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Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Plays & playwrights > 16th to 18th centuries > Shakespeare studies & criticism

The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover): Dk The Shakespeare Book (Hardcover)
Dk 1
R553 R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Save R88 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

The Shakespeare Book is the perfect primer to the works of William Shakespeare, packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes.

This bold book covers every work, from the comedies of Twelfth Night and As You Like It to the tragedies of Julius Caesar and Hamlet, plus lost plays and less well-known works of poetry. Easy-to-understand graphics and illustrations bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life, including illustrated timelines which offer an at-a-glance summary of the action for each play. With detailed plot summaries and an in-depth analysis of the major characters and themes, this is a brilliant, innovative exploration of the entire canon of Shakespeare plays, sonnets and poetry.

Whether you're a Shakespeare scholar or a student of the great Bard, The Shakespeare Book offers a fuller appreciation of his phenomenal talent and lasting legacy.

Shakespeare in Print - A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition): Andrew Murphy Shakespeare in Print - A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (Hardcover, 2nd Revised edition)
Andrew Murphy
R2,946 Discovery Miles 29 460 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Described by the TLS as 'a formidable bibliographical achievement ... destined to become a key reference work for Shakespeareans', Shakespeare in Print is now issued in a revised and expanded edition offering a wealth of new material, including a chapter which maps the history of digital editions from the earliest computer-generated texts to the very latest digital resources. Murphy's narrative offers a masterful overview of the history of Shakespeare publishing and editing, teasing out the greater cultural significance of the ways in which the plays and poems have been disseminated and received over the centuries from Shakespeare's time to our own. The opening chapters have been completely rewritten to offer close engagement with the careers of the network of publishers and printers who first brought Shakespeare to print, additional material has been added to all chapters, and the chronological appendix has been updated and expanded.

Shakespeare's 'Lady Editors' - A New History of the Shakespearean Text (Hardcover, New edition): Molly G. Yarn Shakespeare's 'Lady Editors' - A New History of the Shakespearean Text (Hardcover, New edition)
Molly G. Yarn
R861 R813 Discovery Miles 8 130 Save R48 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The basic history of the Shakespearean editorial tradition is familiar and well-established. For nearly three centuries, men - most of them white and financially privileged - ensconced themselves in private and hard-to-access libraries, hammering out 'their' versions of Shakespeare's text. They produced enormous, learned tomes: monuments to their author's greatness and their own reputations. What if this is not the whole story? A bold, revisionist and alternative version of Shakespearean editorial history, this book recovers the lives and labours of almost seventy women editors. It challenges the received wisdom that, when it came to Shakespeare, the editorial profession was entirely male-dominated until the late twentieth century. In doing so, it demonstrates that taking these women's work seriously can transform our understanding of the history of editing, of the nature of editing as an enterprise, and of how we read Shakespeare in history.

How to Think like Shakespeare - Lessons from a Renaissance Education (Paperback): Scott Newstok How to Think like Shakespeare - Lessons from a Renaissance Education (Paperback)
Scott Newstok
R236 Discovery Miles 2 360 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

A lively and engaging guide to vital habits of mind that can help you think more deeply, write more effectively, and learn more joyfully How to Think like Shakespeare is a brilliantly fun exploration of the craft of thought-one that demonstrates what we've lost in education today, and how we might begin to recover it. In fourteen brief chapters that draw from Shakespeare's world and works, and from other writers past and present, Scott Newstok distills enduring practices that can make learning more creative and pleasurable. Challenging a host of today's questionable notions about education, Newstok shows how mental play emerges through work, creativity through imitation, autonomy through tradition, innovation through constraint, and freedom through discipline. It was these practices, and a conversation with the past-not a fruitless obsession with assessment-that nurtured a mind like Shakespeare's. And while few of us can hope to approach the genius of the Bard, we can all learn from the exercises that shaped him. Written in a friendly, conversational tone and brimming with insights, How to Think like Shakespeare enacts the thrill of thinking on every page, reviving timeless-and timely-ways to stretch your mind and hone your words.

