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  1. The Demonic

    Literature and Experience

    By Ewan Fernie

    Are we either good or bad, and do we really know the difference? Why do we want what we cannot have, and even to be what we’re not? Can we desire others without wanting to possess them? Can we open to others and not risk possession ourselves? And where, in these cases, do we draw the line? Ewan...

    Published November 7th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Shakespeare: The Basics

    3rd Edition

    By Sean McEvoy

    Series: The Basics

    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...

    Published May 15th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Shakespeare and Child's Play

    Performing Lost Boys on Stage and Screen

    By Carol Chillington Rutter

    Shakespeare wrote more than fifty parts for children, amounting to the first comprehensive portrait of childhood in the English theatre. Focusing mostly on boys, he put sons against fathers, servants against masters, innocence against experience, testing the notion of masculinity, manners, morals,...

    Published November 6th 2007 by Routledge

  4. New Sites For Shakespeare

    Theatre, the Audience, and Asia

    By John Russell Brown

    In the course of exploring the theatrical cultures of South and East Asia, eminent Shakespeareanist John Russell Brown developed some remarkable theories about the nature of performance, the state of Western 'Theatre' today, and the future potential of Shakespeare's plays. In New Sites for...

    Published December 9th 1998 by Routledge

  5. Playing Bit Parts in Shakespeare

    By Professor M M Mahood, M.M. Mahood

    Playing Bit Parts in Shakespeare is a unique survey of the small supporting roles - such as foils, feeds, attendants and messengers - that feature in Shakespeare's plays. Exploring such issues as how bit players should conduct themselves within a scene, and how blank verse or prose may be spoken to...

    Published June 10th 1998 by Routledge

  6. Shakespeare's Feminine Endings

    Disfiguring Death in the Tragedies

    By Philippa Berry

    Series: Feminist Readings of Shakespeare

    Philippa Berry draws on feminist theory, postmodern thought and queer theory, to challenge existing critical notions of what is fundamental to Shakespearean tragedy. She shows how, through a network of images clustered around feminine or feminized characters, these plays 'disfigure' conventional...

    Published August 25th 1999 by Routledge

  7. Marxist Shakespeares

    Edited by Jean E. Howard, Scott Cutler Shershow

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    Marxist Shakespeares uses the rich analytic resources of the Marxist tradition to look at Shakespeare's plays afresh. The book offers new insights into the historical conditions within which Shakespeare's representations of class and gender emerged, and into Shakespeare's role in the global culture...

    Published October 26th 2000 by Routledge

  8. Shakespeare and Modernity

    Early Modern to Millennium

    Edited by Hugh Grady

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    This in-depth collection of essays traces the changing reception of Shakespeare over the past four hundred years, during which time Shakespeare has variously been seen as the last great exponent of pre-modern Western culture, a crucial inaugurator of modernity, and a prophet of postmodernity. This...

    Published July 20th 2000 by Routledge

  9. Shakespeare in the Present

    By Terence Hawkes

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    Shakespeare in the Present is a stunning collection of essays by Terence Hawkes, which engage with, explain, and explore 'presentism'. Presentism is a critical manoeuvre which uses relevant aspects of the contemporary as a crucial trigger for its investigations. It deliberately begins with the...

    Published July 17th 2002 by Routledge

  10. Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptation

    By Margaret Jane Kidnie

    'Kidnie's study presents original, sophisticated, and profoundly intelligent answers to important questions.' - Lukas Erne, University of Geneva 'This is a fine and productive book, one that will surely draw significant attention and commentary well beyond the precincts of Shakespeare studies.' -...

    Published November 24th 2008 by Routledge

  11. Shakespeare and Appropriation

    Edited by Christy Desmet, Robert Sawyer

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    The vitality of our culture is still often measured by the status Shakespeare has within it. Contemporary readers and writers continue to exploit Shakespeare's cultural afterlife in a vivid and creative way. This fascinating collection of original essays shows how writers' efforts to imitate,...

    Published November 4th 1999 by Routledge

  12. Green Shakespeare

    From Ecopolitics to Ecocriticism

    By Gabriel Egan

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    Ecocriticism, a theoretical movement examining cultural constructions of Nature in their social and political contexts, is making an increasingly important contribution to our understanding of Shakespeare’s plays. Gabriel Egan's Green Shakespeare presents: an overview of the concept of...

