Shakespeare: The Late Plays by Kate AughtersonShakespeare: The Late Plays by Kate Aughterson

Shakespeare: The Late Plays

byKate Aughterson

Paperback | November 18, 2013

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What makes Shakespeare's late plays so special? Through detailed analyses of key passages, Kate Aughterson shows how these plays portray a world of political intrigue, familial chaos and crisis, which teeters continually into tragedy: a world we can recognise today.

Part I of this engaging study:
• provides stimulating close readings of extracts from The Tempest, The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline and Pericles
• examines major topics such as openings, endings, familial roles, stage properties, spectacle and song
• offers suggestions for further work and summarizes the methods of analysis.

Part II supplies essential background material, including:
• detailed accounts of Shakespeare's literary and historical contexts
• samples from important critical works and performances.

With a helpful Further Reading section, this illuminating volume is ideal for anyone who wishes to appreciate and explore Shakespeare's late plays for themselves.
Kate Aughterson is Principal Lecturer and Academic Programme Leader for English Literature at the University of Brighton, UK. She is the author of Webster: The Tragedies and Aphra Behn: The Comedies, both also in the Analysing Texts series.
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Title:Shakespeare: The Late PlaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.02 inPublished:November 18, 2013Publisher:Macmillan Education UKLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230368638

ISBN - 13:9780230368637

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Table of Contents

General Editor's Preface
A Note on Editions
Introduction: Ways of Reading
PART I: ANALYSING SHAKESPEARE'S LATE PLAYS
1. Openings
2. Turning Points: Tragedy and Comedy
3. Endings
4. Fathers, Sons and Husbands
5. Mothers, Daughters and Wives
6. Masters, Servants and Slaves: Society and Politics
7. Stage Properties
8. Spectacle and Theatricality
9. Music and SongGeneral Conclusions to Part I
PART II: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS
Shakespeare's Literary Career
Jacobean Contexts
Sample Critical Views and Performances
Further Reading
Index