The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeares Tragedies by Janette DillonThe Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeares Tragedies by Janette Dillon

The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeares Tragedies

byJanette Dillon

Paperback | March 19, 2007

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Macbeth clutches an imaginary dagger; Hamlet holds up Yorick's skull; Lear enters with Cordelia in his arms. Do these memorable and iconic moments have anything to tell us about the definition of Shakespearean tragedy? Is it in fact helpful to talk about 'Shakespearean tragedy' as a concept, or are there only Shakespearean tragedies? What kind of figure is the tragic hero? Is there always such a figure? What makes some plays more tragic than others? Beginning with a discussion of tragedy before Shakespeare and considering Shakespeare's tragedies chronologically one by one, this 2007 book seeks to investigate such questions in a way that highlights both the distinctiveness and shared concerns of each play within the broad trajectory of Shakespeare's developing exploration of tragic form.

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Janette Dillon is Professor of Drama at the School of English, University of Nottingham.
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Title:The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeares TragediesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.39 inPublished:March 19, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521674921

ISBN - 13:9780521674928

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Tragedy before Shakespeare; 2. Titus Andronicus; 3. Romeo and Juliet; 4. Julius Caesar; 5. Hamlet; 6. Othello; 7. Timon of Athens; 8. King Lear; 9. Macbeth; 10. Antony and Cleopatra; 11. Coriolanus.

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'Dillon provides an excellent brief account of English tragedies before Shakespeare.' Journal of British Studies