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Late Shakespeare, 1608–1613


Andrew J. Power, Rory Loughnane, Andrew Hiscock, David George, Raphael Lyne, William E. Engel, Michael Neill, Sandra Clark, Grace Ioppolo, Charlotte Scott, Adam Hansen, Stuart M. Kurland, Thomas Betteridge, Ian McAdam, Gordon McMullan
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  • Date Published: November 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107463196

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  • In fourteen specially commissioned chapters by leading Shakespeare scholars from around the globe, Late Shakespeare, 1608–1613 provides an essential reappraisal of the final phase of Shakespeare's writing life. Arranged for the first time in the best-established chronological sequence, Shakespeare's last seven extant plays are discussed in detail in dedicated chapters, from Pericles to the other late co-authored works, King Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen. The plays are situated in the context of Shakespeare's financial investments, his focus on the practice of reading, the changing nature of his acting company and the pressing issues of contemporary politics and urban life. The book also goes on to explore the relationship between Shakespeare and his audience and considers the dominant themes in his final works. Analysing and responding to the latest criticism in the field, this volume brings to light a vital re-examination of what it means to discuss 'late Shakespeare'.

    • Provides a full chronological treatment of Shakespeare's last seven plays to offer an entirely new perspective to readers
    • Offers a fully contextualised approach to the final productive years of Shakespeare's life so that readers can understand the time and situation in which his final works were produced
    • Responds to recent criticism in the areas of late writing and Shakespeare studies and will appeal to readers with an interest in current critical trends
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107463196
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Andrew J. Power and Rory Loughnane
    1. Pericles, Prince of Tyre: Pericles, Prince of Tyre and the appetite for narrative Andrew Hiscock
    2. Coriolanus: Coriolanus and the late romances David George
    3. Cymbeline: recognition in Cymbeline Raphael Lyne
    4. The Winter's Tale: kinetic emblems and memory images in The Winter's Tale William E. Engel
    5. The Tempest: 'hush, and be mute': silences in The Tempest Michael Neill
    6. King Henry VIII: semi-choric devices and the framework for playgoer response in King Henry VIII Rory Loughnane
    7. The Two Noble Kinsmen: Shakespeare's final phase: The Two Noble Kinsmen in its context Sandra Clark
    8. Shakespeare: from author to audience to print, 1608–13 Grace Ioppolo
    9. Reading strange matter: words and text in Shakespeare's late plays Charlotte Scott
    10. Late Shakespeare, late players Andrew J. Power
    11. Cities in late Shakespeare Adam Hansen
    12. Shakespeare and James I: personal rule and public responsibility Stuart M. Kurland
    13. Writing faithfully in a post-confessional world Thomas Betteridge
    14. Magic and gender in late Shakespeare Ian McAdam
    Afterword Gordon McMullan.

  • Editors

    Andrew J. Power, Trinity College, Dublin
    Andrew J. Power is a Visiting Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at the University of Cyprus. His forthcoming book is entitled Stages of Madness: Sin, Sickness, and Seneca in Shakespeare. He is also working on another monograph study about the classical dramatic sources of Shakespeare's early tragedies, entitled Love, Tyranny and Revenge: Shakespeare, Elizabeth I and the Senecan Tradition. Amongst other chapter and article contributions to a range of journals and collections, he is a contributing author to the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy. In 2014 he will co-edit the MHRA Yearbook of English Studies on Caroline literature with Rory Loughnane and Peter Sillitoe.

    Rory Loughnane, Syracuse University, New York
    Rory Loughnane is Associate Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. He has previously worked at Trinity College Dublin, where he held an IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellowship, and Syracuse University, where he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Early Modern Literature. In addition to Late Shakespeare, 1608–1613, he is editor of Celtic Shakespeare: The Bard and the Borderers (2013, with Willy Maley), Staged Transgression in Shakespeare's England (2013, with Edel Semple) and The Yearbook of English Studies for 2014, dedicated to Caroline Literature (with Andrew Power and Peter Sillitoe).


    Andrew J. Power, Rory Loughnane, Andrew Hiscock, David George, Raphael Lyne, William E. Engel, Michael Neill, Sandra Clark, Grace Ioppolo, Charlotte Scott, Adam Hansen, Stuart M. Kurland, Thomas Betteridge, Ian McAdam, Gordon McMullan

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