Biography & Autobiography

Antony and Cleopatra

Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare,John Wilders

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781904271017

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 331

View: 4858

A new edition of Shakespeare's evocative tragedy of ambition and love, edited by the literary advisor to the BBC TV Shakespeare series.
Drama

Antony and Cleopatra

Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare,John Wilders

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781904271000

Category: Drama

Page: 352

View: 7768

John Wilders - literary advisor to the BBC TV Shakespeare series - brings thorough scholarship and a practical understanding of performance needs to this new edition. Clarity, accessibility and rigour are the hallmarks of an edition which will provide invaluable guidance for all its readers. "This edition has a very helpful introduction and good clear text, as well as the exceptionally excellent and detailed notes." Dr Michael Herbert, St Andrews University 'Â…a useful treatment of a complex play' Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly
Drama

Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare,John Wilders

Publisher: Arden Shakespeare

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 331

View: 7831

Antony and Cleopatra is one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies: a spectacular, widely-ranging drama of love and war, passion and politics.
Drama

The Arden Shakespeare Complete Works

Author: William Shakespeare,Richard Proudfoot,Ann Thompson,David Scott Kastan

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781904271031

Category: Drama

Page: 1360

View: 2754

An authoritative, classic edition of Shakespeare's complete works in one hardcover volume.
Literary Criticism

Antony and Cleopatra: Language and Writing

Author: Virginia Mason Vaughan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408185717

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 184

View: 5114

Reading Antony and Cleopatra is particularly challenging because of Shakespeare's masterful embodiment of Rome and Egypt's contrasting worlds in language, structure, and characterization. Instead of seeing the interaction of Roman and Egyptian perspectives in Antony and Cleopatra as a type of double image of reality that changes as one moves from one location to another, students often find themselves compelled to pick sides. The more romantic opt for Cleopatra as the most sympathetic character, while the pragmatists dismiss her lifestyle as self-indulgent. The central challenge in reading this play, in other words, is to resist the compulsion to take sides and, instead, to adopt a 'both-and' point of view rather than an 'either-or' choice. The play's central binary - Rome vs. Egypt - is deeply embedded in its language and structure, yet the play consistently complicates our view of either side. The book encourages students to think outside the binary box, to understand, and to celebrate, Shakespeare's exploitation of the multivalent nature of language. As well as helping students to analyse the intricacy of Shakespeare's language in Antony and Cleopatra, each chapter's 'Writing matters' section enables students to develop their own writing strategies in coursework and examinations.
Literary Criticism

Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness

Author: Sarah Beckwith

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801461101

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

View: 3969

Shakespeare lived at a time when England was undergoing the revolution in ritual theory and practice we know as the English Reformation. With it came an unprecedented transformation in the language of religious life. Whereas priests had once acted as mediators between God and men through sacramental rites, Reformed theology declared the priesthood of all believers. What ensued was not the tidy replacement of one doctrine by another but a long and messy conversation about the conventions of religious life and practice. In this brilliant and strikingly original book, Sarah Beckwith traces the fortunes of this conversation in Shakespeare's theater. Beckwith focuses on the sacrament of penance, which in the Middle Ages stood as the very basis of Christian community and human relations. With the elimination of this sacrament, the words of penance and repentance-"confess," "forgive," "absolve" -no longer meant (no longer could mean) what they once did. In tracing the changing speech patterns of confession and absolution, both in Shakespeare's work and Elizabethan and Jacobean culture more broadly, Beckwith reveals Shakespeare's profound understanding of the importance of language as the fragile basis of our relations with others. In particular, she shows that the post-tragic plays, especially Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest, are explorations of the new regimes and communities of forgiveness. Drawing on the work of J. L. Austin, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Stanley Cavell, Beckwith enables us to see these plays in an entirely new light, skillfully guiding us through some of the deepest questions that Shakespeare poses to his audiences.
Drama

Titus Andronicus

Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare,Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781904271147