Tales from Shakespear - Designed for the Use of Young Persons (Paperback): Charles Lamb Tales from Shakespear - Designed for the Use of Young Persons (Paperback)
Charles Lamb
R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Shakespeare Manual (Paperback): Frederick Gard Fleay Shakespeare Manual (Paperback)
Frederick Gard Fleay
R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Shakespeare an Archer (Paperback): William Lowes Rushton Shakespeare an Archer (Paperback)
William Lowes Rushton
R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Tales from Shakspere (Paperback): Charles Lamb Tales from Shakspere (Paperback)
Charles Lamb
R493 Discovery Miles 4 930 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and War (Paperback, New edition): David Loewenstein, Paul Stevens The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and War (Paperback, New edition)
David Loewenstein, Paul Stevens
R644 Discovery Miles 6 440 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Written by a team of leading international scholars, The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and War illuminates the ways Shakespeare's works provide a rich and imaginative resource for thinking about the topic of war. Contributors explore the multiplicity of conflicting perspectives his dramas offer: war depicted from chivalric, masculine, nationalistic, and imperial perspectives; war depicted as a source of great excitement and as a theater of honor; war depicted from realistic or skeptical perspectives that expose the butchery, suffering, illness, famine, degradation, and havoc it causes. The essays in this volume examine the representations and rhetoric of war throughout Shakespeare's plays, as well as the modern history of the war plays on stage, in film, and in propaganda. This book offers fresh perspectives on Shakespeare's multifaceted representations of the complexities of early modern warfare, while at the same time illuminating why his perspectives on war and its consequences continue to matter now and in the future.

As You Like It (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): William Shakespeare As You Like It (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Michael Hattaway
R296 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R34 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Michael Hattaway's Introduction to this bestselling edition of As You Like It accounts for what makes this popular play both innocent and dangerous. This third edition includes a new section on recent critical interpretations, including sections on ecocriticism, peace studies, and myths of gender, on recent as well as past stage productions and films of the play, as well as fresh illustrations. An appendix on an early court performance in 1599, commentary on the play's language, the book trade, and the discursive cultures of its time, as well as an updated reading list are also included.

All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover): William Shakespeare All the Sonnets of Shakespeare (Hardcover)
William Shakespeare; Edited by Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells
R361 R305 Discovery Miles 3 050 Save R56 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture. This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare's sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare's sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare's inner life and professional expertise. Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

Shakespeare in Fact and in Criticism (Paperback): Appleton Morgan Shakespeare in Fact and in Criticism (Paperback)
Appleton Morgan
R436 Discovery Miles 4 360 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

Illustrations of Shakespeare, and of Ancient Manners - With Dissertations on the Clowns and Fools of Shakespeare; On the... Illustrations of Shakespeare, and of Ancient Manners - With Dissertations on the Clowns and Fools of Shakespeare; On the Collection of Popular Tales En (Paperback)
Francis Douce
R616 Discovery Miles 6 160 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Paperback): Jonathan Bate How the Classics Made Shakespeare (Paperback)
Jonathan Bate
R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics, a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare's imagination Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having "small Latin and less Greek." But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history, and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil, and Seneca. In a book that combines stylistic brilliance, accessibility, and extraordinary range, acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare, offers groundbreaking insights into how, perhaps more than any other influence, the classics made Shakespeare the writer he became.

Much Adoe about Nothing (Paperback): William Shakespeare Much Adoe about Nothing (Paperback)
William Shakespeare
R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

Shakespeare Survey 74 - Shakespeare and Education (Hardcover): Emma Smith Shakespeare Survey 74 - Shakespeare and Education (Hardcover)
Emma Smith
R2,430 Discovery Miles 24 300 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Shakespeare Survey is a yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production. Since 1948, Survey has published the best international scholarship in English and many of its essays have become classics of Shakespeare criticism. Each volume is devoted to a theme, or play, or group of plays; each also contains a section of reviews of that year's textual and critical studies and of the year's major British performances. The theme for Volume 74 is 'Shakespeare and Education. The complete set of Survey volumes is also available online at https://www.cambridge.org/core/what-we-publish/collections/shakespeare-survey This fully searchable resource enables users to browse by author, essay and volume, search by play, theme and topic and save and bookmark their results.

Notes on the Sonnets (Paperback): Luke Kennard Notes on the Sonnets (Paperback)
Luke Kennard
R270 R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Save R43 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Luke Kennard recasts Shakespeare's 154 sonnets as a series of anarchic prose poems set in the same joyless house party. A physicist explains dark matter in the kitchen. A crying man is consoled by a Sigmund Freud action figure. An out-of-hours doctor sells phials of dark red liquid from a briefcase. Someone takes out a guitar. Wry, insolent and self-eviscerating, Notes on the Sonnets riddles the Bard with the anxieties of the modern age, bringing Kennard's affectionate critique to subjects as various as love, marriage, God, metaphysics and a sad horse. 'Luke Kennard has the uncanny genius of being able to stick a knife in your heart with such originality and verve that you start thinking "aren't knives fascinating... and hearts, my god!" whilst everything slowly goes black.' - Caroline Bird A Poetry Book Society Recommendation

