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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare's Last Plays


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Clare Smout, Catherine M. S. Alexander, Gordon McMullan, David Lindley, Charles Moseley, Karen Britland, Russ McDonald, Patricia Tatspaugh, Virginia Mason Vaughan, Eugene Giddens, Suzanne Gossett
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  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521708197

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  • Which plays are included under the heading 'Shakespeare's last plays', and when does Shakespeare's 'last' period begin? What is meant by a 'late play', and what are the benefits in defining plays in this way? Reflecting the recent growth of interest in late studies, and recognising the gaps in accessible scholarship on this area, in this book leading international Shakespeare scholars address these and many other questions. The essays locate Shakespeare's last plays - single and co-authored - in the period of their composition, consider the significant characteristics of their Jacobean context, and explore the rich afterlives, on stage, in print and other media of The Winter's Tale, Cymbeline, The Tempest, Pericles, The Two Noble Kinsmen and Henry VIII. The volume opens with a historical timeline that places the plays in the contexts of contemporary political events, theatrical events, other cultural milestones, Shakespeare's life and that of his playing company, the King's Men.

    • Makes a clear distinction between the original context of the plays, and their subsequent reception, providing the reader with a wide range of information
    • Contains a historical timeline for helpful reference, which locates the works in the period of their composition
    • Pays due attention to the co-authored plays, and also to the plays' afterlives - both key areas of study
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521708197
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Historical timeline Clare Smout
    Preface Catherine M. S. Alexander
    1. What is a 'late play'? Gordon McMullan
    2. Blackfriars, music and masque: theatrical contexts of the Last Plays David Lindley
    3. The literary and dramatic contexts of the Last Plays Charles Moseley
    4. Politics, religion, geography and travel: historical contexts of the Last Plays Karen Britland
    5. 'You speak a language that I understand not': listening to the Last Plays Russ McDonald
    6. The Winter's Tale: shifts in staging and status Patricia Tatspaugh
    7. Cymbeline: the afterlife Catherine M. S. Alexander
    8. Literary invocations of The Tempest Virginia Mason Vaughan
    9. Pericles: the afterlife Eugene Giddens
    10. The Two Noble Kinsmen and King Henry VIII: the last last plays Suzanne Gossett
    Further reading Clare Smout.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Honors Literature Seminar: Shakespeare
    • Seminar in Drama: Classical Shakespeare
    • Shakespeare
    • Shakespeare -- The Late Plays
    • Shakespeare's Last Plays
    • Shakespeare's Politics
    • Shakespeare's Romances
    • Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
    • The Plays of Shakespeare
    • Wild Justice
  • Editor

    Catherine M. S. Alexander, University of Birmingham
    Catherine M. S. Alexander is a Fellow of the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.


    Clare Smout, Catherine M. S. Alexander, Gordon McMullan, David Lindley, Charles Moseley, Karen Britland, Russ McDonald, Patricia Tatspaugh, Virginia Mason Vaughan, Eugene Giddens, Suzanne Gossett

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