A Companion to Shakespeare's Works, Volume I: The Tragedies (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

A Companion to Shakespeare's Works, Volume I: The Tragedies (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture)

By: Jean E. Howard (editor), Richard Dutton (editor)Paperback

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This four-volume Companion to Shakespeare's Works, compiled as a single entity, offers a uniquely comprehensive snapshot of current Shakespeare criticism. Brings together new essays from a mixture of younger and more established scholars from around the world - Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Examines each of Shakespeare s plays and major poems, using all the resources of contemporary criticism, from performance studies to feminist, historicist, and textual analysis. Volumes are organized in relation to generic categories: namely the histories, the tragedies, the romantic comedies, and the late plays, problem plays and poems. Each volume contains individual essays on all texts in the relevant category, as well as more general essays looking at critical issues and approaches more widely relevant to the genre. Offers a provocative roadmap to Shakespeare studies at the dawning of the twenty-first century. This companion to Shakespeare s tragedies contains original essays on every tragedy from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus as well as thirteen additional essays on such topics as Shakespeare s Roman tragedies, Shakespeare s tragedies on film, Shakespeare s tragedies of love, Hamlet in performance, and tragic emotion in Shakespeare.

About Author

Jean E. Howard is William E. Ransford Professor of English at Columbia University and a past president of the Shakespeare Association of America. She is an editor of The Norton Shakespeare, and author of, among other works The Stage and Social Struggle in Early Modern England (1994) and, with Phyllis Rackin, of Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's English Histories (1997) . Richard Dutton is currently Professor of English at Ohio State University. He is author of Mastering the Revels: the Regulation and Censorship of Renaissance Drama(1991) and Licensing, Censorship and Authorship in Early Modern England:Buggeswords(2000), and editor of the Palgrave Literary Lives series.


Notes on Contributors vii Introduction 1 1 A rarity most beloved : Shakespeare and the Idea of Tragedy 4 David Scott Kastan 2 The Tragedies of Shakespeare s Contemporaries 23 Martin Coyle 3 Minds in Company: Shakespearean Tragic Emotions 47 Katherine Rowe 4 The Divided Tragic Hero 73 Catherine Belsey 5 Disjointed Times and Half-Remembered Truths in Shakespearean Tragedy 95 Philippa Berry 6 Reading Shakespeare s Tragedies of Love: Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Antony and Cleopatra in Early Modern England 108 Sasha Roberts 7 Hamlet Productions Starring Beale, Hawke, and Darling From the Perspective of Performance History 134 Bernice W. Kliman 8 Text and Tragedy 158 Graham Holderness 9 Shakespearean Tragedy and Religious Identity 178 Richard C. McCoy 10 Shakespeare s Roman Tragedies 199 Gordon Braden 11 Tragedy and Geography 219 Jerry Brotton 12 Classic Film Versions of Shakespeare s Tragedies: A Mirror for the Times 241 Kenneth S. Rothwell 13 Contemporary Film Versions of the Tragedies 262 Mark Thornton Burnett 14 Titus Andronicus: A Time for Race and Revenge 284 Ian Smith 15 There is no world without Verona walls : The City in Romeo and Juliet 303 Naomi Conn Liebler 16 He that thou knowest thine : Friendship and Service in Hamlet 319 Michael Neill 17 Julius Caesar 339 Rebecca W. Bushnell 18 Othello and the Problem of Blackness 357 Kim F. Hall 19 King Lear 375 Kiernan Ryan 20 Macbeth, the Present, and the Past 393 Kathleen McLuskie 21 The Politics of Empathy in Antony and Cleopatra: A View from Below 411 Jyotsna G. Singh 22 Timon of Athens: The Dialectic of Usury, Nihilism, and Art 430 Hugh Grady 23 Coriolanus and the Politics of Theatrical Pleasure 452 Cynthia Marshall Index 473

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  • ISBN13: 9781405136051
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 504
  • ID: 9781405136051
  • weight: 928
  • ISBN10: 1405136057

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