Shakespeares Tragedies: An Introduction by Dieter MehlShakespeares Tragedies: An Introduction by Dieter Mehl

Shakespeares Tragedies: An Introduction

byDieter Mehl

Paperback | January 30, 1987

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This book introduces the students and the general reader to Shakespeare's tragedies and to the problems of interpreting them. Traditional questions and answers regarding the texts, as well as their realization in performance, are examined, and it is shown how the plays do not offer easy of final solutions to the tragic dilemmas presented, but engage the reader and spectator in a debate with more than one possible outcome. Each of the tragedies is examined separately, with discussions of its provenance, its stage history and critical history, and of the problems associated with its categorization as part of the 'tragic' genre. He refers widely to a representative body of Shakespearian criticism, and provides a useful bibliography which indicates the best sources for a reader wishing to pursue individual themes further. The book is carefully written and should serve as a valuable introduction for anyone wanting to gain a sense of the richness of the plays and the diversity of debate and interpretation that has surrounded them.
Title:Shakespeares Tragedies: An IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:January 30, 1987Publisher:Cambridge University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521316901

ISBN - 13:9780521316903


Table of Contents

Preface; A note on the texts; 1. Introduction: Shakespeare and the idea of tragedy; 2. The early tragedies; 3. The 'great' tragedies; 4. Romans and Greeks in Shakespeare's tragedies; Abbreviations; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.