Why Shakespeare?

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In this exciting new introduction to Shakespeare, Catherine Belsey takes traditional tales as a starting point to argue against the cultural materialists who claim Shakespeare's iconic status is no more than an accident of history. Each chapter shows how one of Shakespeare's best-known plays retells with a difference stories familiar both then and now. Belsey goes on to put forward new readings, teasing out the enigmas that constitute these texts and the interpretations they ...

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Overview

In this exciting new introduction to Shakespeare, Catherine Belsey takes traditional tales as a starting point to argue against the cultural materialists who claim Shakespeare's iconic status is no more than an accident of history. Each chapter shows how one of Shakespeare's best-known plays retells with a difference stories familiar both then and now. Belsey goes on to put forward new readings, teasing out the enigmas that constitute these texts and the interpretations they have inspired.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403993205
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,399,547
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

CATHERINE BELSEY is Research Professor of English at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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Table of Contents

Preface
• Shakespeare's Singularity
As You Like It and The Golden Goose
King Lear and the Missing Salt
• The Exiled Princes in The Winter's Tale
• Fairy Tales for Grown-ups in A Midsummer Night's Dream
Hamlet and the Reluctant Hero
Twelfth Night and the Riddle of Gender
• Cultural Difference as Conundrum in The Merchant of Venice
• Happily Ever After?
• Further Reading
• Abbreviations and References
• Notes
• Index

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