Shakespeare: The Late Plays

Shakespeare: The Late Plays

by Kate Aughterson
     
 

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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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230368637
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/02/2013
Series:
Analysing Texts Series
Pages:
296
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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