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Overview

This book offers a comprehensive, readable and authoritative introduction to the study of Shakespeare. An international team of prominent scholars provides a broadly cultural approach to the chief literary, performative and historical aspects of Shakespeare's work.
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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: 9780521658812
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Companions to Literature Series
  • Pages: 348
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.98 (d)

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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