The Tragedy of King Lear (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): William Shakespeare The Tragedy of King Lear (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
William Shakespeare; Introduction by Lois Potter; Edited by Jay Halio
R309 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R37 (12%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

For this updated critical edition of King Lear, Lois Potter has written a completely new introduction, taking account of recent productions and reinterpretations of the play, with particular emphasis on its afterlife in global performance and adaptation. The edition retains the Textual Analysis of the previous editor, Jay L. Halio, shortened and with a new preface by Brian Gibbons. Professor Halio, accepting that we have two versions of equal authority, the one derived from Shakespeare's rough drafts, the other from a manuscript used in the playhouses during the seventeenth century, chooses the Folio as the text for this edition. He explains the differences between the two versions and alerts the reader to the rival claims of the quarto by means of a sampling of parallel passages in the Introduction and by an appendix which contains annotated passages unique to the quarto.

Four Shakespearean Period Pieces (Paperback): Margreta De Grazia Four Shakespearean Period Pieces (Paperback)
Margreta De Grazia
R620 Discovery Miles 6 200 Ships in 10 - 20 work days

In the study of Shakespeare since the eighteenth century, four key concepts have served to situate Shakespeare in history: chronology, periodization, secularization, and anachronism. Yet recent theoretical work has called for their reappraisal. Anachronisms, previously condemned as errors in the order of time, are being hailed as alternatives to that order. Conversely chronology and periods, its mainstays, are now charged with having distorted the past they have been entrusted to represent, and secularization, once considered the driving force of the modern era, no longer holds sway over the past or the present. In light of this reappraisal, can Shakespeare studies continue unshaken? This is the question Four Shakespearean Period Pieces takes up, devoting a chapter to each term: on the rise of anachronism, the chronologizing of the canon, the staging of plays "in period," and the use of Shakespeare in modernity's secularizing project. To read these chapters is to come away newly alert to how these fraught concepts have served to regulate the canon's afterlife. Margreta de Grazia does not entirely abandon them but deftly works around and against them to offer fresh insights on the reading, editing, and staging of the author at the heart of our literary canon.

Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature (Hardcover): Ato Quayson Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature (Hardcover)
Ato Quayson
R875 R827 Discovery Miles 8 270 Save R48 (5%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

This book examines tragedy and tragic philosophy from the Greeks through Shakespeare to the present day. It explores key themes in the links between suffering and ethics through postcolonial literature. Ato Quayson reconceives how we think of World literature under the singular and fertile rubric of tragedy. He draws from many key works - Oedipus Rex, Philoctetes, Medea, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear - to establish the main contours of tragedy. Quayson uses Shakespeare's Othello, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Tayeb Salih, Arundhati Roy, Toni Morrison, Samuel Beckett and J.M. Coetzee to qualify and expand the purview and terms by which Western tragedy has long been understood. Drawing on key texts such as The Poetics and The Nicomachean Ethics, and augmenting them with Frantz Fanon and the Akan concept of musuo (taboo), Quayson formulates a supple, insightful new theory of ethical choice and the impediments against it. This is a major book from a leading critic in literary studies.

Shakespeare's Storytellers (Hardcover): Barbara Hardy Shakespeare's Storytellers (Hardcover)
Barbara Hardy
R102 Discovery Miles 1 020 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The noted British literary scholar turns her attention to the rarely examined topic of narrative in the plays and offers some new insight into the playwright's craft. Shakespeare makes narrative theatrical and it is as prominent in his craft and language as characterization and imagery. Hardy analyzes key structures, including reflexive narrative and the narrative compoundings used to begin and end plays. She also examines narrative subtleties in the works of Plutarch, Holinshed, Brooke, and Sidney that Shakespeare read. Finally, she explores common narrative techniques -- memory, forecast, and gendered story -- and extensively analyzes these issues in three plays: Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth.

Pronouncing Shakespeare - The Globe Experiment (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): David Crystal Pronouncing Shakespeare - The Globe Experiment (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
David Crystal
R419 R355 Discovery Miles 3 550 Save R64 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

How did Shakespeare's plays sound when they were originally performed? How can we know, and could the original pronunciation ever be recreated? For three days, Shakespeare's Globe presented a production of Romeo and Juliet in original, Shakespearian pronunciation. In an unusual blend of autobiography, narrative, and academic content, David Crystal recounts the unique nature of the experience. He begins by discussing the Globe Theatre's approach to 'original practices', which had dealt with all aspects of Elizabethan stagecraft - except pronunciation. A large section is devoted to the nature of the Early Modern English sound system. There are reports of how the actors coped with the task of learning the pronunciation, how it affected their performances and how the audiences reacted. In this new edition, he reflects on the development of the original pronunciation movement across the world, since the Globe's experiment.

