Shakespeare: An Oxford Guide

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Stanley W. Wells, Lena Cowen Orlin
Oxford University Press, 2003 - Drama - 713 pages
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This comprehensive guide to Shakespeare comprises over 40 specially commissioned essays by an outstanding team of contemporary Shakespeare scholars. The volume is divided into four key parts and as a whole provides an accessible, practical, and stimulating guide to all aspects of Shakespeare studies.* Offers engaging introductions to the literary and historical contexts in which Shakespeare lived and worked * Surveys the major genres and explores Shakespeare's use of convention andinnovation, through close readings of plays and poetry * Includes analyses of a wide range of critical approaches and offers practical examples of criticism in action * Guides the reader to reliable sources for further reading and useful web linksContents:I. Shakespeare's life and times 1. Stanley Wells: Why study Shakespeare? 2. Lois Potter: Shakespeare's life and career 3. Gabriel Egan: Theatre in London 4. Margaret Jane Kidnie: Shakespeare's audiences 5. Peter Thomson: Conventions of playwrighting 6. A. R. Branmuller: Shakespeare's fellow dramatists 7. David Crystal: The language of Shakespeare 8. Russ McDonald: Shakespeare's verse 9. Carole Levin: The Society of Shakespeare's England 10. Joan Thirsk: Daily life in town and country 11. Martin Ingram: Love, sex, and marriage 12. Peter Lake: Changing attitudes towards religion 13. Lena Cowen Orlin: Ideas of order 14. Emily C. Bartels: Shakespeare's view of the world II. Shakespearean Genres 15. Lena Cowen Orlin: Introduction 16. William Carroll: Romantic comedies Reading: Twelfth Night, or What You Will 17. Phyllis Rackin: English history plays Reading: Henry V 18. Linda Woodbridge: TragediesReading: Macbeth 19. Alexander Legatt: Roman playsReading: Julius Caesar 20. Reginald Foakes: Romances Reading: The Winter's Tale 21. Paul Edmondson: Comical and tragical Reading: Measure for Measure 22. Lynne Magnusson: Non-dramatic poetry Reading: Shakespeare's sonnets 23. Alan Armstrong: Unfamiliar Shakespeare III. Shakespeare criticism 24. Michael Taylor: The critical tradition 25. Michael D. Bristol: Humanist interpretations Reading: King Lear 26. Christy Desmet: Character criticism Reading: Hamlet 27. Leah Scragg: Source study Reading: As You Like It 28. Inga-Stina Ewbank: Close reading Reading: Richard III 29. Jean E. Howard: Feminist criticism Reading: Othello 30. Bruce R. Smith: Studies in sexuality Reading: The Merchant of Venice 31. Lynne Enterline: Psychoanalytic criticisms Reading: Venus and Adonis 32. Jonathan Gil Harris: Materialist criticisms Reading: Henry IV, Part One 33. Jyotsna Singh: Postcolonial criticisms Reading: The Tempest 34. Kiernan Ryan: Deconstruction Reading: Romeo and Juliet 35. Patricia Tatspaugh: Performance history: Shakespeare on the stage: 1660-2001 Reading: A Midsummer Night's Dream 36. Miriam Gilbert: Performance criticism Reading: The Taming of the Shrew IV. Shakespeare's afterlife 37. Terence Hawkins: Introduction 38. Laurie Maguire: Shakespeare published 39. Michael Billington: Shakespeare and the modern British theatre 40. Tony Howard: Film and video 41. David Kathman: The question of authorship 42. John Gross: Shakespeare's influence 43. Ton Hoenselaars: Shakespeare and translation 44. Georgiana Ziegler: Commemorating Shakespeare 45. Michael Best: Internet and CD-Rom resources

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Stanley Wells is currently Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford, and was Professor of Shakespeare Studies, and Director of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham from 1988 to 97, where he is now Emeritus Professor. He is the general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare, and co-editor of the Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works. With Peter Holland he is general editor of the Oxford Shakespeare Topics, and, with Michael Dobson, he recently edited the best-selling Oxford Companion to Shakespeare.
Lena Cowen Orlin is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Executive Director of the Shakespeare Association of America. Her publications include Material London, Ca. 1600 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000), Elizabethan Households (University of Washington Press, 1995), and Private Matters and Public Cultures in Post-Reformation England (Cornell University Press, 1994).

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