Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Guide to Criticism / Edition 1

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Navigating the sea of published commentary on Shakespeare's tragedies can be difficult. This book guides students through the key critical debates from the sixteenth century to the present day, enhancing their enjoyment and broadening their critical repertoire. The Guide presents fourteen recent critical interventions in the field of Shakespeare studies, including pieces by Jonathan Dollimore, Cora Kaplan, Frank Kermode and Richard Wilson. Seven key areas of debate are covered: genre, character, language, gender and sexuality, history and politics, texts and performance. All the articles are contextualized with brief critical overviews and annotated suggestions for further reading. An additional narrative chapter on pre-twentieth-century criticism excerpts significant views by critics, including Johnson, Hazlitt and Coleridge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631220091
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Series: Blackwell Guides to Criticism Series, #14
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma Smith is Fellow of Hertford College and Lecturer in English at Oxford University. Her publications include Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedie (1998) and Shakespeare in Production: Henry V (2000), as well as two other edited volumes in the Blackwell Guides to Criticism series: Shakespeare’s Histories (2004) and Shakespeare’s Comedies (2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Criticism 1590-1904 3
1 Before Bradley: Criticism 1590-1904 5
Pt. II Twentieth-century Criticism 51
2 Genre: An Overview 53
3 Genre: Critical Extracts 60
King Lear and Essentialist Humanism 60
Coriolanus and Interpretations of Politics 73
4 Character: An Overview 95
5 Character: Critical Extracts 104
The Resources of Characterization in Othello 104
The Woman in Hamlet: An Interpersonal View 122
6 Language: An Overview 141
7 Language: Critical Extracts 149
Antony and Cleopatra 149
Imperfect Speakers 161
8 Gender and Sexuality: An Overview 185
9 Gender and Sexuality: Critical Extracts 192
The Daughter's Seduction in Titus Andronicus 192
Femininity and the Monstrous in Othello 219
10 History and Politics: An Overview 241
11 History and Politics: Critical Extracts 248
Macbeth and the 'Name of King' 248
'Is This a Holiday?' Shakespeare's Roman Carnival 267
12 Texts: An Overview 280
13 Texts: Critical Extracts 289
Quarto and Folio King Lear 289
Bad Taste and Bad Hamlet 302
14 Performance: An Overview 328
15 Performance: Critical Extracts 337
Titus Andronicus 337
Baz Luhrmann's Millennial Shakespeare 349
Index 364
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