The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy

by Claire McEachern
     
 

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This revised and updated Companion acquaints the student reader with the forms, contexts, critical and theatrical lives of the ten plays considered to be Shakespeare's tragedies. Thirteen essays, written by leading scholars in Britain and North America, address the ways in which Shakespearean tragedy originated, developed and diversified, as well as how it has

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This revised and updated Companion acquaints the student reader with the forms, contexts, critical and theatrical lives of the ten plays considered to be Shakespeare's tragedies. Thirteen essays, written by leading scholars in Britain and North America, address the ways in which Shakespearean tragedy originated, developed and diversified, as well as how it has fared on stage, as text and in criticism. Topics covered include the literary precursors of Shakespeare's tragedies, cultural backgrounds, sub-genres and receptions of the plays. The book examines the four major tragedies and, in addition, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens. Essays in this new edition have been fully revised to reflect the most up-to-date scholarship, the bibliography has been extensively updated, and four new chapters have been included, discussing Shakespearean form, Shakespeare and philosophy, Shakespeare's tragedies in performance, and Shakespeare and religion.

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"Wonderfully comprehensive. the essyas her eare uniformly excellent and succeed in maintaining intelligent discussion, incorporating new research while being clear and coherent enough to be understood by undergraduates." Studies in English Literature

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107019775
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/08/2013
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Literature Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
321
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Claire McEachern is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Poetics of English Nationhood, 1590–1612 (1996), co-editor (with Debora Shuger) of Religion and Culture in the English Renaissance (1997) and editor of the Arden 3 Much Ado About Nothing, as well as several other Shakespeare plays for various series.

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