    Published April 12th 2006 by Routledge

  13. Shakespeare's Webs

    Networks of Meaning in Renaissance Drama

    By Arthur F. Kinney

    In this book, renowned Renaissance drama critic Arthur F. Kinney argues that Shakespeare's method of composing plays through networks of meanings can be seen as a harbinger of today's information technology. Drawing upon hypertext and cognitive theory--areas that have for some time promised to...

    Published September 14th 2004 by Routledge

  14. Talking to the Audience

    Shakespeare, Performance, Self

    By Bridget Escolme

    This unique study investigates the ways in which the staging convention of direct address - talking to the audience - can construct selfhood, for Shakespeare's characters. By focusing specifically on the relationship between performer and audience, Talking to the Audience examines what happens when...

    Published February 8th 2005 by Routledge

  15. World-Wide Shakespeares

    Local Appropriations in Film and Performance

    Edited by Sonia Massai

    Drawing on debates around the global/local dimensions of cultural production, an international team of contributors explore the appropriation of Shakespeare’s plays in film and performance around the world. In particular, the book examines the ways in which adapters and directors have put...

    Published July 18th 2005 by Routledge

  16. Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary?

    By John Elsom

    First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published January 11th 1990 by Routledge

  17. Meaning by Shakespeare

    By Terence Hawkes

    We traditionally assume that the `meaning' of each of Shakespeares plays is bequeathed to it by the Bard. It is as if, to the information which used to be given in theatrical programmes, `Cigarettes by Abdullah, Costumes by Motley, Music by Mendelssohn', we should add `Meaning by Shakespeare'....

    Published October 28th 1992 by Routledge

  18. Shakespeare, Theory and Performance

    Edited by James C. Bulman

    Shakespeare, Theory and Performance is a groundbreaking collection of seminal essays which apply the abstract theory of Shakespearean criticism to the practicalities of performance. Bringing together the key names from both realms, the collection reflects a wide range of sources and influences,...

    Published December 6th 1995 by Routledge

  19. Prologues to Shakespeare's Theatre

    Performance and Liminality in Early Modern Drama

    By Douglas Bruster, Robert Weimann

    This eye-opening study draws attention to the largely neglected form of the early modern prologue. Reading the prologue in performed as well as printed contexts, Douglas Bruster and Robert Weimann take us beyond concepts of stability and autonomy in dramatic beginnings to reveal the crucial...

    Published November 10th 2004 by Routledge

  20. Philosophical Shakespeares

    Edited by John Joughin

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    Shakespeare continues to articulate the central problems of our intellectual inheritance. The plays of a Renaissance playwright still seem to be fundamental to our understanding and experience of modernity.Key philosophical questions concerning value, meaning and justice continue to resonate in...

    Published March 22nd 2000 by Routledge

  21. Roman Shakespeare

    Warriors, Wounds and Women

    By Coppélia Kahn

    Series: Feminist Readings of Shakespeare

    In the first full-length study of Shakespeare's Roman plays, Coppélia Kahn brings to these texts a startling, critical perspective which interrogates the gender ideologies lurking behind 'Roman virtue'. Plays featured include: * Titus Andronicus * Julius Caesar * Antony and Cleopatra *...

    Published March 26th 1997 by Routledge

  22. Shakespeare and the Question of Theory

    Edited by Geoffrey H. Hartman, Patricia Parker

    The theoretical ferment which has affected literary studies over the last decade has called into question traditional ways of thinking about, classifying and interpreting texts. Shakespeare has been not just the focus of a variety of divergent critical movements within recent years, but also...

    Published December 4th 1985 by Routledge

  23. Unediting the Renaissance

    Shakespeare, Marlowe and Milton

    By Leah Marcus

    Unediting the Renaissance is a path-breaking and timely look at the issues of the textual editing of Renaissance works. Both erudite and accessible, it will be a fascinating and provocative read for any Renaissance student or scholar. Leah Marcus argues that `bad' versions of Renaissance texts such...

    Published November 13th 1996 by Routledge

  24. Alternative Shakespeares

    2nd Edition

    Edited by John Drakakis

    Series: New Accents

    When critical theory met literary studies in the 1970s and '80s, some of the most radical and exciting theoretical work centred on the quasi-sacred figure of Shakespeare. In Alternative Shakespeares, John Drakakis brought together key essays by founding figures in this movement to remake...

    Published May 22nd 2002 by Routledge

  25. Shakespeare, The Movie II

    Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video and DVD

    Edited by Richard Burt, Lynda E. Boose

    Following on from the phenomenally successful Shakespeare, The Movie, this volume brings together an invaluable new collection of essays on cinematic Shakespeares in the 1990s and beyond. Shakespeare, The Movie II:*focuses for the first time on the impact of postcolonialism, globalization and...

