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Edited by Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin, this stimulating and comprehensive guide to Shakespeare is an ideal text for undergraduate students. It includes over forty specially commissioned essays by an outstanding team of scholars. Each essay is written in an accessible and engaging style and is followed by annotated suggestions for further reading.
Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide is divided into four key parts. Part One offers concise introductions to the literary and historical contexts in which Shakespeare lived and worked. It covers the society, culture, language, theatre, and playwriting conventions of Shakespeare's time and also discusses his contemporary impact. Part Two offers critical overviews of Shakespeare's achievements in the major genres. Each overview is followed by a reading that explores Shakespeare's use of the traditions, scope, and boundaries of that genre in one of his key works. Part Three discusses current critical approaches to the study of Shakespeare. Each chapter outlines a specific approach and is followed by a reading applying that approach to one of Shakespeare's works. Part Four offers chapters on Shakespeare's intellectual and cultural impact over the ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199245222
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/3/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 744
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Wells is currently Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford, and was Professor of Shakespeare Studies, and Director of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham from 1988 to 97, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He is the general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare, and co-editor of the Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works. With Peter Holland he is general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics, and, with Michael Dobson, he recently edited the best-selling Oxford Companion to Shakespeare.
Lena Cowen Orlin is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her publications include Material London, Ca. 1600 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000), Elizabethan Households (University of Washington Press, 1995), and Private Matters and Public Cultures in Post-Reformation England (Cornell University Press, 1994).

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Table of Contents

Part 1. Shakespeare's Life and Times
1. Why Study Shakespeare?, Stanley Wells
2. Shakespeare's Life and Career, Lois Potter
3. Theater in London, Gabriel Egan
4. Shakespeare's Audiences, Margaret Jane Kidnie
5. Conventions of Playwriting, Peter Thomson
6. Shakespeare's Fellow Dramatists, A. R. Braunmuller
7. The Language of Shakespeare, David Crystal
8. Shakespeare's Verse, Russ McDonald
9. The Society of Shakespeare's England, Carole Levin
10. Daily Life in Town and Country, Joan Thirsk
11. Love, Sex, and Marriage, Martin Ingram
12. Changing Attitudes Towards Religion, Peter Lake
13. Ideas of Order, Lena Cowen Orlin
14. Shakespeare's View of the World, Emily C. Bartels
15. Introduction, Lena Cowen Orlin
16. Romantic Comedies, William C. Carroll
READING: Twelfth Night, or What You Will
17. English History Plays, Phyllis Rackin
18. Tragedies, Linda Woodbridge
READING: Macbeth
19. Roman Plays, Alexander Leggatt
READING: Julius Caesar
20. Romances, Reginald Foakes
READING: The Winter's Tale
21. Comical and Tragical, Paul Edmondson
READING: Measure for Measure
22. Non-Dramatic Poetry, Lynne Magnusson
READING: Shakespeare's Sonnets
23. Unfamiliar Shakespeare, Alan Armstrong
24. The Critical Tradition, Michael Taylor
25. Humanist Interpretations, Michael D. Bristol
READING: King Lear
26. Character Criticism, Christy Desmet
27. Source Study, Leah Scragg
READING: As You Like It
28. Close Reading, Inga-Stina Ewbank
29. Feminist Criticism, Jean E. Howard
READING: Othello
30. Studies in Sexuality, Bruce R. Smith
READING: The Merchant of Venice
31. Psychoanalytic Criticisms, Lynn Enterline
READING: Venus and Adonis
32. Materialist Criticisms, Jonathan Gil Harris
READING: Henry IV Part One
33. Post-Colonial Criticism, Jyotsna Singh
READING: The Tempest
34. Deconstruction, Kiernan Ryan
READING: Romeo and Juliet
35. Performance History: Shakespeare on the Stage 1660-2001, Patricia Tatspaugh
READING: A Midsummer Night's Dream
36. Performance Criticism, Miriam Gilbert
READING: The Taming of the Shrew
37. Introduction, Terence Hawkes
38. Shakespeare Published, Laurie Maguire
39. Shakespeare and the Modern British Theatre, Michael Billington
40. Film and Video, Tony Howard
41. The Question of Authorship, David Kathman
42. Shakespeare's Influence, John Gross
43. Shakespeare and Translation, Ton Hoenselaars
44. Commemorating Shakespeare, Georgianna Ziegler
45. Internet and CD ROM Resources, Michael Best

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