Studying Shakespeare

Studying Shakespeare

by Laurie Maguire
     
 

This beginner’s guide to Shakespeare reminds us that the main reason people still watch and read Shakespeare’s plays is because they identify with the characters and situations depicted in them.

Drawing on all of Shakespeare’s plays, Laurie Maguire shows how they illustrate some of life’s most familiar stories – love and obsession,

Overview

This beginner’s guide to Shakespeare reminds us that the main reason people still watch and read Shakespeare’s plays is because they identify with the characters and situations depicted in them.

Drawing on all of Shakespeare’s plays, Laurie Maguire shows how they illustrate some of life’s most familiar stories – love and obsession, parents and children, sex and politics, suffering and revenge.

The book groups the stories into five broad categories, moving from those concerned with personal identity to those dealing with romance and marriage, family life, politics, and public life. This thematic arrangement makes the plays accessible to the widest possible audience, and helps readers grasp the connection between the issues addressed by the plays and those of our own time.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This brilliant and inspirational book offers new insight into the work and world of William Shakespeare and offers fresh demonstration of his relevance for our own lives and troubles. At once immensely erudite and extraordinarily accessible, Maguire shows how broken-hearts, dysfunctional families, domestic violence, and other personal and social problems, was all grist for Shakespeare's theatrical imagination. Alongside unflinching criticism of a world-gone-wrong, Shakespeare also offered his audiences solace and hope. The top book on Shakespeare this year, Studying Shakespeare should be on everyone's bookshelf and on The Times Best Seller list." Dypmna Callaghan

"Maguire's book is fiesty, informative and stimulating." Atlantis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631229841
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/08/2003
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x (d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"This brilliant and inspirational book offers new insight into the work and world of William Shakespeare and offers fresh demonstration of his relevance for our own lives and troubles. At once immensely erudite and extraordinarily accessible, Maguire shows how broken-hearts, dysfunctional families, domestic violence, and other personal and social problems, was all grist for Shakespeare's theatrical imagination. Alongside unflinching criticism of a world-gone-wrong, Shakespeare also offered his audiences solace and hope. The top book on Shakespeare this year, Studying Shakespeare should be on everyone's bookshelf and on The Times Best Seller list." Dypmna Callaghan

"Maguire's book is fiesty, informative and stimulating." Atlantis

Meet the Author

Laurie Maguire is a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and a Lecturer in English at Oxford University. She is the author of Shakespearean Suspect Texts (1996) and co-editor of Textual Formations and Reformations (1998), among other publications.

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