Shakespeare: The Late Plays

Overview

What makes Shakespeare's late plays so special? Through detailed analyses of key passages, Kate Aughterson shows how these plays portray a world of political intrigue, familial chaos and crisis, which teeters continually into tragedy: a world we can recognise today.

Part I of this engaging study:
• provides stimulating close readings of extracts from The Tempest, The Winter's...

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Overview

What makes Shakespeare's late plays so special? Through detailed analyses of key passages, Kate Aughterson shows how these plays portray a world of political intrigue, familial chaos and crisis, which teeters continually into tragedy: a world we can recognise today.

Part I of this engaging study:
• provides stimulating close readings of extracts from The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline and Pericles
• examines major topics such as openings, endings, familial roles, stage properties, spectacle and song
• offers suggestions for further work and summarizes the methods of analysis.

Part II supplies essential background material, including:
• detailed accounts of Shakespeare's literary and historical contexts
• samples from important critical works and performances.

With a helpful Further Reading section, this illuminating volume is ideal for anyone who wishes to appreciate and explore Shakespeare's late plays for themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230368637
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/2/2013
  • Series: Analysing Texts Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 1,464,400
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Aughterson is Principal Lecturer and Academic Programme Leader for English Literature at the University of Brighton, UK. She is the author of Webster: The Tragedies and Aphra Behn: The Comedies, both also in the Analysing Texts series.

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
A Note on Editions
Introduction: Ways of Reading
PART I: ANALYSING SHAKESPEARE'S LATE PLAYS
1. Openings
2. Turbaning Points: Tragedy and Comedy
3. Endings
4. Fathers, Sons and Husbands
5. Mothers, Daughters and Wives
6. Masters, Servants and Slaves: Society and Politics
7. Stage Properties
8. Spectacle and Theatricality
9. Music and SongGeneral Conclusions to Part I
PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS
Shakespeare's Literary Career
Jacobean Contexts
Sample Critical Views and Performances
Further Reading
Index

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