Why Shakespeare?

Why Shakespeare?

by Catherine Belsey


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Why Shakespeare? by Catherine Belsey

Why is Shakespeare as highly regarded now as he ever has been? This book's answer to this question counters claims that Shakespeare's iconic status is no more than an accident of history. The plays, Belsey argues, entice us into a world we recognize by retelling traditional fairy tales with a difference, each chapter providing a detailed reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403993205
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 04/15/2007
Edition description: 2007
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

CATHERINE BELSEY is Research Professor of English at the University of Wales, Swansea, UK. Her books include Critical Practice, The Subject of Tragedy and Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Shakespeare's Singularity.- As You Like ItandThe Golden Goose.- King Learand the Missing Salt.- The Exiled Princes inThe Winter's Tale.- Fairy Tales for Grown-ups inA Midsummer Night's Dream.- Hamletand the Reluctant Hero.- Twelfth Nightand the Riddle of Gender.- Cultural Difference as Conundrum inThe Merchant of Venice.- Happily Ever After?.- Further Reading.- Abbreviations and References.- Notes.- Index.

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Shortlisted for the 2008 ESSE Book Award in the field of Literatures in the English Language.Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2008. 'Belsey invites us to revalue our own childhood reading, and to reconsider its abiding relevance to some central texts that continue to reshape out culture and our thinking about literature and drama.' - John Drakakis, Professor of English Studies, University of Stirling, UK

'An outstanding, original study, which miraculously manages to provide both an ideal introduction for beginners and a bold reinterpretation of the plays that will make the most seasoned students and teachers of Shakespeare see them afresh.' - Kiernan Ryan, Professor of English, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

'An example of that rare beast, genuinely popular literary criticism...The book is both a fascinating guide to the folk tale sources of the plays, and, of all things, a most accessible and original post-structuralist critique.' - Sean McEvoy, The Professional Journal of the National Association for the Teaching of English

'A distinguished critic's relaxed reflections on Shakespeare and folk tales.' - Times Literary Supplement

'Partly due to Belsey's wondering tone and to her invitingly informal style, Why Shakespeare? is an enchanting and even, in some ways, enchanted book.' - Professor R. S. White, University of Western Australia

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