The Routledge Guide to William Shakespeare

By Robert Shaughnessy

© 2011 – Routledge

488 pages

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About the Book

Demystifying and contextualising Shakespeare for the twenty-first century, this book offers both an introduction to the subject for beginners as well as an invaluable resource for more experienced Shakespeareans.

In this friendly, structured guide, Robert Shaughnessy:

  • introduces Shakespeare’s life and works in context, providing crucial historical background
  • looks at each of Shakespeare’s plays in turn, considering issues of historical context, contemporary criticism and performance history
  • provides detailed discussion of twentieth-century Shakespearean criticism, exploring the theories, debates and discoveries that shape our understanding of Shakespeare today
  • looks at contemporary performances of Shakespeare on stage and screen
  • provides further critical reading by play
  • outlines detailed chronologies of Shakespeare’s life and works and also of twentieth-century criticism

The companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/shaughnessy contains student-focused materials and resources, including an interactive timeline and annotated weblinks.

Reviews

"This book will be valuable to advanced undergraduates seeking a lucid, concise overview of recent decades in Shakespeare studies. Recommended."

- CHOICE

Table of Contents

1. Life and Contexts 2. Works 3. Criticism Chronology Bibliography Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT013000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
LIT015000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare