Shakespeare: the Tragedies: The Tragedies

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This comprehensive and well-informed study is also a work of detection and reappraisal. Each tragedy is considered both as a text and as a play to experience in performance. Shakespeare's engagement with this form of drama is followed step-by-step until its concluding years of intense activity. No theory of tragedy emerges, but rather an increasing ability to maintain and communicate a clear-eyed perception of a changing and often violent ...

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Overview

This comprehensive and well-informed study is also a work of detection and reappraisal. Each tragedy is considered both as a text and as a play to experience in performance. Shakespeare's engagement with this form of drama is followed step-by-step until its concluding years of intense activity. No theory of tragedy emerges, but rather an increasing ability to maintain and communicate a clear-eyed perception of a changing and often violent society in which action is stronger than words or conscious intention.

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A comprehensive introduction to the complexities of Shakespeare's work; few authors attempt ti civer so much in a single volume. Library Journal
Library Journal
Brown (research consultant, Middlesex Univ.; Discovering Shakespeare) presents a multifaceted appraisal of Shakespeare's ten tragedies plus the historical tragedies Richard II and III. He presents summaries of the plays, interpretations based on performance and staging, discussions of the accuracy of the source texts, textual interpretations, discussions of the major themes and subplots treated in the plays, and evaluations of how each play is related to Shakespeare's development as a playwright. Two chapters each are devoted to Hamlet and King Lear and three pages to Timon of Athens. The result is a comprehensive introduction to the complexities of Shakespeare's work; few authors attempt to cover so much in one volume. Readers wanting more information on a topic should refer to book-length treatments of the individual topics, such as Marvin Rosenberg's "Masks of " series (Univ. of Delaware), which provides critical interpretations of plays in performance. Recommended for academic libraries. Shana C. Fair, Ohio Univ., Zanesville Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Not an edition, but analysis in which Brown (performing arts, Middlesex U.) considers 16 plays as both texts and potential performances. He shows their impact on the Elizabethan and Jacobean context in which they were written and first performed, and their relationship to Shakespeare's other works. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333589564
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

John Russell Brown is a Research Consultant for Middlesex University and has written many books on Shakespeare, including Discovering Shakespeare and William Shakespeare: Writing for Performance.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• A Theatre for Tragedy
Titus Andronicus : A First Tragedy
• Popular Tragedies and their Audiences
Richard III and Richard II : Historical Tragedies
Romeo and Juliet : An Innovative Tragedy
• From King John to Henry V : Histories and Heroes
Julius Caesar : Unsettling an Audience
Hamlet : Sources and Context
Hamlet : Action and Audience
Othello : Sexuality and Difference
King Lear: Part One
King Lear: Part Two
Macbeth : Order and Imagination
Antony and Cleopatra : A Wider View
Coriolanus : Strength and Weakness
• Timon of Athens and Beyond Tragedy

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