    Published August 13th 2003 by Routledge

  26. Post-Colonial Shakespeares

    Edited by Ania Loomba, Martin Orkin

    Series: New Accents

    Postcolonial Shakespeares is an exciting step forward in the dialogue between postcolonial studies and Shakespearean criticism. This unique volume features original work by some of the leading critics within the growing field of Shakespeare studies and is the most authoritative collection on this...

    Published September 2nd 1998 by Routledge

  27. Alternative Shakespeares

    Volume 2

    Edited by Terence Hawkes

    Series: New Accents

    Alternative Shakespeares, published in 1985, shook up the world of Shakespearean studies, demythologising Shakespeare and applying new theories to the study of his work. Alternative Shakespeares: Volume 2 investigates Shakespearean criticism over a decade later, introducing new debates and new...

    Published September 26th 1996 by Routledge

  28. Enter The Body

    Women and Representation on Shakespeare's Stage

    By Carol Chillington Rutter

    Enter the Body offers a series of provocative case studies of the work women's bodies do on Shakespeare's intensely body-conscious stage. Rutter's topics are sex, death, race, gender, culture, politics, and the excessive performative body that exceeds the playtext it inhabits. As well as drawing...

    Published November 22nd 2000 by Routledge

  29. Shakespeare Without Women

    By Dympna Callaghan

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published November 4th 1999 by Routledge

  30. Inside the Royal Shakespeare Company

    Creativity and the Institution

    By Colin Chambers

    First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published December 1st 2008 by Routledge

  31. Merely Players?

    Actors' Accounts of Performing Shakespeare

    By Jonathan Holmes

    Merely Players? marks a groundbreaking departure in Shakespeare studies by giving direct voice to the Shakespearean performer. It draws on three centuries worth of actors' written reflections on playing Shakespeare and brings together the dual worlds of performance and academia, providing a unique...

    Published February 18th 2004 by Routledge

  32. Making Shakespeare

    From Stage to Page

    By Tiffany Stern

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    Making Shakespeare is a lively introduction to the major issues of the stage and print history, whilst also raising questions about what a Shakespeare play actually is. Tiffany Stern reveals how London, the theatre, the actors and the way in which the plays were written and printed all affect the '...

    Published February 11th 2004 by Routledge

  33. Spiritual Shakespeares

    Edited by Ewan Fernie

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    Spiritual Shakespeares is the first book to explore the scope for reading Shakespeare spiritually in the light of contemporary theory and current world events. Ewan Fernie has brought together an exciting cast of critics in order to respond to the ‘religious turn’ in recent literary theory and to...

    Published August 24th 2005 by Routledge

  34. Local Shakespeares

    Proximations and Power

    By Martin Orkin

    This remarkable volume challenges scholars and students to look beyond a dominant European and North American 'metropolitan bank' of Shakespeare knowledge. As well as revealing the potential for a new understanding of Shakespeare's plays, Martin Orkin adopts a fresh approach to issues of power,...

    Published June 8th 2005 by Routledge

  35. Shakespeare After Theory

    By David Scott Kastan

    The most familiar assertion of Shakespeare scholarship is that he is our contemporary. Shakespeare After Theory provocatively argues that he is not, but what value he has for us must at least begin with a recognition of his distance from us....

    Published July 28th 1999 by Routledge

  36. Big-Time Shakespeare

    By Michael D. Bristol

    Shakespeare has made the big time. No less than the Beatles or Liberace, Elvis Presley or Mick Jagger, Shakespeare is big-time in the idiomatic sense of cultural success and widespread notoriety. Not only has he achieved canonical status, Shakespeare is a contemporary celebrity. His artistic...

    Published September 12th 1996 by Routledge

  37. Erotic Politics

    The Dynamics of Desire in the Renaissance Theatre

    Edited by Susan Zimmerman

    Identifying the stage as a primary site for erotic display, these essays take eroticism in Renaissance culture as a paradigm for issues of sexuality and identity in early modern culture. Contributors examine how the Renaissance stage functioned as a decoder for erotic experience, both reinforcing...

    Published December 16th 1992 by Routledge

  38. Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity

    An Introductory Essay

    By Michelle Martindale, Michelle Martindale

    Against a recent tendency to exaggerate Shakespeare's classical learning, this study examines how the playwright used his relatively restricted knowledge to create an unusually convincing picture of Rome....

