The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare / Edition 2

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Overview

"Written by a team of leading international scholars, this Companion is designed to illuminate Shakespeare's works through discussion of the key topics of Shakespeare studies. Twenty-one brand new essays provide lively and authoritative approaches to recent scholarship and criticism for readers keen to expand their knowledge and appreciation of Shakespeare. The book contains stimulating chapters on traditional topics such as Shakespeare's biography and the transmission of his texts. Individual readings of the plays are given in the context of genre as well as through the cultural and historical perspectives of race, sexuality and gender, and politics and religion. Essays on performance survey the latest digital media as well as stage and film. Throughout the volume, contributors discuss Shakespeare in a global as well as a national context, a dramatist with a long and constantly mutating history of reception and performance"--Provided by publisher.

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Editorial Reviews

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'As the introduction to this volume points out, this is the fifth volume to bear its title, and together they form a fascinating chronicle of the ways in which Shakespeare - plays, poems, person - has been addressed over these years … Like the plays themselves, the essays are enriched by cross comparison; and it is to the plays that they repeatedly return us, the most that can be asked of a companion of this order.' Cahiers Élisabéthains
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521713931
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 380
  • Sales rank: 465,874
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Margreta de Grazia is the Sheli Z. and Burt X. Rosenberg Chair in the Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Stanley Wells is Chairman of the Trustees of Shakespeare's Birthplace and Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations

William Shakespeare: a partial chronology

A conjectural chronology of Shakespeare's works

1 The traces of Shakespeare's life Stephen Greenblatt Greenblatt, Stephen 1

2 Shakespeare's reading Jeff Dolven Dolven, Jeff Sean Keilen Keilen, Sean 15

3 Shakespeare's writing: from manuscript to print H. R. Woudhuysen Woudhuysen, H. R. 31

4 The theatre of Shakespeare's London Tiffany Stern Stern, Tiffany 45

5 The transmission of Shakespeare's texts Andrew Murphy Murphy, Andrew 61

6 Shakespeare and language Jonathan Hope Hope, Jonathan 77

7 Shakespeare the poet Colin Burrow Burrow, Colin 91

8 Shakespeare's comedies Stanley Wells Wells, Stanley 105

9 Shakespeare's tragedies Michael Neill Neill, Michael 121

10 Shakespeare's English history plays Ton Hoenselaars Hoenselaars, Ton 137

11 Shakespeare's classical plays Heather James James, Heather 153

12 Shakespeare's tragicomedies Janette Dillon Dillon, Janette 169

13 Shakespeare, religion and politics Claire McEachern McEachern, Claire 185

14 Shakespeare and race Jonathan Gil Harris Harris, Jonathan Gil 201

15 Shakespeare, sexuality and gender Stephen Orgel Orgel, Stephen 217

16 Shakespeare on the stage Anthony Dawson Dawson, Anthony 233

17 The critical reception of Shakespeare Emma Smith Smith, Emma 253

18 Shakespeare and popular culture Paul Prescott Prescott, Paul 269

19 Shakespeare and globalization Anston Bosman Bosman, Anston 285

20 Shakespeare and media history Katherine Rowe Rowe, Katherine 303

21 Shakespeare: reading on Andrew Dickson Dickson, Andrew 325

Index 343

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