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Shakespeare

  • King Lear and the Godsby William R. Elton

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 19.95

    Many critics hold that Shakespeare's King Lear is primarily a drama of meaningful suffering and redemption within a just universe ruled by providential higher powers. William Elton's King Lear and the Gods challenges the validity of this widespread optimistic view. Testing the prevailing view against the play's acknowledged sources, and analyzing... more...

  • The Re-Imagined Textby Jean I. Marsden

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Shakespeare's plays were not always the inviolable texts they are almost universally considered to be today. The Restoration and eighteenth century committed what many critics view as one of the most subversive acts in literary history -- the rewriting and restructuring of Shakespeare's plays. Many of us are familiar with Nahum Tate's "audacious"... more...

  • Shakespeare and the Poet's Lifeby Gary Schmidgall

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Shakespeare and the Poet's Life explores a central biographical question: why did Shakespeare choose to cease writing sonnets and court-focused long poems like The Rape of Lucrece and Venus and Adonis and continue writing plays? Author Gary Schmidgall persuasively demonstrates the value of contemplating the professional reasons Shakespeare... more...

  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Religionby David Loewenstein; Michael Witmore

    Cambridge University Press 2015; US$ 79.00

    This volume freshly illuminates the diversity of early modern religious beliefs, practices and issues, and their representation in Shakespeare's plays. more...

  • Shakespeare, Our Contemporaryby Jan Kott

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 30.00

    Shakespeare, Our Contemporary  is a provocative, original study of the major plays of Shakespeare. More than that, it is one of the few critical works to have strongly influenced theatrical productions. Peter Brook and Charles Marowitz are among the many directors who have acknowledged their debt to Jan Kott, finding in his analogies between Shakespearean... more...

  • Sensory Experience and the Metropolis on the Jacobean Stage (1603–1625)by Hristomir A. Stanev

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 104.95

    At the turn of the seventeenth century, Hristomir Stanev argues, ideas about the senses became part of a dramatic and literary tradition in England, concerned with the impact of metropolitan culture. Drawing upon an archive of early modern dramatic and prose writings, and on recent interdisciplinary studies of sensory perception, Stanev here studies... more...

  • Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissanceby Michele Marrapodi

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2014; US$ 129.95

    This book investigates the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the European Renaissance, in the context of Italian cultural, dramatic and literary traditions. Contributors perceive the Italian presence in early modern England not as a traditional treasure trove of influence and imitation, but as a potential cultural force, consonant with... more...

  • A Midsummer Night's Dreamby William Shakespeare

    HarperCollins Canada 2014; US$ 1.99

    True love takes the stage at the marriage of Theseus, Duke of Athens, and Hipployta, as the fairies of the forest interfere with the lives of mortals attending the wedding feast. Although betrothed to Demetrius, Hermia is in love with Lysander and must choose between bowing to her father?s wishes or a life of chastity. But Helena is in love with Demetrius,... more...

  • All's Well That Ends Wellby William Shakespeare

    HarperCollins Canada 2014; US$ 1.99

    Desperately in love with Bertram, the son of a Spanish countess, Helena schemes with the virginal Diana to fulfill Bertram?s stipulations and win his love. As Bertram?s infidelity and Helena?s deceits are revealed, the estranged lovers reunite, but the audience is left to wonder if, in love, the end justifies the means. Known as ?The Bard of Avon,?... more...

  • Antony and Cleopatraby William Shakespeare

    HarperCollins Canada 2014; US$ 1.99

    The loyalties of Antony and Cleopatra are tested with tragic outcomes as the soldier of Rome and the queen of Egypt struggle against the power and authority of the emerging Roman Empire. During a mission to Egypt, Antony falls immediately and irrevocably in love with its queen, the beautiful Cleopatra. As Cleopatra returns his favour, their fates... more...