Macbeth (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): William Shakespeare Macbeth (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
William Shakespeare; Edited by A. R. Braunmuller 1
R292 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R21 (7%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The New Cambridge Shakespeare appeals to students worldwide for its up-to-date scholarship and emphasis on performance. The series features line-by-line commentaries and textual notes on the plays and poems. Introductions are regularly refreshed with accounts of new critical, stage and screen interpretations. This second edition of Macbeth provides a thorough reconsideration of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays. In his introduction, A. R. Braunmuller explores Macbeth's immediate theatrical and political contexts, particularly the Gunpowder Plot, and addresses such celebrated questions as: do the Witches compel Macbeth to murder; is Lady Macbeth herself in some sense a witch; is Macduff morally culpable? A new and well-illustrated account of the play in performance examines several cinematic versions, such as those by Kurosawa and Roman Polanski, as well as other dramatic adaptations. Several possible new sources are suggested and the presence of Thomas Middleton's writing in the play is also proposed.

Shakespeare in Ten Acts (Paperback): Gordon McMullan, Zoe Wilcox Shakespeare in Ten Acts (Paperback)
Gordon McMullan, Zoe Wilcox 1
R701 R333 Discovery Miles 3 330 Save R368 (52%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Four hundred years after Shakespeare's death, it is difficult to imagine a time when he was not considered a genius. But those 400 years have seen his plays banished and bowdlerized, faked and forged, traded and translated, re-mixed and re-cast. Shakespeare's story is not one of a steady rise to fame; it is a tale of set-backs and sea-changes that have made him the cultural icon he is today. This revealing new book accompanies an innovative exhibition at the British Library that will take readers on a journey through more than 400 years of performance. It will focus on ten moments in history that have changed the way we see Shakespeare, from the very first production of Hamlet to a digital-age deconstruction. Each performance holds up a mirror to the era in which it was performed. The first stage appearance by a woman in 1660 and a black actor playing Othello in 1825 were landmarks for society as well as for Shakespeare's reputation. The book will also explore productions as diverse as Peter Brook's legendary A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mark Rylance's 'Original Practices' Twelfth Night, and a Shakespeare forgery staged at Drury Lane in 1796, among many others.Over 100 illustrations include the only surviving playscript in Shakespeare's hand, an authentic Shakespeare signature, and rare printed editions including the First Folio. These - and other treasures from the British Library's manuscript and rare book collections - will feature alongside film stills, costumes, paintings and production photographs.In this book ten leading experts take a fresh look at Shakespeare, reminding us that the playwright's iconic status has been constructed over the centuries in a process that continues across the world today.

Portraits of Shakespeare (Paperback): Katherine Duncan-Jones Portraits of Shakespeare (Paperback)
Katherine Duncan-Jones
R405 R351 Discovery Miles 3 510 Save R54 (13%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Within Shakespeare's lifetime there was already some curiosity about what the writer of such brilliant poems, sonnets and plays looked like. Yet like so much else about him, Shakespeare's appearance is mysterious. Why is it so difficult to find images of him that were definitely made during his life? Which images are most likely to have been made by those close to Shakespeare, and why do these differ from each other? Also, why do newly 'discovered' images claimed as representations of the playwright emerge with such regularity? Shakespeare scholar Katherine Duncan-Jones examines these questions, beginning with an analysis of the tradition of the 'author portrait' before, during, and after Shakespeare's life. She provides a detailed critique of the three images of Shakespeare likeliest to derive from life-time portrayals: the bust in Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon; the 'Droeshout engraving' from the First Folio edition of Shakespeare's plays published in 1623; and the 'Chandos portrait', painted in oil on canvas in the early seventeenth century. Through a fresh exploration of the evidence and groundbreaking research, she identifies a plausible new candidate for the painter of 'Chandos'. This also throws new light on the last years of Shakespeare's life. This generously illustrated book also examines the afterlife of these three images, as memorials, in advertising and in graphic art, together with their adaptation in later commemorative statues: all evidence of a continuing desire to put a face to one of the most famous names in literature.

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