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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User Review  - Nikki - Goodreads

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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Contents

Shakespeares life
1
The reproduction of Shakespeares texts
13
What did Shakespeare read?
31
Shakespeare and the craft of language
49
Shakespeares poems
65
The genres of Shakespeares plays
83
Playhouses players and playgoers in Shakespeares time
99
The London scene City and Court
115
Shakespeare in the theatre 16601900
183
Shakespeare in the twentiethcentury theatre
199
Shakespeare and the cinema
217
Shakespeare on the page and the stage
235
Shakespeare worldwide
251
Shakespeare criticism 16001900
265
Shakespeare criticism in the twentieth century
279
Shakespeare reference books
297

Gender and sexuality in Shakespeare
129
Outsiders in Shakespeares England
147
Shakespeare and English history
167

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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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