Essays, Mainly Shakespearean by Anne BartonEssays, Mainly Shakespearean by Anne Barton

Essays, Mainly Shakespearean

byAnne Barton

Paperback | February 12, 2007

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Anne Barton's essays on Shakespeare and his contemporaries are characterized by their combination of intelligence, humanity and elegance. In this linked but wide-ranging collection, addressing such topics as Shakespeare's trust--and mistrust--of language, "hidden kings" in the Tudor and Stuart history play, and comedy and the city, Barton looks at both major and neglected plays of the period and the ongoing dialogue between them.
Title:Essays, Mainly ShakespeareanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:February 12, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521032792

ISBN - 13:9780521032797

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I: 1. 'Wrying but a little': marriage, law and sexuality in the plays of Shakespeare; 2. Love's Labour's Lost (1953); 3. Shakespeare and the limits of language (1971); 4. Falstaff and the comic community (1985); 5. As You Like It and Twelfth Night: Shakespeare's 'sense of an ending' (1972); 6. 'Nature's piece 'gainst fancy': the divided catastrophe in Antony and Cleopatra (1974/1992); 7. Livy, Machiavelli and Shakespeare's Coriolanus (1985); 8. Leontes and the spider: language and speaker in Shakespeare's last plays (1980); 9. 'Enter Mariners wet': realism in Shakespeare's last plays (1986); Part II: 10. The king disguised: Shakespeare's Henry V and the comical history (1975); 11. 'He that plays the king': Ford's Perkin Warbeck and the Stuart history play (1977); 12. Oxymoron and the structure of Ford's The Broken Heart (1980) 13. Shakespeare and Jonson (1983); 14. London comedy and the ethos of the city (1979); 15. Comic London; 16. Parks and Ardens (1992); Index.

Editorial Reviews

"All of the essays, in their detailed and illuminating comparisons, revitalize our sense of Shakespeare's astonishing supremacy within his age, but are also characterized by a steady respect for the less familiar plays of the period, and an evident pleasure in exploring their qualities....[Barton] drives us back to Shakespeare's text with new eyes, new questions, and new understanding." Ian Donaldson, Times Literary Supplement