This comprehensive and well-informed study is also a work of detection and reappraisal.
This comprehensive and well-informed study is also a work of detection and reappraisal. Each tragedy is considered both as a text and as a play to experience in performance. Shakespeare's engagement with this form of drama is followed step-by-step until its concluding years of intense activity. No theory of tragedy emerges, but rather an increasing ability to maintain and communicate a clear-eyed perception of a changing and often violent society in which action is stronger than words or conscious intention.
Introduction.- A Theatre for Tragedy.- Titus AndronicusTragedy.- Popular Tragedies and their Audiences.- Richard III and Richard II: Historical Tragedies.- Romeo and Juliet: An Innovative Tragedy.- From King John to Henry V: Histories and Heroes.- Julius Caesar: Unsettling an Audience.- Hamlet: Sources and Context.- Hamlet: Action and Audience.- Othello: Sexuality and Difference.- King Lear: Part One.- King Lear: Part Two.- Macbeth: Order and Imagination.- Antony and Cleopatra: A Wider View.- Coriolanus: Strength and Weakness.- Timon of Athens and Beyond Tragedy.- Notes.- Index.