Shakespeare And Multiplicity by Brian GibbonsShakespeare And Multiplicity by Brian Gibbons

Shakespeare And Multiplicity

byBrian Gibbons

Paperback | November 2, 2006

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Brian Gibbons presents the idea of multiplicity as a way of understanding the form and style of Shakespeare's plays: composed of many different codes, woven together in a unique pattern for each play, rather than variations on fixed notions of comedy or tragedy. Selecting from different phases of Shakespeare's career, the book's method is comparison, using an imaginative range of texts and new approaches; there is also lively discussion of modern staging. Comparison with major works by Spenser, Sidney and Marlowe is complemented by a demonstration of Shakespeare's re-use of his own previous plays and poems. Far from reducing the plays to a formula, Brian Gibbons shows how criticism articulates what popular audiences have always known, that the plays' sheer abundance and variety is their strength. This 1993 book is scholarly, yet straightforward, on an issue of central interest.

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Title:Shakespeare And MultiplicityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:November 2, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521031249

ISBN - 13:9780521031240

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Fabled Cymbeline; 3. A speechless dialect: interpreting the human body in Shakespeare's plays; 4. Shakespeare's 'road of excess': Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear; 5. Always topical: Measure for Measure; 6. Amorous fictions in As You Like It; 7. Unstable Proteus: Marlowe and Antony and Cleopatra; 8. Multiplicity; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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'In this continuously stimulating book ... studies ... are all richly argued, informed by a strong sense of the plays in the theatre, and of the ways in which they can be remade in a contemporary context ... This is a consistently readable book, free from jargon, but not therefore from subtlety.' David Lindley, Shakespeare Survey