1st Edition

A Preface to Shakespeare's Tragedies

By Michael Mangan Copyright 1992
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is a study of four of Shakespeare's major tragedies - "Hamlet", "Othello", "King Lear" and "Macbeth". It looks at these plays in a variety of contexts - both in isolation and in relation to each other and to the cultural, ideological, social and political contexts which produced them.

    List of illustrations.  Acknowledgements.  Foreword.  Introduction.  Part One: Shakespeare's England
    1. Religious and philosophical developments. 2. Government and authority. 3. Elizabethan and Jacobean society
    4. `Words, words, words': Shakespeare's English. 5. Plays into print. Part Two: Shakespeare and the theatre of his time.  6. Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedy. 7. Shakespeare's theatre  8. Plays and audiences  Part Three: Critical Analysis  9. Hamlet.  10. Othello. 11. King Lear.  12. Macbeth. Postscript: What lies beyond tragedy? 
    Part Four: Reference Section  Short biographies.  Further reading.  Appendix: The theatres of Shakespeare's London.  Index


    Michael Mangan