Category: Drama

Page: 328

View: 7036

After centuries of vilification and neglect by both scholars and actors, Titus Andronicus has at last come to be recognized as one of ShakespeareÂ's early masterpieces. In this powerful and ground-breaking edition, Bate offers a complete and radical reappraisal of ShakespeareÂ's bloodiest tragedy, seeing it as one of the dramatistÂ's most inventive plays, a complex and self-conscious improvisation upon classical sources. BateÂ's introduction does full justice to the playÂ's artfulness and sophistication, puts forward new arguments regarding the playÂ's date, sources and early stage history, and devotes extended discussion to great modern productions such as those of Peter Brook and Deborah Warner. In an age in which dramatic representation of violence has become an issue of enormous controversy, Titus Andronicus is the essential play; BateÂ's seminal edition indicates just how far, with this early work, the young Shakespeare has already travelled towards the masterpiece of his maturity, King Lear. 'Â…a great edition of a great play' Julie Taymor, Director TITUS, 20th Century Fox, 1999 "Bate makes a really positive virtue of his treatment of the play in performance...putting a vigorous account of Titus on stage at very stage-centre in his Introduction. Using this section as a means for raising fundamental questions as to the playÂ's style, coherence, and meaning, Bate achieves a remarkable fusion between performance history and criticism." John Jowett, Shakespeare Survey 'Â…impressive and excitingÂ…' Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly 'This is an outstanding edition of Titus, especially for its treatment of textual questions and of recent performance history. It supersedes all previous editions' Dr P Hartle, St Catherines College, Cambridge
Drama

Shakespeare's Theatres and the Effects of Performance

Author: Farah Karim Cooper,Tiffany Stern

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408157055

Category: Drama

Page: 306

View: 8007

How did Elizabethan and Jacobean acting companies create their visual and aural effects? What materials were available to them and how did they influence staging and writing? What impact did the sensations of theatre have on early modern audiences? How did the construction of the playhouses contribute to technological innovations in the theatre? What effect might these innovations have had on the writing of plays? Shakespeare's Theatres and The Effects of Performance is a landmark collection of essays by leading international scholars addressing these and other questions to create a unique and comprehensive overview of the practicalities and realities of the theatre in the early modern period.
Literary Criticism

Essential Shakespeare

The Arden Guide to Text and Interpretation

Author: Pamela Bickley,Jenny Stevens

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472535847

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 360

View: 1810

An introductory critical study for first year undergraduates which bridges the gap between A Level and university study. The book offers an accessible overview of key critical perspectives, early modern contexts, and methods of close reading, as well as screen and stage performances spanning several decades. Organised around the discussion of fourteen major plays, it introduces readers to the diverse theoretical approaches typical of today's English studies. This is a go-to resource that can be consulted thematically or by individual play or genre. Critical approaches can overwhelm students who are daunted by the quantity and complexity of current scholarship; Bickley and Stevens are experienced teachers at both A and university level and are thus uniquely qualified to show how a mix of critical ideas can be used to inform ways of thinking about a play.

Antony and Cleopatra

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: World Best Original Classic

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 5566

Drama

The Tempest

Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408139308

Category: Drama

Page: 416

View: 3275

The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most popular plays, both in the classroom and in the theatre, and this revision brings the Arden 3 edition right up-to-date. A completely new section of the introduction discusses new thinking about Shakespeare's sources for the play and examines his treatment of colonial themes, as well as covering key productions since this edition was first published in 1999. Alden and Virginia Vaughan's edition of The Tempest is much valued for its authority and originality and their revision brings it up-to-date, making it even more relevant and useful to studetns and theatre practitioners.
Drama

Macbeth

Third Series

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408153734

Category: Drama

Page: 408

View: 1371

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's most performed and studied tragedies. This major new Arden edition offers students detailed on-page commentary notes highlighting meaning and theatrical ideas and themes, as well as an illustrated, lengthy introduction setting the play in its historical, theatrical and critical context and outlining the recent debates about Middleton's possible co-authorship of some scenes. A comprehensive and informative edition ideal for students and teachers seeking to explore the play in depth, whether in the classroom or on the stage.
Drama

