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Routledge Library Editions: Study of Shakespeare


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This 14-volume set contains titles originally published between 1926 and 1992. An eclectic mix, this collection examines Shakespeare’s work from a number of different perspectives, looking at history, language, performance and more it includes references to many of his plays as well as his sonnets.

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"Fanned and Winnowed Opinions": Shakespearean Essays Presented to Harold Jenkins

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Edited By John W. Mahon, Thomas A. Pendleton
February 12, 2023

Originally published in 1987, "Fanned and Winnowed Opinions" celebrates the scholarship of Professor Harold Jenkins, one of this century’s foremost editors and critics of Shakespeare. All of the essays address Shakespearean topics, and many of the sixteen focus on the years between 1595 and 1605, ...

A Specimen of a Commentary on Shakspeare Being the Text of the First (1794) Edition Revised by the Author and Never Previously Published

A Specimen of a Commentary on Shakspeare: Being the Text of the First (1794) Edition Revised by the Author and Never Previously Published

1st Edition

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By Walter Whiter, Alan Over, Mary Bell
February 12, 2023

If it is not generally known that the foundations of twentieth-century criticism of Shakespeare’s imagery were laid over one hundred and fifty years ago, the explanation lies in the limited availability of the single original edition of Walter Whiter’s Specimen of a Commentary on Shakspeare ...

Human Conflict in Shakespeare

Human Conflict in Shakespeare

1st Edition

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By S. C. Boorman
February 12, 2023

Conflict is at the heart of much of Shakespeare’s drama. Frequently there is an overt setting of violence, as in Macbeth, but, more significantly there is often ‘interior’ conflict. Many of Shakespeare’s most striking and important characters – Hamlet and Othello are good examples – are at war with...

Onstage and Offstage Worlds in Shakespeare's Plays

Onstage and Offstage Worlds in Shakespeare's Plays

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By Anthony Brennan
February 12, 2023

Originally published in 1989, this book focuses on the handling of the relationship between the onstage world and the offstage world, between the world that Shakespeare shows us and the one he tells us about. It is developed in two parts. Initially examined is the way reports are used in ...

Public and Private Man in Shakespeare

Public and Private Man in Shakespeare

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By J. M. Gregson
February 12, 2023

The potential duality of human character and its capacity for dissembling was a source of fascination to the Elizabethan dramatists. Where many of them used the Machiavellian picture to draw one fair-faced scheming villain after another, Shakespeare absorbed more deeply the problem of the tensions ...

Reflections From Shakespeare A Series of Lectures

Reflections From Shakespeare: A Series of Lectures

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By Lena Ashwell, Roger Pocock
February 12, 2023

Originally published in 1926, this title was edited from a series of lectures the author gave to raise money for her theatre group the Lena Ashwell Players. Through her work as a producer the author gained a deeper knowledge of a number of Shakespeare’s plays and in order to support her work gave a...

Returning to Shakespeare

Returning to Shakespeare

1st Edition

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By Brian Vickers
February 12, 2023

Returning to Shakespeare addresses two broad areas of Shakespeare criticism: the unity of form and meaning, and the history of the plays’ reception. Originally published in 1989, the collection represents the best of Brian Vickers’ work from the previous fifteen years, in a revised and expanded ...

Shakespeare and Tragedy

Shakespeare and Tragedy

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By John Bayley
February 12, 2023

Every generation develops its own approach to tragedy, attitudes successively influenced by such classic works as A. C. Bradley’s Shakespearean Tragedy and the studies in interpretation by G. Wilson Knight. A comprehensive new book on the subject by an author of the same calibre was long overdue. ...

Shakespeare's Other Language

Shakespeare's Other Language

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By Ruth Nevo
February 12, 2023

Shakespeare’s last plays, the tragicomic Romances, are notoriously strange plays, riddled with fabulous events and incredible coincidences, magic and dream. These features have sometimes been interpreted as the carelessness of an of an aging dramatist weary of his craft, or justified as folklore ...

Shakespeare’s Roman Worlds

Shakespeare’s Roman Worlds

1st Edition

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By Vivian Thomas
February 12, 2023

The ‘infinite variety’ of Shakespeare’s Roman plays is reflected in the diversity of critical commentary to which they have given rise. Originally published in 1989, the distinguishing feature of this study is that it endeavours to convey a clear idea of the relationship between the characters and ...

Shakespeare’s Sugared Sonnets

Shakespeare’s Sugared Sonnets

1st Edition

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By Katharine M. Wilson
February 12, 2023

In the course of some research into the musical element in English poetry, Dr Wilson read the work of the Elizabethan sonneteers chronologically and was struck by a suspicion that Shakespeare’s sonnets were parodies. Later she carried out a more thorough investigation, and this book, originally ...

The Moral Universe of Shakespeare's Problem Plays

The Moral Universe of Shakespeare's Problem Plays

1st Edition

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By Vivian Thomas
February 12, 2023

What is it that makes Shakespeare’s problem plays problematic? Many critics have sought for the underlying vision or message of these puzzling and disturbing dramas. Originally published in 1987, the key to Viv Thomas’s new synthesis of the plays is the idea of fracture and dissolution in the ...

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