The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 5, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 328 pages
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This book offers a comprehensive, readable and authoritative introduction to the study of Shakespeare, by means of nineteen newly commissioned essays. An international team of prominent scholars provide a broadly cultural approach to the chief literary, performative and historical aspects of Shakespeare's work. They bring the latest scholarship to bear on traditional subjects of Shakespeare study, such as biography, the transmission of the texts, the main dramatic and poetic genres, the stage in Shakespeare's time and the history of criticism and performance. In addition, authors engage with more recently defined topics: gender and sexuality, Shakespeare on film, the presence of foreigners in Shakespeare's England and his impact on other cultures. Helpful reference features include chronologies of the life and works, illustrations, detailed reading lists and a bibliographical essay.

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Cambridge Companions are usually pretty good. This one only had one essay that really suited what I'm studying, but there are plenty of essays about all sorts of things, especially essays that help to contextualise Shakespeare and his plays. Read full review

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Shakespeares life
The reproduction of Shakespeares texts
What did Shakespeare read?
Shakespeare and the craft of language
Shakespeares poems
The genres of Shakespeares plays
Playhouses players and playgoers in Shakespeares time
The London scene City and Court
Shakespeare in the theatre 16601900
Shakespeare in the twentiethcentury theatre
Shakespeare and the cinema
Shakespeare on the page and the stage
Shakespeare worldwide
Shakespeare criticism 16001900
Shakespeare criticism in the twentieth century
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Gender and sexuality in Shakespeare
Outsiders in Shakespeares England
Shakespeare and English history

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About the author (2001)

Margreta de Grazia is the Sheli Z. and Burt X. Rosenberg Chair in the Humanities and Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham. The Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Vice-Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, he is the General Editor of the Oxford Shakespeare series and the Oxford Complete Works. A world-renowned
authority, he regularly appears on TV, radio, and in the press whenever Shakespeare is discussed.

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