Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide

Paperback | February 1, 2003

EditorStanley Wells, Lena Cowen Orlin

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Edited by Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin, Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide provides a practical and stimulating guide to all aspects of Shakespeare studies. The volume comprises over 40 specially commissioned essays by an outstanding team of Shakespeare scholars; each essay is written in anaccessible and engaging style, and is followed by annotated suggestions for further reading.The volume is divided into four key parts, which as a whole offer a valuable balance of factual and critical content. In the first Part, chapters provide information about and discuss Shakespeare, the theatres of his time, the society in which he lived, the language of his period, the conventions ofplaywriting, and his contemporary impact. The second Part offers critical overviews of Shakespeare's achievement in the principal genres, and each overview is followed by a practical reading exploring Shakespeare's use of the traditions, scope and boundaries of that genre in one of his key works.Part Three offers guidance to the principal current critical approaches in the study of Shakespeare: each chapter outlines a particular critical approach, and is followed by a reading applying that approach to one of Shakespeare's works; and Part Four offers chapters on topics relating toShakespeare's intellectual and cultural impact over the ages.

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Edited by Stanley Wells and Lena Cowen Orlin, Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide provides a practical and stimulating guide to all aspects of Shakespeare studies. The volume comprises over 40 specially commissioned essays by an outstanding team of Shakespeare scholars; each essay is written in anaccessible and engaging style, and is followed...

Stanley Wells is currently Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford, and was Professor of Shakespeare Studies, and Director of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham from 1988 to 97, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He is the general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare, and co-editor of the Oxford S...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 1, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Shakespeare's life and times1. Stanley Wells: Why study Shakespeare?2. Lois Potter: Shakespeare's life and career3. Gabriel Egan: Theatre in London4. Margaret Jane Kidnie: Shakespeare's audiences5. Peter Thomson: Conventions of playwrighting6. A. R. Braunmuller: Shakespeare's fellow dramatists7. David Crystal: The language of Shakespeare8. Russ McDonald: Shakespeare's verse9. Carole Levin: The Society of Shakespeare's England10. Joan Thirsk: Daily life in town and country11. Martin Ingram: Love, sex, and marriage12. Peter Lake: Changing attitudes towards religion13. Lena Cowen Orlin: Ideas of order14. Emily C. Bartels: Shakespeare's view of the worldII. Shakespearian Genres15. Lena Cowen Orlin: Introduction16. William C. Carroll: Romantic comediesReading: Twelfth Night, or What You Will17. Phyllis Rackin: English history playsReading: Henry V18. Linda Woodbridge: TragediesReading: Macbeth19. Alexander Leggatt: Roman playsReading: Julius Caesar20. Reginald Foakes: RomancesReading: The Winter's Tale21. Paul Edmondson: Comical and tragicalReading: Measure for Measure22. Lynne Magnusson: Non-dramatic poetryReading: Shakespeare's sonnets23. Alan Armstrong: Unfamiliar ShakespeareIII. Shakespeare criticism24. Michael Taylor: The critical tradition25. Michael D. Bristol: Humanist interpretationsReading: King Lear26. Christy Desmet: Character criticismReading: Hamlet27. Leah Scragg: Source studyReading: As You Like It28. Inga-Stina Ewbank: Close readingReading: Richard III29. Jean E. Howard: Feminist criticismReading: Othello30. Bruce R. Smith: Studies in sexualityReading: The Merchant of Venice31. Lynne Enterline: Psychoanalytic criticismsReading: Venus and Adonis32. Jonathan Gil Harris: Materialist criticismsReading: Henry IV, Part One33. Jyotsna Singh: Postcolonial criticismsReading: The Tempest34. Kiernan Ryan: DeconstructionReading: Romeo and Juliet35. Patricia Tatspaugh: Performance history: Shakespeare on the stage: 1660-2001Reading: A Midsummer Night's Dream36. Miriam Gilbert: Performance criticismReading: The Taming of the ShrewIV. Shakespeare's afterlife37. Terence Hawkes: Introduction38. Laurie Maguire: Shakespeare published39. Michael Billington: Shakespeare and the modern British theatre40. Tony Howard: Shakespeare on film and video41. David Kathman: The question of authorship42. John Gross: Shakespeare's influence43. Ton Hoenselaars: Shakespeare and translation44. Georgiana Ziegler: Commemorating Shakespeare45. Michael Best: Internet and CD-Rom resources

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`At 700 pages and with over 40 well-known contributors, this breezeblock of a Guide is the quintessential college textbook. And a very good textbook it is. Coherently organised in four sections ... a wealth of information is presented at a reading level mainly that of an able college studentwho already has some acquaintance with Shakespeare.''Rex Gibson, Around the Globe 1/9/03