Shakespeare: The Basics

Shakespeare: The Basics

Shakespeare: The Basics

Shakespeare: The Basics

Synopsis

Aimed squarely at the student new to Shakespeare, this volume provides a through introduction to the plays, based on the exciting new approaches shaping the field of Shakespeare studies. The author offers a refreshingly clear guide to Shakespeare's language; the plays as performance texts; the cultural and political contexts of the plays; early modern theatre practice; new understandings of the major genres.

Excerpt

In the course of the last twenty-five years there have been great changes in the way Shakespeare is studied at undergraduate level and above. These changes are only now beginning to take hold in schools and colleges, where character, plot and theme - ideas that rarely appear in contemporary Shakespeare studies - have until the very recent past been dominant. This means that when students arrive at university they feel unprepared and surprised at what they encounter in their first few lectures on Shakespeare. It means also that those students who take English only so far as A Level are not being kept abreast with the subject's development. Questions set at A Level in England and

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