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Literature and Culture Handbooks are an innovative series of guides to major periods, topics and authors in British and American literature and culture. Designed to provide a comprehensive, one-stop resource for literature students, each handbook provides the essential information and guidance needed from the beginning of a course through to developing more advanced knowledge and skills. Written in clear language by leading academics, they provide an indispensable introduction to key topics, including:

• Introduction to authors, texts, historical and cultural contexts

• Guides to key critics, concepts and topics

• An overview of major critical approaches, changes in the canon and directions of current and future research

• Case studies in reading literary and critical texts

• Annotated bibliography (including websites), timeline, glossary of critical terms.

The Shakespeare Handbook is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare and early modern literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826495785
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/28/2009
  • Series: Literature & Culture Handbooks
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Hiscock is Professor of English at Bangor University, UK.

Stephen Longstaffe is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Cumbria, UK.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xiii

General Editors' Introduction xv

Foreword - How to use this Book xvii

Part I Shakespeare's Time 1

1 Introduction: From Shakespeare to Shakespeare Studies Andrew Hiscock Stephen Longstaffe 3

Shakespeare among his Contemporaries 3

The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 5

The Nineteenth Century 7

The Twentieth Century: the Growth in Professional Criticism 9

Shakespearean Timeline Peter Sillitoe 21

2 Historical Contexts for the Age of Shakespeare William E. Engel 26

Telling History, Then and Now 26

Religious Change 27

Commercial and Military Exchanges 34

Relations with the Continent: Martial and Marital 38

Urban Growth in the Capital 41

Court Culture and Centres of Power 42

Conclusion 43

3 Shakespeare's Literary and Cultural Contexts Stephen Longstaffe 46

Acting 47

Authorship 48

Blackfriars Playhouse 48

Blazon 49

Boy Players 50

Censorship 50

Classical Heritage 52

Comedy 52

Costumes 53

Court 54

Education 55

Globe Theatre 56

History Play 56

King James Bible 57

London 57

Masque 58

Earl of Oxford 59

Pastoral 59

Patronage 60

Plague 60

Playing Company 61

Props 62

Publishing 62

Repertoire 63

Rhetoric 64

Romance 64

Scenery 65

Stage Directions 65

Stages 66

Sumptuary Laws 66

Tragedy 66

Part II How to Read Shakespeare 69

4 Case Studies in Reading I: Reading the Texts Kirk Melnikoff 71

Shakespeare's English 72

Shakespeare's Verse 73

Analysing the Sonnet 75

Language and Dramatic Communication 77

Shakespeare's Prose 79

The Movement between Poetry and Prose 82

Shakespeare's Imagery 84

Plays as Dramatic Poems 86

Shakespeare's Word-play 87

Languageand the Lower Orders 89

Shakespeare's Language Experts 90

5 Case Studies in Reading II: From Texts to Theory Mark Robson 93

Shakespeare in Theory 93

Reading Reading 95

New Historicism 96

'Race' and Ethnicity 100

Gender and Sexuality 103

Psychoanalysis and Deconstruction 105

Shakespeare After Theory 110

6 Shakespeare in Performance and Film Stuart Hampton-Reeves 112

A Player's Hide 112

Rediscovering Shakespeare in Performance 114

Shakespeare's Theatre 114

Viewing Shakespeare 116

Macbeth Workshop 117

Macbeth in Performance 122

Conclusion 127

7 Key Critical Concepts and Topics Adrian Streete 129

Setting the Scene 129

Key Concept One Authority 130

Key Concept Two Carnivalesque 134

Key Concept Three Colonialism and Race 136

Key Concept Four Desire 137

Key Concept Five Religion 140

Key Concept Six Textuality 141

Conclusion 143

Part III Shakespeare Studies Now 145

8 Recent Critical Responses and Approaches Lisa Hopkins 147

Psychoanalysis 147

Feminist Criticism 150

New Historicism 153

Bakhtin 154

Cultural Materialism 157

Queer Theory 158

Presentism 160

Postcolonialism 162

British Studies 163

Ecocriticism 166

Performance Studies 168

Beyond Theory? 171

9 New Contexts for Shakespeare Gabriel Egan 173

Shakespeare and Biography 173

Catholic Shakespeare 175

Shakespeare as Collaborator 177

Shakespeare as Author? 180

Textual Transmission 181

Man of the Theatre? 182

Editing Shakespeare 183

The Globe 185

Virtual Shakespeare 188

10 Recent Issues in Shakespeare Studies: From Margins to Centre Willy Maley 190

What's at Issue? 190

Issue: Family, Lineage, Succession 195

Nationalism, Colonialism and Race 198

Republicanism 203

Sexuality 204

11 Making Meanings: Shakespeare's Poetry for the Theatre Ros King 206

Words and Sounds 206

Memory and Performance History 207

Text and Performance 209

Shakespeare: Literary Author 209

Publishing Shakespeare, Performing Shakespeare 210

Shakespeare: Performance Poet 211

Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terminology Peter Sillitoe 215

Appendix: Shakespeare: Teaching, Curriculum and Learning: (Available at David Webb 223

Core Topics

Ways of Teaching

Notes on the Contributors 224

Notes 227

Annotated Bibliography Robert C. Evans 228

Works Cited 240

Index 256

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