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Studying Shakespeare: A Guide to the Plays / Edition 1

Studying Shakespeare: A Guide to the Plays / Edition 1

by Laurie MaguireLaurie Maguire


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This engaging book draws on all of Shakespeare's plays to show they can still be used as a guide to life.

  • Introduces beginning students and general readers to Shakespeare's plays by highlighting the connections between the issues addressed by the plays and those of our own time.

  • Focuses on the characters, situations and stories in Shakespeare which are still familiar today.

  • Shows how Shakespeare's plays illustrate some of life's most familiar stories - love and obsession, parents and children, sex and politics, suffering and revenge

  • Makes Shakespeare’s plays accessible to the widest possible audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780631229858
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 08/11/2003
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents



List Of Illustrations.

1. Private Life: Shakespeare And Selfhood:.

The Divided Self.

Comedy Of Errors; As You Like It.

Naming The Self.

Troilus And Cressida; Romeo And Juliet; Taming Of The Shrew.

The Self And Language.

Measure For Measure; Troilus And Cressida.

The National Self.

Othello; King Lear.

The Self At Play.

Love’s Labour’s Lost; Taming Of The Shrew.

2. Marital Life: Shakespeare And Romance:.

Love And Hazard.

Merchant Of Venice.

Love And Friendship.

Two Gentlemen Of Verona; Winter’s Tale; Two Noble Kinsmen.

Love And Madness.

Midsummer Night’s Dream; Cymbeline; All’s Well; Measure For Measure; Troilus And Cressida.

Marriage And Identity.

Comedy Of Errors; All’s Well; Taming Of The Shrew.

Love And Abuse.

The Taming Of The Shrew; Merry Wives Of Windsor; Othello; Troilus And Cressida.

3. Political Life: Shakespeare And Government:.

Acting Politics.

3 Henry 6; Richard 3; 1 Henry 4; 2 Henry 4; Henry 5; Coriolanus; Julius Caesar.

Surviving Politics.

Richard 2; Macbeth.

The Personal Versus The Political.

Richard 2; Henry 4; Henry 5.

4. Public Life: Shakespeare And Social Structures:.


Macbeth; Merchant Of Venice; Romeo And Juliet; Merry Wives Of Windsor; Timon Of Athens.

Women And Public Life.

Antony And Cleopatra; King John; Measure For Measure.


Titus Andronicus; Much Ado About Nothing; All’s Well.

5.Real Life: Shakespeare And Suffering:.

Mingled Yarns.

Twelfth Night; King Lear; Much Ado.


Hamlet; Twelfth Night.

The Family.

King Lear; Macbeth.

Anger And Revenge.

Titus Andronicus.


Cymbeline; Pericles; Winter’s Tale; Tempest; Henry 8; Two Noble Kinsmen.


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