Shakespeare the Playwright : A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories, Comedies, and Romances (Updated)


Shakespeare the Playwright : A Companion to the Complete Tragedies, Histories, Comedies, and Romances (Updated)

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 888 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780275955229
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Guides the reader scene by scene through each of Shakespeare's thirty-seven plays, re-creating the freshness and theatrical effects of performance.

Full Description

When Victor Cahn's Shakespeare the Playwright was issued in 1991, it was highly recommended for any general public library and for academic collections at all undergraduate levels (Choice) and viewed as a useful guide for the general reader, as well as high school and undergraduate students Library Journal. Now Professor Cahn has revised his introduction to make the context of Shakespeare's plays more meaningful to the beginning researcher and to show how the plays have been performed from the 16th century onward. In addition, the bibliographies for each of the 37 plays have been updated to include the best new research. These updates and revisions will enhance the use of this guide for the general reader, student, and researcher, from high school onward.Since their first production four centuries ago, the plays of William Shakespeare have been the most widely produced, popularly acclaimed, and critically examined works in the world's literature. In this unique book, Victor L. Cahn, an acclaimed teacher of drama, guides the reader scene by scene through each of Shakespeare's thirty-seven plays, re-creating the freshness and theatrical effect of performance. Cahn has based his approach on the assumption that the fundamental appeal of Shakespeare's plays lies in the characters, and with clarity and subtlety he focuses on how the implications of the characters' actions and the nuances of their language contribute to the plays' impact.The introduction briefly traces Shakespeare's life and career, and explains some of the social and artistic circumstances that influenced his work. The plays are grouped by genre: Tragedies, Histories, Comedies, and Romances. This structure allows Cahn to explore Shalespeare's development in all four dramatic forms, as well as to suggest relationships between characters, themes, and images throughout the works. In addition, Cahn discusses the plays as reflective of Shakespeare's age, particularly the Renaissance concern with the tension between individual rights and social responsibility. The text is free from extensive scholarly apparatus, but valuable suggestions for further reading follow the analysis of each play, and a selected bibliography concludes the volume. The comprehensiveness of the book, as well as the accessibility and quality of its interpretations, make it a valuable resource for courses in Shakespeare, drama, and British literature, and a worthy addition to high school, college, university, and public library reference collections.

Table of Contents

Introduction                                       ix
The Tragedies 1 (282)
Titus Andronicus 5 (18)
Romeo and Juliet 23 (24)
Julius Caesar 47 (22)
Hamlet 69 (36)
Othello 105(32)
King Lear 137(42)
Macbeth 179(30)
Antony and Cleopatra 209(32)
Coriolanus 241(26)
Timon of Athens 267(16)
The Histories 283(242)
The First Tetralogy 287(94)
Henry VI, Part 1 289(20)
Henry VI, Part 2 309(22)
Henry VI, Part 3 331(22)
Richard III 353(28)
King John 381(18)
The Second Tetralogy 399(88)
Richard II 401(32)
Henry IV, Part 1 433(28)
Henry IV, Part 2 461(26)
Henry V 487(22)
Henry III 509(16)
The Comedies 525(218)
The Comedy of Errors 529(12)
The Taming of the Shrew 541(14)
The Two Gentlemen of Verona 555(14)
Love's Labor's Lost 569(14)
A Midsummer Night's Dream 583(16)
The Merchant of Venice 599(20)
The Merry Wives of Windsor 619(10)
Much Ado About Nothing 629(18)
As You Like It 647(18)
Twelfth Night 665(18)
Troilus and Cressida 683(20)
All's Well That Ends Well 703(18)
Measure for Measure 721(22)
The Romances 743(80)
Pericles 745(12)
Cymbeline 757(22)
The Winter's Tale 779(24)
The Tempest 803(20)
Appendix 1: The Two Noble Kinsmen 823(4)
Appendix 2: The Royal Figures from the History 827(4)
Select Bibliography 831(2)
Character Index 833(14)
Index 847