This is a collection of critical and secondary material selected to assist in the study of Shakespeare's plays. It includes a selection of sources and analogues Shakespeare drew upon in writing nine of his major works, a variety of widely divergent critical interpretations of the plays, from the practical criticism of the 1930s to the theoretical approaches of the 1990s and informative essays on Shakespeare's theatre and on the challenges of editing the Shakespeare text.
RICHARD DANSON BROWN and DAVID JOHNSON are both Lecturers in Literature at the Open University. Richard Brown is the author of The New Poet: Novelty and Tradition in Spenser's Complaints and David Johnson is the author of Shakespeare and South Africa.
Preface Acknowledgements PART ONE: SOURCES AND ANALOGUES A Midsummer Night's Dream: from The Discoverie of Witchcraft; R. Scott From Metamorphoses Book IV; Ovid Richard II: from A Myrroure for Magistrates Macbeth: from Chronicles; R. Holinshed Antony and Cleopatra: from Plutarch's Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans Hamlet: from The Spanish Tragedy; T. Kyd Of Revenge; F. Bacon Twelfth Night: from Riche his Farewell to Militarie Profession; B. Riche Measure for Measure: from Hecatommithi; G.B. Giraldi Cinthio King Lear: from The Faerie Queene; E. Spenser From Arcadia; P. Sidney The Tempest: from 'The Strachey Letter' From Metamorphoses; Ovid PART TWO: CRITICAL READINGS The Imperial Votaress; L. Montrose The Staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream; J. L. Halio The Elizabethan Drama; R. Weimann The Political Background of Shakespeare's Richard II and Henry IV; J. D. Wilson Richard II; J. E. Howard and P. Rackin How Many Children had Lady Macbeth?; L. C. Knights Macbeth: History, Ideology and Intellectuals; A. Sinfield Macbeth on Film: Politics; E. Pearlman Jacobean Antony and Cleopatra; H. Neville Davies Squeaking Cleopatras: Gender and Performance in Antony and Cleopatra; J. Dusinberre Spatial Politics; A. Loomba What is an Editor?; S. Orgel Hamlet - the Mona Lisa of Literature; J. Rose Telmah; T. Hawkes Testing Courtesy and Humanity in Twelfth Night; C. L. Barber The Two Antonios and Same-Sex Love in Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice; J. Pequigney Measure for Measure; F. R. Leavis London; L. Marcus From Hamlet to Lear; A. Kettle The Absent Mother in King Lear; C. Kahn Grigori Kozintsev's King Lear; A. Leggatt 'What Cares These Roarers for the Name of King?': Language and Utopia in The Tempest; D. Norbrook African and Caribbean Appropriations of The Tempest; R. Nixon PART THREE: CRITICAL INTERVENTIONS The Present Tense; G. Taylor The National Poet; J. Bate New Ways to Play Old Texts: Discourses of the Past; S. Bennett Index
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