    Published March 2nd 1994 by Routledge

  39. Shakespeare, Aphra Behn and the Canon

    By Lizbeth Goodman, W.R. Owens

    Series: Approaching Literature

    A clear introduction to the idea of the canon, exploring the process by which certain works, and not others, receive high cultural status. The work of Shakespeare and Aphra Behn is used to illustrate and challenge this process....

    Published May 29th 1996 by Routledge

  40. Shakespeare, The Movie

    Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV and Video

    Edited by Lynda E. Boose, Richard Burt

    Shakespeare, The Movie brings together an impressive line-up of contributors to consider how Shakespeare has been adapted on film, TV, and video, and explores the impact of this popularization on the canonical status of Shakespeare.Taking a fresh look at the Bard an his place in the movies,...

    Published October 8th 1997 by Routledge

  41. Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis

    By Philip Armstrong

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    The link between psychoanalysis as a mode of interpretation and Shakespeare's works is well known. But rather than merely putting Shakespeare on the couch, Philip Armstrong focuses on the complex and fascinatingly fruitful mutual relationship between Shakespeare's texts and psychoanalytic theory....

    Published May 16th 2001 by Routledge

  42. Shakespeare and Modern Theatre

    The Performance of Modernity

    Edited by Michael Bristol, Kathleen McLuskie, Christopher Holmes

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published May 9th 2001 by Routledge

  43. Shakespeare and Feminist Performance

    Ideology on Stage

    By Sarah Werner

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    How do performances of Shakespeare change the meanings of the plays? In this controversial new book, Sarah Werner argues that the text of a Shakespeare play is only one of the many factors that give a performance its meaning. By focusing on The Royal Shakespeare Company, Werner demonstrates how...

    Published July 11th 2001 by Routledge

  44. The Sound of Shakespeare

    By Wes Folkerth

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    The 'Sound of Shakespeare' reveals the surprising extent to which Shakespeare's art is informed by the various attitudes, beliefs, practices and discourses that pertained to sound and hearing in his culture. In this engaging study, Wes Folkerth develops listening as a critical practice, attending...

    Published June 26th 2002 by Routledge

  45. Shame in Shakespeare

    By Ewan Fernie

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    One of the most intense and painful of our human passions, shame is typically seen in contemporary culture as a disability or a disease to be cured. Shakespeare's ultimately positive portrayal of the emotion challenges this view. Drawing on philosophers and theorists of shame, Shame in...

    Published November 22nd 2001 by Routledge

  46. Pronouncing Shakespeare's Words

    By Dale Coye

    First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published October 3rd 2002 by Routledge

  47. A. Reconsidering Shakespeare

    Edited by Terrence Hawkes

    Series: New Accents

    These three volumes are part of the forty-one volume set New Accents. First launched in 1977, the New Accents series rapidly changed the face of literary studies. Its clear and concise volumes brought the latest in literary theory to students and academics and paved the way for undergraduate...

    Published October 16th 2002 by Routledge

  48. Reading Renaissance Ethics

    Edited by Marshall Grossman

    Bringing together some of the best current practitioners of historical and formal criticism, Reading Renaissance Ethics assesses the ethical performance of renaissance texts as historical agents in their time and in ours. Exploring the nature and mechanics of cultural agency, the book explains with...

    Published February 25th 2007 by Routledge

  49. Presentist Shakespeares

    Edited by Hugh Grady, Terence Hawkes

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    Presentist Shakespeares is the first extended study of the principles and practice of 'presentism', a critical movement that takes account of the never-ending dialogue between past and present. In this bold and consistently thought-provoking collection of presentist readings, the contributors:...

    Published November 26th 2006 by Routledge

  50. 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...

    Published April 25th 2010 by Routledge

  51. Alternative Shakespeares

    Volume 3

    Edited by Diana E. Henderson

    Series: New Accents

    This volume takes up the challenge embodied in its predecessors, Alternative Shakespeares and Alternative Shakespeares 2, to identify and explore the new, the changing and the radically ‘other’ possibilities for Shakespeare Studies at our particular historical moment. Alternative Shakespeares 3...

    Published October 2nd 2007 by Routledge

  52. Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality

    Unfinished Business in Cultural Materialism

    By Alan Sinfield

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    Shakespeare, Authority, Sexuality is a powerful reassessment of cultural materialism as a way of understanding textuality, history and culture, by one of the founding figures of this critical movement. Alan Sinfield examines cultural materialism both as a body of ongoing argument and as it informs...

