Shakespeare: A Study and Research Guide / Edition 3

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Confronted with the formidable and at times daunting mass of materials on Shakespeare, where does the beginning student—or even a seasoned one—turn for guidance? Answering that question remains the central aim of this new edition of a guide that has been a much admired mainstay of Shakespeare studies for two decades.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this widely used teaching and study tool adds concise analyses of more than 100 new books on Shakespeare published since the 1987 edition. It also greatly expands the section on the history plays and provides separate new categories for film and television and for culture studies focusing upon seasonal festivities, hospitality, courtship rituals, sexuality, and other Renaissance social practices.

Like its predecessors, the third edition continues to provide a thoughtful overview of the development and present state of Shakespeare scholarship and its extraordinarily diverse critical approaches—including sections on feminism and gender studies, Shakespeare's Romances, poststructuralism, and the new historicism—as well as summaries and evaluations of scores of bibliographies, periodicals, monographs, and reference books.

For beginning and advanced students alike, the guide offers practical advice for doing research and writing critical papers on Shakespeare—including how to select and develop topics, prepare a working bibliography and outline, take notes, avoid plagiarism, and use appropriate documentation following the MLA system. Students will find especially instructive the new model research paper, which provides an easy-to-understand example.

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Shakespeare Quarterly
Useful to anyone beginning serious study of Shakespeare.
Shakespeare Quarterly
Useful to anyone beginning serious study of Shakespeare.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700606931
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: Third Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


1. The Subject in Context

-Criticism in Shakespeare's Time

-The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

-The Twentieth Century

-Shakespeare in the Classroom

-Some Critical Approaches

-Historical Criticism

-Theatrical Criticism

-Genre Criticism

-Analyses of Language and Character

-Psychological Criticism

-Thematic and Mythic Criticism

-Feminist and Gender Criticism

-Cultural Study

-Textual Criticism

-Major Scholars and Critics

2. A Guide to Resources

-Bibliography and Reference Guides


-Studies in the Genre





-Studies of Groups and Movements

-The History of Criticism

-Shakespeare's Language

-Theatrical Criticism

-Film and Television

-Feminism and Gender Studies

-Poststructuralism and New


-Cultural Study

-Interdisciplinary Studies


-Intellectual and Political History



-Biographical Studies

3. The Research Paper

-Selecting a Topic

-Developing a Topic

-Preparing a Working Bibliography

-Taking Notes

-Outlining the Paper

-Writing the Paper


-Parenthetical Documentation System

-Notes Documentation System


-A Model Research Paper

Index of Authors

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