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The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy

The Cambridge Companion to Shakespearean Tragedy

2nd Edition

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Colin Burrow, Russ McDonald, David Bevington, Michael Warren, Claire McEachern, Michael Hattaway, Catherine Belsey, Gail Kern Paster, Robert N. Watson, Catherine Bates, Coppélia Kahn, Paul A. Kottman, Lucy Munro
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  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107643321

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  • This revised and updated Companion acquaints the student reader with the forms, contexts, critical and theatrical lives of the ten plays considered to be Shakespeare's tragedies. Thirteen essays, written by leading scholars in Britain and North America, address the ways in which Shakespearean tragedy originated, developed and diversified, as well as how it has fared on stage, as text and in criticism. Topics covered include the literary precursors of Shakespeare's tragedies, cultural backgrounds, sub-genres and receptions of the plays. The book examines the four major tragedies and, in addition, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens. Essays in this new edition have been fully revised to reflect the most up-to-date scholarship, the bibliography has been extensively updated, and four new chapters have been included, discussing Shakespearean form, Shakespeare and philosophy, Shakespeare's tragedies in performance, and Shakespeare and religion.

    • Chapters have been fully updated and revised to reflect the latest scholarship and four new essays have been included
    • Internationally renowned scholars discuss the ten tragedies in a clear and accessible style, focusing on key themes
    • Includes a variety of approaches to Shakespeare's tragedies, providing students with a comprehensive guide to the place of tragedy in Shakespeare's career and in wider culture
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107643321
    • length: 321 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the second edition
    1. What is a Shakespearean tragedy? Colin Burrow
    2. The language of tragedy Russ McDonald
    3. Tragedy in Shakespeare's career David Bevington
    4. Shakespearean tragedy printed and performed Michael Warren
    5. Religion and Shakespearean tragedy Claire McEachern
    6. Tragedy and political authority Michael Hattaway
    7. Gender and family Catherine Belsey
    8. The tragic subject and its passions Gail Kern Paster
    9. Tragedies of revenge and ambition Robert N. Watson
    10. Shakespeare's tragedies of love Catherine Bates
    11. Shakespeare's classical tragedies Coppélia Kahn
    12. Why think about Shakespearean tragedy today? Paul A. Kottman
    13. Shakespeare's tragedies in performance Lucy Munro.

  • Editor

    Claire McEachern, University of California, Los Angeles
    Claire McEachern is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of The Poetics of English Nationhood, 1590–1612 (1996), co-editor (with Debora Shuger) of Religion and Culture in the English Renaissance (1997) and editor of the Arden 3 Much Ado About Nothing, as well as several other Shakespeare plays for various series.


    Colin Burrow, Russ McDonald, David Bevington, Michael Warren, Claire McEachern, Michael Hattaway, Catherine Belsey, Gail Kern Paster, Robert N. Watson, Catherine Bates, Coppélia Kahn, Paul A. Kottman, Lucy Munro

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