Shakespeare: The Late Plays (Analysing Texts)
By: Kate Aughterson (author)Hardback
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What makes Shakespeare's late plays so special? Through detailed analyses of key passages, Kate Aughterson shows how these plays portray a world of political intrigue, familial chaos and crisis, which teeters continually into tragedy: a world we can recognise today. Part I of this engaging study: * provides stimulating close readings of extracts from The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline and Pericles * examines major topics such as openings, endings, familial roles, stage properties, spectacle and song * offers suggestions for further work and summarizes the methods of analysis. Part II supplies essential background material, including: * detailed accounts of Shakespeare's literary and historical contexts * samples from important critical works and performances. With a helpful Further Reading section, this illuminating volume is ideal for anyone who wishes to appreciate and explore Shakespeare's late plays for themselves.
Kate Aughterson is Principal Lecturer and Academic Programme Leader for English Literature at the University of Brighton, UK. She is the author of Webster: The Tragedies and Aphra Behn: The Comedies, both also in the Analysing Texts series.
General Editor's Preface A Note on Editions Introduction: Ways of Reading PART I: ANALYSING SHAKESPEARE'S LATE PLAYS 1. Openings 2. Turning Points: Tragedy and Comedy 3. Endings 4. Fathers, Sons and Husbands 5. Mothers, Daughters and Wives 6. Masters, Servants and Slaves: Society and Politics 7. Stage Properties 8. Spectacle and Theatricality 9. Music and Song General Conclusions to Part I PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS Shakespeare's Literary Career Jacobean Contexts Sample Critical Views and Performances Further Reading Index
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