latest scholarship to bear on traditional subjects of Shakespeare study, such as biography, the transmission of the texts, the main dramatic and poetic genres, the stage in Shakespeare's ...
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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare

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Overview

This book offers a comprehensive, readable and authoritative introduction to the study of Shakespeare, by means of nineteen newly commissioned essays. An international team of prominent scholars provide a broadly cultural approach to the chief literary, performative and historical aspects of Shakespeare's work. They bring the latest scholarship to bear on traditional subjects of Shakespeare study, such as biography, the transmission of the texts, the main dramatic and poetic genres, the stage in Shakespeare's time and the history of criticism and performance. In addition, authors engage with more recently defined topics: gender and sexuality, Shakespeare on film, the presence of foreigners in Shakespeare's England and his impact on other cultures. Helpful reference features include chronologies of the life and works, illustrations, detailed reading lists and a bibliographical essay.
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Editorial Reviews

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"...covers a great deal of ground that simply must be covered by anyone - student or scholar - who works on Shakespeare...These are extraordinarily useful essays." Shakespeare Quarterly

"It captures the fresh excitement of current scholarship." Providence Journal

"...first-rate...powerful scholarly contributors." Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance

"The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare delivers remarkably well.... all [the essays] are substantial and many explicitly invoke new approaches, attitudes, and methods.... There is, in short, some companionship for all in this timely and substantial volume." Sixteenth Century Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781139816007
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,295,777
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of contributors
Preface
William Shakespeare: a partial chronology
A conjectural chronology of Shakespeare's works
1 Shakespeare's life 1
2 The reproduction of Shakespeare's texts 13
3 What did Shakespeare read? 31
4 Shakespeare and the craft of language 49
5 Shakespeare's poems 65
6 The genres of Shakespeare's plays 83
7 Playhouses, players, and playgoers in Shakespeare's time 99
8 The London scene: City and Court 115
9 Gender and sexuality in Shakespeare 129
10 Outsiders in Shakespeare's England 147
11 Shakespeare and English history 167
12 Shakespeare in the theatre, 1660-1900 183
13 Shakespeare int he twentieth-century theatre 199
14 Shakespeare and the cinema 217
15 Shakespeare on the page and the stage 235
16 Shakespeare worldwide 251
17 Shakespeare criticism, 1600-1900 265
18 Shakespeare criticism in the twentieth century 279
19 Shakespeare reference books 297
Index 315
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