The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare

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Innovative and engaging, this introduction to Shakespeare promotes active involvement with the plays and proves that there is space for new and fresh thinking even on the most-studied and familiar texts. The study covers a range of examples and is divided into seven subject based chapters: Character, Performance, Texts, Language, Structure, Sources, History.
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Overview

Innovative and engaging, this introduction to Shakespeare promotes active involvement with the plays and proves that there is space for new and fresh thinking even on the most-studied and familiar texts. The study covers a range of examples and is divided into seven subject based chapters: Character, Performance, Texts, Language, Structure, Sources, History.
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"I’ll be entirely happy to recommend this to students. It’s accessible, it’s divided up by topic in a way that reflects the different approaches one might take to Shakespeare in class (e.g. structure/genre, historical context), the suggestions for further reading are realistic and helpful and include well-chosen online materials, and it’s framed in a way that invites further discussion either in the classroom or in the study."
- Dr. Tom Rutter, Sheffield Hallam University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521855990
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Cambridge Introductions to Literature Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, University of Oxford.
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Table of Contents


List of figures and tables     viii
Preface     ix
Character     1
Juliet's balcony, Verona     1
Shakespeare's realism?     3
Shakespeare's 'unreal' characters     4
Reading Shakespeare's characters on the page     6
Embodying Shakespeare's characters on stage     7
Doubling on the early modern stage     8
Writing for particular actors     11
Falstaff: character as individual or type?     12
Naming and individuality     12
Characters as individuals or as inter-relationships     14
Character: interior or exterior?     17
Character: where next?     19
Performance     23
Measure for Measure: staging silence     23
'Going back to the text': the challenge of performance     26
Performance interpretations: The Taming of the Shrew     27
Topical performance: the plays in different theatrical contexts     30
Citing performances     32
Using film     33
Using film comparatively: Macbeth     35
Hamlet: 'To be or not to be'     39
Adaptations: Shakespearean enough?     41
Performance: where next?     42
Texts     46
Shakespeare's hand     46
So what did Shakespeare write?     47
Stage to page     48
Quartos and Folio     49
Editing as interpretation     50
The job of the editor: the example of Richard II     53
Stage directions     57
Speech prefixes     60
The job of the editor: the example of King Lear     61
Texts: where next?     65
Language     71
'In a double sense'(Macbeth 5.7.50)     71
Did anyone really talk like that?     72
Playing with language     77
Language of the play / language of the person     79
Prose and verse     81
Linguistic shifts: 1 Henry IV     82
Shakespeare's verse     84
Linguistic variation: A Midsummer Night's Dream     85
Language: where next?     87
Structure     90
Finding the heart of the play     90
Shakespeare's genres: dynamic, not static     93
Tragedy and comedy     94
Tragedy - expanding the genre     95
Comedy - expanding the genre     98
History: is this a fixed genre?      101
Structuring scenes: Much Ado About Nothing     103
Juxtaposing scenes, activating ironies: Henry V     104
Showing v. telling     106
Structure: where next?     107
Sources     113
Antony and Cleopatra and Plutarch     113
Originality: was Shakespeare a plagiarist?     116
Shakespeare at work: the intentional fallacy?     118
The source bites back: Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale     120
The strong poet? King Lear     127
Sources: where next?     131
History     134
Politic picklocks: interpreting topically     134
History plays: political Shakespeare?     136
History plays: Shakespeare as propagandist?     138
Hamlet as history play?     140
Jacobean patronage: King Lear and Macbeth     142
Historical specificity: gender roles     144
Race and Othello     148
History: where next?     153
Bibliography     157
Index     162
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