Doing Shakespeare

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A thoroughly revised edition of the successful student text Doing Shakespeare, first published in 2005. The book's success lies in the close readings of speeches and scenes it gives students, demystifying the language of the plays and critical approaches to them.

This new edition introduces a new way of approaching Shakespeare's text, through ideas of performance and the actor's role and restructures the content to make it easier to navigate, ...

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Overview

A thoroughly revised edition of the successful student text Doing Shakespeare, first published in 2005. The book's success lies in the close readings of speeches and scenes it gives students, demystifying the language of the plays and critical approaches to them.

This new edition introduces a new way of approaching Shakespeare's text, through ideas of performance and the actor's role and restructures the content to make it easier to navigate, with clear signposting throughout, guiding students to the content most useful to them.

Simon Palfrey takes a direct approach to the common difficulties faced by students "doing" Shakespeare and tackles them head on in a no-nonsense style which makes the book especially accessible. He brings us much closer to the animate life of the plays, as things that are not finished monuments but living material, in process and up for grabs, empowering students to see opportunities for their own creative or re-creative readings of Shakespeare.

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"A dazzling study."—The Times (of London)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781408132142
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Series: Arden Student Guides Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 372
  • Sales rank: 945,298
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Palfrey is Fellow in English, Braesnose College, Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Words
1 Why all of these metaphors? 19
2 Why use two words when one might do? 39
3 Why the repetition? 58
4 Why the high style? 72
5 Why rhyme? 92
6 What difference does prose make? 106
7 Why all of these puns? 134
Pt. 2 Characters
8 What are these speaking things? 171
9 Where is a character? 190
10 Is direct self-expression possible? : the soliloquy 221
11 Did they do it? : sex and heroines 248
12 In search of Shakespeare's characters : Iago and Hamlet 269
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