This book makes Shakespeare accessible to a new generation of students as well as general readers interested in the subject. It makes no assumptions about prior knowledge of the plays and poems and places them in their historical context, thus making it easier for the reader to understand what the Bard meant in his works. This book is aimed at all readers for whom there are barriers of language and cultural distance. Dr Innes provides chapters on characterisation, genre, setting, structure, performance and history; information that will help them untangle his works. He explains the implications of Shakespeare's writing and performance techniques as well as describing how criticism has treated him, from liberalism to feminism, from psycho-analysts to materialists. This book explains: how to deal with genre, setting the scene, sub-plots, interspersing and chiamus, the different types of character, how to analyse text, performing the plays and reading the poems.
Paul Innes PhD is a lecturer in Literature in the Department of Adult & Continuing Education at Glasgow University. He has also taught at the Universities of Stirling, Strathclyde and Edinburgh, and held a British Council Lectureship at the University of Warsaw from 1992-95. He lives in Glasgow with his wife and two infant children.
This book explains how to: * deal with genre * set the scene * analyse the different types of character * analyse text * perform the plays and read the poems.