Shakespeare: The Tragedies

Hardcover | April 14, 2001

byJohn Russell Brown

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This comprehensive and well-informed study is also a work of detection and reappraisal. Each tragedy is considered both as a text and as a play to experience in performance. Shakespeare's engagement with this form of drama is followed step-by-step until its concluding years of intense activity. No theory of tragedy emerges, but rather an increasing ability to maintain and communicate a clear-eyed perception of a changing and often violent society in which action is stronger than words or conscious intention.

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This comprehensive and well-informed study is also a work of detection and reappraisal. Each tragedy is considered both as a text and as a play to experience in performance. Shakespeare's engagement with this form of drama is followed step-by-step until its concluding years of intense activity. No theory of tragedy emerges, but rather ...

John Russell Brown is a Research Consultant for Middlesex University and has written many books on Shakespeare, including Discovering Shakespeare and William Shakespeare: Writing for Performance.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 8.72 × 5.8 × 1.06 inPublished:April 14, 2001Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0333589564

ISBN - 13:9780333589564

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Table of Contents

Introduction * A Theatre for Tragedy * Titus Andronicus : A First Tragedy * Popular Tragedies and their Audiences * Richard III and Richard II : Historical Tragedies * Romeo and Juliet : An Innovative Tragedy * From King John to Henry V : Histories and Heroes * Julius Caesar : Unsettling an Audience * Hamlet : Sources and Context * Hamlet : Action and Audience * Othello : Sexuality and Difference * King Lear: Part One * King Lear: Part Two * Macbeth : Order and Imagination * Antony and Cleopatra : A Wider View * Coriolanus : Strength and Weakness * Timon of Athens and Beyond Tragedy

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A comprehensive introduction to the complexities of Shakespeare's work; few authors attempt ti civer so much in a single volume. Library Journal