Literature: Collections

Discovering Shakespeare

We're delighted to share this collection with you which showcases our full range of Shakespearian content.

From research works and textbooks to FreeBooks, interviews with Shakespearean experts, and special discount offers, you will find it all here.

Essential Shakespeare

  • Acting Shakespeare is Outrageous!

    Playing the Bard for Beginners

    By Herb Parker

    Performing the work of William Shakespeare can be daunting to new actors. Author Herb Parker posits that his work is played easier if actors think of the plays as happening out of outrageous situations, and remember just how non-realistic and presentational Shakespeare’s plays were meant to be…

    Paperback – 2017-07-06
    Focal Press

  • How Shakespeare Became Colonial

    Editorial Tradition and the British Empire

    By Leah S. Marcus

    In this fascinating book, Leah S. Marcus argues that the colonial context in which Shakespeare was edited and disseminated during the heyday of the British Empire has left a mark on Shakespeare’s texts to the present day. How Shakespeare Became Colonial offers a unique and engaging argument,…

    Paperback – 2017-03-16

  • Women and Shakespeare's Cuckoldry Plays

    Shifting Narratives of Marital Betrayal

    By Cristina León Alfar

    How does a woman become a whore? What are the discursive dynamics making a woman a whore? And, more importantly, what are the discursive mechanics of unmaking? In Women and Shakespeare’s Cuckoldry Plays: Shifting Narratives of Marital Betrayal, Cristina León Alfar pursues these questions to tease…

    Hardback – 2017-02-16
    Women and Gender in the Early Modern World

  • Shakespeare and the Power of the Face

    By James A. Knapp

    Throughout his plays, Shakespeare placed an extraordinary emphasis on the power of the face to reveal or conceal moral character and emotion, repeatedly inviting the audience to attend carefully to facial features and expressions. The essays collected here disclose that an attention to the power of…

    Hardback – 2015-08-28

  • Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance

    Appropriation, Transformation, Opposition

    By Michele Marrapodi

    Shakespeare and the Italian Renaissance investigates the works of Shakespeare and his fellow dramatists from within the context of the European Renaissance and, more specifically, from within the context of Italian cultural, dramatic, and literary traditions, with reference to the impact and…

    Hardback – 2014-11-28
    Anglo-Italian Renaissance Studies

  • Shakespeare, Theatre, and Time

    By Matthew Wagner

    That Shakespeare thematized time thoroughly, almost obsessively, in his plays is well established: time is, among other things, a 'devourer' (Love's Labour's Lost), one who can untie knots (Twelfth Night), or, perhaps most famously, simply ‘out of joint’ (Hamlet). Yet most critical commentary on…

    Paperback – 2014-07-17
    Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

  • Radical Shakespeare

    Politics and Stagecraft in the Early Career

    By Chris Fitter

    This book argues that Shakespeare was permanently preoccupied with the brutality, corruption, and ultimate groundlessness of the political order of his state, and that the impact of original Tudor censorship, supplemented by the relatively depoliticizing aesthetic traditions of later centuries,…

    Paperback – 2013-07-08
    Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

  • Shakespeare: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Sean McEvoy

    Now in its third edition Shakespeare: The Basics is an insightful and informative introduction to the work of William Shakespeare. Exploring all aspects of Shakespeare’s plays including the language, cultural contexts, and modern interpretations, this text looks at how a range of plays from across…

    Paperback – 2012-05-16
    The Basics

  • Shakespeare's Ghost Writers

    Literature as Uncanny Causality

    By Marjorie Garber

    The plays of Shakespeare are filled with ghosts – and ghost writing. Shakespeare's Ghost Writers is an examination of the authorship controversy surrounding Shakespeare: the claim made repeatedly that the plays were ghost written. Ghosts take the form of absences, erasures, even forgeries and…

    Paperback – 2010-05-11
    Routledge Classics

  • The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare

    Edited by John Russell Brown

    The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare is a major collaborative book about plays in performance. Thirty authoritative accounts describe in illuminating detail how some of theatre’s most talented directors have brought Shakespeare’s texts to the stage. Each chapter has a revealing story…

    Paperback – 2010-04-26

  • How to do Shakespeare

    By Adrian Noble

    'Adrian Noble vigorously highlights the extraordinary rhythmic, linguistic patterns Shakespeare gives the speaker. Any actor will find this book invaluable. For any student of Shakespeare it should be essential.' (From the Foreword by Ralph Fiennes) 'How can I bring the text alive, make it vivid,…

    Paperback – 2009-11-27

  • Shakespeare's Bawdy

    4th Edition

    By Eric Partridge

    This classic of Shakespeare scholarship begins with a masterly introductory essay analysing and exemplifying the various categories of sexual and non-sexual bawdy expressions and allusions in Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The main body of the work consists of an alphabetical glossary of all…

    Paperback – 2001-05-18
    Routledge Classics

Shakespeare FreeBooks

Routledge is pleased to share with you a selection of FreeBooks containing curated content from some of our top Shakespearean titles written by leading experts.

Download Shakespeare on Film

Download Shakespeare's Language

Author Interview: Leah Marcus

We caught up with Leah Marcus to discuss her book How Shakespeare Became Colonial.

Read the interview