    Published June 30th 2006 by Routledge

  53. Acting from Shakespeare's First Folio

    Theory, Text and Performance

    By Don Weingust

    Acting from Shakespeare's First Folio examines a series of techniques for reading and performing Shakespeare's plays that are based on the texts of the first ‘complete’ volume of Shakespeare's works: the First Folio of 1623. Do extra syllables in a line suggest how it might be played? Can Folio...

    Published September 19th 2006 by Routledge

  54. The Authentic Shakespeare

    and Other Problems of the Early Modern Stage

    By Stephen Orgel

    First published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published September 20th 2002 by Routledge

  55. Suffocating Mothers

    Fantasies of Maternal Origin in Shakespeare's Plays, Hamlet to the Tempest

    By Janet Adelman

    An original reading of Shakespeare's plays illuminating his negotiations with mothers, present and absent, and tracing the genesis of Shakespearean tragedy and romance to a psychologized version of the Fall....

    Published December 5th 1991 by Routledge

  56. Coming of Age in Shakespeare

    By Marjorie Garber

    Marjorie Garber examines the rites of passage and maturation patterns--"coming of age"--in Shakespeare's plays. Citing examples from virtually the entire Shakespeare canon, she pays particular attention to the way his characters grow and change at points of personal crisis. Among the crises Garber...

    Published April 29th 1997 by Routledge

  57. Orson Welles on Shakespeare

    The W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts

    Edited by Richard France

    This volume is the only publication available of the fully annotated playscripts of Wells' W.P.A Federal Theatre Project and Mercury Theatre adaptations, including the "Voodoo" Macbeth, the modern-dress Julius Caesar and Welles' compilation of history plays, Five Kings....

    Published September 25th 2001 by Routledge

  58. Antony and Cleopatra

    An Annotated Bibliography

    By Yashdip S. Bains

    Series: Garland Shakespeare Bibliographies

    First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published October 31st 1998 by Routledge

  59. Scenes from Shakespeare

    By Harry Levin

    Series: Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies

    First published in 2000. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published July 26th 2000 by Routledge

  60. Gothic Shakespeares

    Edited by John Drakakis, Dale Townshend

    Series: Accents on Shakespeare

    Readings of Shakespeare were both influenced by and influential in the rise of Gothic forms in literature and culture from the late eighteenth century onwards. Shakespeare’s plays are full of ghosts, suspense, fear-inducing moments and cultural anxieties which many writers in the Gothic mode have...

    Published December 1st 2008 by Routledge

  61. Shakespeare in French Theory

    King of Shadows

    By Richard Wilson

    At a time when the relevance of literary theory itself is frequently being questioned, Richard Wilson makes a compelling case for French Theory in Shakespeare Studies. Written in two parts, the first half looks at how French theorists such as Bourdieu, Cixous, Deleuze, Derrida and Foucault were...

    Published December 20th 2006 by Routledge

  62. Profiling Shakespeare

    By Marjorie Garber

    The title of this collection, Profiling Shakespeare, is meant strongly in its double sense. These essays show the outline of a Shakespeare rather different from the man sought by biographers from his time to our own. They also show the effects, the ephemera, the clues and cues, welcome and...

    Published March 23rd 2008 by Routledge

  63. Caliban's Voice

    The Transformation of English in Post-Colonial Literatures

    By Bill Ashcroft

    In Shakespeare’s Tempest, Caliban says to Miranda and Prospero: "...you taught me language, and my profit on’t Is, I know how to curse. " With this statement, he gives voice to an issue that lies at the centre of...

    Published December 4th 2008 by Routledge

  64. The Routledge Companion to Actors' Shakespeare

    Edited by John Russell Brown

    The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare is a window onto how today’s actors contribute to the continuing life and relevance of Shakespeare’s plays. The process of acting is notoriously hard to document, but this volume reaches behind famous performances to examine the actors’ craft, their...

    Published June 29th 2011 by Routledge

  65. Shakespearean Genealogies of Power

    A Whispering of Nothing in Hamlet, Richard II, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, and The Winter’s Tale

    By Anselm Haverkamp

    Series: Discourses of Law

    Shakespearean Genealogies of Power proposes a new view on Shakespeare’s involvement with the legal sphere: as a visible space between the spheres of politics and law and well able to negotiate legal and political, even constitutional concerns, Shakespeare’s theatre opened up a new perspective on...

    Published October 7th 2010 by Routledge