Antony and Cleopatra

Authoritative Text, Sources, Analogues, and Contexts, Criticism, Adaptations, Rewritings, and Appropriations

Author: William Shakespeare,Ania Loomba

Publisher: W. W. Norton

ISBN: 9780393930771

Category: Drama

Page: 365

View: 9089

William Shakespeare’s great Roman tragedy of adultery amid political conflict is now available in a richly documented and illustrated Norton Critical Edition.
Literary Criticism

The Tempest: A Critical Reader

Author: Alden T. Vaughan,Virginia Mason Vaughan

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 147251842X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

View: 796

The Tempest contains sublime poetry and catchy songs, magic and low comedy, while it tackles important contemporary concerns: education, power politics, the effects of colonization, and technology. In this guide, Alden T. Vaughan and Virginia Mason Vaughan open up new ways into one of Shakespeare's most popular, malleable and controversial plays.

Timon of Athens

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 100

View: 4948

Literary Criticism

Women Making Shakespeare

Text, Reception and Performance

Author: Gordon McMullan,Lena Cowen Orlin,Virginia Mason Vaughan

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472539389

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 384

View: 6490

Women Making Shakespeare presents a series of 20-25 short essays that draw on a variety of resources, including interviews with directors, actors, and other performance practitioners, to explore the place (or constitutive absence) of women in the Shakespearean text and in the history of Shakespearean reception - the many ways women, working individually or in communities, have shaped and transformed the reception, performance, and teaching of Shakespeare from the 17th century to the present. The book highlights the essential role Shakespeare's texts have played in the historical development of feminism. Rather than a traditional collection of essays, Women Making Shakespeare brings together materials from diverse resources and uses diverse research methods to create something new and transformative. Among the many women's interactions with Shakespeare to be considered are acting (whether on the professional stage, in film, on lecture tours, or in staged readings), editing, teaching, academic writing, and recycling through adaptations and appropriations (film, novels, poems, plays, visual arts).
Literary Criticism

Shakespeare's Metrical Art

Author: George T. Wright

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520076427

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

View: 2154

This is a wide-ranging, poetic analysis of the great English poetic line, iambic pentameter, as used by Chaucer, Sidney, Milton, and particularly by Shakespeare. George T. Wright offers a detailed survey of Shakespeare's brilliantly varied metrical keyboard and shows how it augments the expressiveness of his characters' stage language.
Drama

Julius Caesar

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Akasha Classics

ISBN: 9781603033794

Category: Drama

Page: 136

View: 7479

What actions are justified when the fate of a nation hangs in the balance, and who can see the best path ahead? Julius Caesar has led Rome successfully in the war against Pompey and returns celebrated and beloved by the people. Yet in the senate fears intensify that his power may become supreme and threaten the welfare of the republic. A plot for his murder is hatched by Caius Cassius who persuades Marcus Brutus to support him. Though Brutus has doubts, he joins Cassius and helps organize a group of conspirators that assassinate Caesar on the Ides of March. But, what is the cost to a nation now erupting into civil war? A fascinating study of political power, the consequences of actions, the meaning of loyalty and the false motives that guide the actions of men, Julius Caesar is action packed theater at its finest.
Literary Criticism

Much Ado About Nothing

Revised Edition

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474216102

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 1589

Much Ado About Nothing presents a battle of the sexes in more ways than one: as both a lightning-fast skirmish of wits between two famously disputatious lovers, and a near-deadly conflict built on conventions of gender and male rivalry. Claire McEachern's new introduction brings this best-seller right up to date, analysing recent developments in criticism and the latest productions of this comedy.
Fiction

Brideshead Revisited

Author: Evelyn Waugh

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316216534

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 5475

The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece-a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire. Through the story of Charles Ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities. At once romantic, sensuous, comic, and somber, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity.