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  1. Shakespeare's America, America's Shakespeare (Routledge Revivals)

    By Michael D. Bristol

    Series: Routledge Revivals

    First published in 1990, this title explores the nature of the interaction between Shakespeare and American culture. Shakespeare stands at the center of an elaborate institutional reality, closely tied to both cultural and ideological production. His plays, Michael Bristol asserts, help to...

    Published November 6th 2013 by Routledge

  2. Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy

    By Peter Kishore Saval

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    Reading Shakespeare through Philosophy advocates that the beauty of Shakespearean drama is inseparable from its philosophical power. Shakespeare’s plays make demands on us even beyond our linguistic attention and historical empathy: they require thinking, and the concepts of philosophy can provide...

    Published January 13th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Shakespeare's Curse

    The Aporias of Ritual Exclusion in Early Modern Royal Drama

    By Björn Quiring

    Series: Discourses of Law

    Conceptualizing the curse as the representation of a foundational, mythical violence that is embedded within juridical discourse, Shakespeare’s Curse:The Aporias of Ritual Exclusion in Early Modern Royal Drama pursues a reading of Richard III, King John, and King Lear in order to analyse the...

    Published October 30th 2013 by Routledge

  4. The Texts of Othello and Shakespearean Revision

    By E. A. J. Honigmann

    In a groundbreaking piece of scholarly detective work, Professor Honigmann - editor of the forthcoming Arden 3 edition of Othello - uncovers in more detail than any previous study the hidden history of the two early texts of Othello, the Quarto and the Folio. He traces the crucial role played by...

    Published October 25th 2013 by Routledge

  5. Shakespeare (Routledge Revivals)

    By Raymond Macdonald Alden

    Series: Routledge Revivals

    This fascinating title, first published in 1922, presents a detailed overview of the life and works of Shakespeare. Alden first considers Shakespeare’s Elizabethan context, alongside exploring the Classical and Italian foundations, political theories, concepts and theatrical trends that influenced...

    Published July 26th 2013 by Routledge

  6. Radical Shakespeare

    Politics and Stagecraft in the Early Career

    By Chris Fitter

    Series: Routledge Studies in Shakespeare

    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,...

    Published July 7th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Shakespeare, Jonson, and the Claims of the Performative

    By James Loxley, Mark Robson

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This book will constitute an original intervention into longstanding but insistently relevant debates around the significance of notions of ‘performativity’ to the critical analysis of early modern drama. In particular, the book aims to: show how the investigation of performativity can enable...

    Published March 10th 2013 by Routledge

  8. Julius Caesar

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Horst Zander

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    This book explores traditional approaches to the play, which includes an examination of the play in light of current history, in the context of Renaissance England, and in relation to Shakespeare's other Roman plays as well as structural examination of plot, language, character, and source material...

    Published July 27th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Shakespearian Production

    By G Wilson Knight

    First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published June 21st 2012 by Routledge

  10. Repositioning Shakespeare

    National Formations, Postcolonial Appropriations

    By Thomas Cartelli

    Repositioning Shakespeare offers an original assessment of a broad range of texts and cultural events that appropriate Shakespeare. Examining these materials within the context of 'the nation' in a postcolonial era, Thomas Cartelli considers: * essays by Walt Whitman * the nineteenth-century play,...

    Published December 9th 1998 by Routledge

  11. Shakespeare and the Rival Playwrights, 1600-1606

    By David Farley-Hills

    David Farley-Hills argues that Shakespeare did not work in splendid isolation, but responded as any other playwright to the commercial and artistic pressures of his time. In this book he offers an interpretation of seven of Shakespeare's plays in the light of pressures exerted by his major...

    Published July 4th 1990 by Routledge

  12. Representing the Plague in Early Modern England

    Edited by Rebecca Totaro, Ernest B. Gilman

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This collection offers readers a timely encounter with the historical experience of people adapting to a pandemic emergency and the corresponding narrative representation of that crisis, as early modern writers transformed the plague into literature. The essays examine the impact of the plague on...

    Published June 24th 2010 by Routledge

  13. Ecocriticism and Early Modern English Literature

    Green Pastures

    By Todd A. Borlik

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    In this timely new study, Todd A. Borlik reveals the surprisingly rich potential for the emergent "green" criticism to yield fresh insights into early modern English literature. Deftly avoiding the anachronistic casting of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century authors as modern environmentalists, he...

    Published November 2nd 2010 by Routledge

  14. Idioms of Self Interest

    Credit, Identity, and Property in English Renaissance Literature

    By Jill Phillips Ingram

    Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

    Idioms of Self-Interest uncovers an emerging social integration of economic self-interest in early modern England by examining literary representations of credit relationships in which individuals are both held to standards of communal trust and rewarded for risk-taking enterprise. Drawing on women...

    Published December 16th 2009 by Routledge

  15. Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition

    An Annotated Bibliography, 1961-1991

    By Lewis Walker

    This bibliography will give comprehensive coverage to published commentary in English on Shakespeare and the Classical Tradition during the period from 1961-1985. Doctoral dissertations will also be included. Each entry will provide a clear and detailed summary of an item's contents. For pomes and...

    Published May 10th 2002 by Routledge

  16. Shakespeare and the Cultural Colonization of Ireland

    By Robin Bates

    Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

    Focusing on plays (Richard II, Henry V, and Hamlet) which appear prominently in the writing of the Irish nationalist movement of the early twentieth century, this study explores how Irish writers such as Sean O’Casey, Samuel Beckett, W. B. Yeats, G. B. Shaw, James Joyce, and Seamus Heaney resisted...

    Published October 20th 2009 by Routledge

  17. Shakespeare and the Economic Imperative

    “What’s aught but as ‘tis valued?”

    By Peter F. Grav

    Series: Studies in Major Literary Authors

    Despite the volume of work Shakespeare produced, surprisingly few of his plays directly concern money and the economic mindset. Shakespeare and the Economic Imperative examines the five plays that do address monetary issues (The Comedy of Errors, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Merchant of Venice,...

    Published March 26th 2008 by Routledge

  18. Staging Early Modern Romance

    Prose Fiction, Dramatic Romance, and Shakespeare

    Edited by Mary Ellen Lamb, Valerie Wayne

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This collection recovers the continuities between three forms of romance that have often been separated from one another in critical discourse: early modern prose fiction, the dramatic romances staged in England during the 1570s and 1580s, and Shakespeare’s late plays. Although Pericles, Cymbeline,...

    Published January 26th 2010 by Routledge

  19. Shakespeare in Children's Literature

    Gender and Cultural Capital

    By Erica Hateley

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

    Shakespeare in Children’s Literature looks at the genre of Shakespeare-for-children, considering both adaptations of his plays and children’s novels in which he appears as a character. Drawing on feminist theory and sociology, Hateley demonstrates how Shakespeare for children utilizes the...

    Published December 21st 2010 by Routledge

  20. The Elizabethan Dumb Show (Routledge Revivals)

    The History of a Dramatic Convention

    By Dieter Mehl

    First published in English in 1965, this book discusses the roots and development of the dumb show as a device in Elizabethan drama. The work provides not only a useful manual for those who wish to check the ocurrence of dumb shows and the uses to which they are put; it also makes a real...

    Published June 30th 2011 by Routledge

  21. Family and the State in Early Modern Revenge Drama

    Economies of Vengeance

    By Chris McMahon

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    In this book, McMahon considers Early Modern revenge plays from a political science perspective, paying particular attention to the construction of family and state institutions. Plays set for close study are The Spanish Tragedy, Hamlet, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Malcontent and The Duchess of...

    Published December 21st 2011 by Routledge

  22. William Shakespeare

    The Critical Heritage Volume 1 1623-1692

    Edited by Brian Vickers

    First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published October 10th 2008 by Routledge

  23. William Shakespeare

    The Critical Heritage Volume 2 1693-1733

    Edited by Brian Vickers

    First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published October 9th 2008 by Routledge

  24. William Shakespeare

    The Critical Heritage Volume 3 1733-1752

    Edited by Brian Vickers

    First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published March 12th 2009 by Routledge

  25. William Shakespeare

    The Critical Heritage Volume 4 1753-1765

    Edited by Brian Vickers

    First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published October 9th 2008 by Routledge

  26. William Shakespeare

    The Critical Heritage Volume 5 1765-1774

    Edited by Brian Vickers

    First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published October 9th 2008 by Routledge

  27. William Shakespeare

    The Critical Heritage Volume 6 1774-1801

    Edited by Brian Vickers

    First published in 1995. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published October 9th 2008 by Routledge

  28. Shakespeare's Festive Tragedy

    The Ritual Foundations of Genre

    By Naomi Conn Liebler

    Shakespeare's Festive Tragedy is a unique look at the social and religious foundations of the tragic genre. Naomi Liebler asks whether it is possible to regard tragic heroes such as Coriolanus and King Lear as `sacrifical victims of the prevailing social order'. A fascinating examination of...

    Published November 29th 1995 by Routledge

  29. The Popular Culture of Shakespeare, Spenser and Jonson

    By Mary Ellen Lamb

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    Breaking new ground by considering productions of popular culture from above, rather than from below, this book draws on theorists of cultural studies, such as Pierre Bourdieu, Roger Chartier and John Fiske to synthesize work from disparate fields and present new readings of well-known literary...

    Published June 14th 2008 by Routledge

  30. The Death of the Actor

    Shakespeare on Page and Stage

    By Martin Buzacott

    In The Death of the Actor Martin Buzacott launches an all-out attack on contemporary theatrical practice and performance theory which identifies the actor, rather than the director, as the key creative force in the performance of Shakespeare. Because actors are absent from the site of Shakespearean...

    Published December 11th 1991 by Routledge

  31. The Texts of Othello and Shakespearean Revision

    By E. A. J. Honigmann

    In a groundbreaking piece of scholarly detective work, Professor Honigmann - editor of the forthcoming Arden 3 edition of Othello - uncovers in more detail than any previous study the hidden history of the two early texts of Othello, the Quarto and the Folio. He traces the crucial role played by...

    Published April 10th 1996 by Routledge

  32. Shakespeares Last Plays

    By Frances Yates

    First published in 2007. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published March 31st 2007 by Routledge

  33. Post-Colonial Shakespeares

    First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

    Published October 13th 2010 by Routledge

  34. Focus on Macbeth

    Edited by John Russell Brown

    First published in 1982. Macbeth exercises a strange influence over readers and theatre audiences: the words of the text offer no easy clue to meaning or significance and in dramatic structure the play is very different from other Shakespearean tragedies. Many kinds of study are needed in order to...

    Published December 1st 2010 by Routledge

  35. Shakespeare's Sililoquies

    By Ingeborg Boltz, Wolfgang Clemen

    First published in 1987. Often the best known and most memorable passages in Shakespeare's plays, the soliloquies, also tend to be the focal points in the drama. Twenty-seven soliloquies are examined in this work, illustrating how the spectator or reader is led to the soliloquy and how the drama...

    Published December 6th 2010 by Routledge

  36. The Development of Shakespeare's Imagery

    By Wolfgang Clemen

    First published in 1951. The edition reprints the second, updated, edition, of 1977. When first published this book quickly established itself as the standard survey of Shakespeare's imagery considered as an integral part of the development of Shakespeare's dramatic art. By illustrating, through...

    Published December 5th 2010 by Routledge

  37. Shakespeare's Drama

    By Una Ellis-Fermor

    Edited by Kenneth Muir

    First published in 1980. This collection of essays by the first General Editor of the New Arden Shakespeare brings together the best of Ellis-Fermor's Shespearean criticism, in addition to outstanding essays on Coriolanus and Troilus and Cressida. Collected and edited by Kenneth Muir, the book is...

    Published December 14th 2010 by Routledge

  38. Shakespeare

    The art of the dramatist

    By Roland Mushat Frye

    This edition first published in 1982. Previous edition published in 1972 by Houghton Mifflin. Outlining methods and techniques for reading Shakespeare's plays, Roland Frye explores and develops a comprehensive understanding of Shakespeare's drama, focussing on the topics which must be kept in mind...

    Published December 22nd 2004 by Routledge

  39. Themes and Variations in Shakespeare's Sonnets

    By J B Leishman

    First published in 1961. This study analyses Shakespeare's treatment of the universal themes of Beauty, Love and Time. He compares Shakespeare with other great poets and sonnet writers - Pindar, Horace and Ovid, with Petrarch, Tasso and Ronsart, with Shakespeare's own English predecessors and...

    Published December 15th 2010 by Routledge

  40. The Shakespeare Name and Place Dictionary

    Edited by J. Madison Davis

    Entries provide the likely sources for a name; describe historical and mythological backgrounds; examine Shakespeare's presentation of a character or place; and suggest various interpretations of a name. Each entry contains line citations to William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, edited by Wells...

    Published April 30th 1995 by Routledge

  41. 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

  42. Reimagining Shakespeare for Children and Young Adults

    By Naomi Miller

    Series: Children's Literature and Culture

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

    Published June 15th 2009 by Routledge

  43. A. Reconsidering Shakespeare

    Edited by Terrence Hawkes

    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 January 31st 2007 by Routledge

  44. Elizabethan and Jacobean Journals

    Being a Record of those Things Most Talked of During the Years 1591-1610

    Edited by G.B. Harrison

    Series: Routledge Library Editions

    This set provides a detailed and intimate account of the Elizabethan and Jacobean World picture. The volumes vividly convey life as it was in the days of Shakespeare; King James; the first voyage to the West Indies; the Great Plague of 1603; the Gunpowder Plot; the Civil War, and the first impact...

    Published September 26th 2007 by Routledge

  45. Shakespeare's Dramatic Heritage

    Collected Studies in Mediaeval, Tudor and Shakespearean Drama

    By Glynne Wickham

    Shakespeare's Dramatic Heritage shows that the drama of Elizabethan and Jacobean England is deeply indebted to the religious drama of the Middle Ages and represents a climax, in secular guise, to mediaeval experiment and achievement rather than a new beginning. This is fully examined in terms of...

    Published September 26th 2008 by Routledge

  46. Shakespeare's Rhetoric of Comic Character

    By Karen Newman

    First published in 1985. In this revisionist history of comic characterization, Karen Newman argues that, contrary to received opinion, Shakespeare was not the first comic dramatist to create self-conscious characters who seem 'lifelike' or 'realistic'. His comic practice is firmly set within a...

    Published September 26th 2008 by Routledge

  47. The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose

    By Brian Vickers

    First published in 1968. This re-issues the revised edition of 1979. The Artistry of Shakespeare's Prose is the first detailed study of the use of prose in the plays. It begins by defining the different dramatic and emotional functions which Shakespeare gave to prose and verse, and proceeds to...

    Published February 25th 2009 by Routledge

  48. Shakespeare and the Confines of Art

    By Philip Edwards

    First published in 1968. By selective study of certain of the comedies, tragedies and sonnets, Philip Edwards views Shakespeare's work as a whole and explains why his art developed as it did. The work which the author sees Shakespeare striving to create is the perfect fusion of comedy and tragedy...

    Published May 6th 2009 by Routledge

  49. The Sources of Shakespeare's Plays

    By Kenneth Muir

    First published in 1977. This book ascertains what sources Shakespeare used for the plots of his plays and discusses the use he made of them; and secondly illustrates how his general reading is woven into the texture of his work. Few Elizabethan dramatists took such pains as Shakespeare in the...

    Published February 24th 2009 by Routledge

  50. Shakespeare's Comedy of Love

    By Alexander Leggatt

    First published in 1987. This study removes some of the critical puzzles that Shakespeare's comedies of love have posed in the past. The author shows that what distinguishes the comedies is not their similarity but their variety - the way in which each play is a new combination of essentially...

    Published September 26th 2008 by Routledge

  51. Shakespeare, Theatre, and Time

    By Matthew Wagner

    Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

    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...

    Published August 24th 2011 by Routledge

  52. Prophecy and Sibylline Imagery in the Renaissance

    Shakespeare’s Sibyls

    By Jessica L. Malay

    Series: Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture

    This book restores the rich tradition of the Sibyls to the position of prominence they once held in the culture and society of the English Renaissance. The sibyls — figures from classical antiquity — played important roles in literature, scholarship and art of the period, exerting a powerful...

    Published April 6th 2010 by Routledge