Shakespeare: The Late Plays (Analysing Texts)

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.

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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

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/11/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780230368620
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9780230368620
  • weight: 471
  • ISBN10: 023036862X

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