The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare

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This book offers students and teachers 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 both traditional and recently defined subjects of Shakespeare studies. Helpful reference features include chronologies of the life and works, illustrations, detailed reading lists and a bibliographical essay.

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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: 9780521650946
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/23/2001
  • Series: Companions to Literature Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of illustrations; William Shakespeare: a partial chronology; A conjectural chronology of Shakespeare's works; 1. Shakespeare's life Ernst Honigmann; 2. The reproduction of Shakespeare's texts Barbara A. Mowat; 3. What did Shakespeare read? Leonard Barkan; 4. Shakespeare and the craft of language Margreta de Grazia; 5. Shakespeare's poems John Kerrigan; 6. The genres of Shakespeare's plays Susan Snyder; 7. Playhouses, players, and playgoers in Shakespeare's time John H. Astington; 8. The London scene: city and court Anne Barton; 9. Gender and sexuality in Shakespeare Valerie Traub; 10. Outsiders in Shakespeare's England Ania Loomba; 11. Shakespeare and English history David Scott Kastan; 12. Shakespeare in the theatre, 1660–1900 Lois Potter; 13. Shakespeare in the twentieth-century theatre Peter Holland; 14. Shakespeare and the cinema Russell Jackson; 15. Shakespeare on the page and the stage Michael Dobson; 16. Shakespeare worldwide Dennis Kennedy; 17. Shakespeare criticism, 1600–1900 Hugh Grady; 18. Shakespeare criticism in the twentieth century R. S. White; 19. Shakespeare reference books Dieter Mehl.

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