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SHAKESPEARE'S FESTIVE COMEDY

SHAKESPEARE'S FESTIVE COMEDY

Author: BARBER, C.L.
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I have been led into an exploration of the way the social form of Elizabethan holidays contributed to the dramatic form of festive comedy. To relate this drama to holiday has proved to be the most effective way to describe its character. And this historical interplay between social and artistic form has an interest of its own: we can see here, with more clarity of outline and detail than is usually possible, how art develops underlying configurations in the social life of a culture.--C. L. Barber, in the Introduction

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SHAKESPEARE'S FREEDOM

Author: GREENBLATT, STEPHEN
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Shakespeare lived in a world of absolutes--of claims for the absolute authority of scripture, monarch, and God, and the authority of fathers over wives and children, the old over the young, and the gentle over the baseborn. With the elegance and verve for which he is well known, Stephen Greenblatt, author of the best-selling Will in the World, shows that Shakespeare was strikingly averse to such absolutes and constantly probed the possibility of freedom from them. Again and again, Shakespeare confounds the designs and pretensions of kings, generals, and churchmen. His aversion to absolutes even leads him to probe the exalted and seemingly limitless passions of his lovers.

Greenblatt explores this rich theme by addressing four of Shakespeare's preoccupations across all the genres in which he worked. He first considers the idea of beauty in Shakespeare's works, specifically his challenge to the cult of featureless perfection and his interest in distinguishing marks. He then turns to Shakespeare's interest in murderous hatred, most famously embodied in Shylock but seen also in the character Bernardine in Measure for Measure. Next Greenblatt considers the idea of Shakespearean authority--that is, Shakespeare's deep sense of the ethical ambiguity of power, including his own. Ultimately, Greenblatt takes up Shakespearean autonomy, in particular the freedom of artists, guided by distinctive forms of perception, to live by their own laws and to claim that their creations are singularly unconstrained.

A book that could only have been written by Stephen Greenblatt, Shakespeare's Freedom is a wholly original and eloquent meditation by the most acclaimed and influential Shakespearean of our time.

SHAKESPEARE'S RESTLESS WORLD: A PORTRAIT OF AN ERA

SHAKESPEARE'S RESTLESS WORLD: A PORTRAIT OF AN ERA

Author: MACGREGOR, NEIL
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The New York Times bestselling author of A History of the World in 100 Objects brings the world of Shakespeare and the Tudor era of Elizabeth I into focus

We feel we know Shakespeare's characters. Think of Hamlet, trapped in indecision, or Macbeth's merciless and ultimately self-destructive ambition, or the Machiavellian rise and short reign of Richard III. They are so vital, so alive and real that we can see aspects of ourselves in them. But their world was at once familiar and nothing like our own.

In this brilliant work of historical reconstruction Neil MacGregor and his team at the British Museum, working together in a landmark collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the BBC, bring us twenty objects that capture the essence of Shakespeare's universe. A perfect complement to A History of the World in 100 Objects, MacGregor's landmark New York Times bestseller, Shakespeare's Restless World highlights a turning point in human history.

This magnificent book, illustrated throughout with more than one hundred vibrant color photographs, invites you to travel back in history and to touch, smell, and feel what life was like at that pivotal moment, when humankind leaped into the modern age. This was an exhilarating time when discoveries in science and technology altered the parameters of the known world. Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation map allows us to imagine the age of exploration from the point of view of one of its most ambitious navigators. A bishop's cup captures the most sacred and divisive act in Christendom.

With A History of the World in 100 Objects, MacGregor pioneered a new way of telling history through artifacts. Now he trains his eye closer to home, on a subject that has mesmerized him since childhood, and lets us see Shakespeare and his world in a whole new light.

SHAKESPEARE: HIS LIFE AND WORKS

SHAKESPEARE: HIS LIFE AND WORKS

Author: RIDING, ALAN
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A comprehensive life and works book of a literary great -- William Shakespeare!

The beautifully illustrated guide unravels the life and works of Shakespeare from language, history and themes to plays, poems and sonnets. Explore the art of this famous playwright and his enduring legacy through the stunning gift format.

Celebrate one of the theater's most influential contributors through his legendary works of comedy, tragedy, romance and poetry. Inside the playbook, you'll find:

- Clear an accessible format.
- Plot summaries of all of 39 plays with lists of characters.
- Guidance on how to read and interpret his great sonnets and narrative poems.
- Plays ordered by time and genre, helping readers to trace the development of Shakespeare's topics, themes and artistry.
- Sidebars that clarify the mythological, geographical and historical context of each play and decode its language, dramatic action and themes.
- Illuminated guidance on how to approach reading the play and seeing it perform.

Shakespeare fans will revel in the marvelous depiction of the Stratford-upon-Avon-born Bard himself! His drama book allows you to dive into famous works like Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, and explore Shakespeare's sources and inspirations for each! Themes, plots, characters and language are brought to life with act-by-act plot summaries, resumes of main characters and in-depth analysis of Shakespeare's use of the English language.

Shakespeare: His Life and Works is a wonderful exploration of plays, poems and sonnets in the context of his life and the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, further enriching your experience on the page, stage or screen.

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SHAKESPEARE: POET AND CITIZEN: NEW EDITION

Author: KIERNAN, VICTOR
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With Shakespeare: Poet and Citizen, Kiernan displays how profoundly sensitive Shakespeare was to the massive social and political upheavals of his age. During the playwright's lifetime, he saw the first challenges to monarchical rule, as well as serious transformations in England's social hierarchy. Shakespeare witnessed and capitalized on these events, using major social changes, such as rebellious new female roles, prominently in his comedies, which feature identity confusion, gender bending, and cross-dressing. His historical plays, similarly, reflect the demise of feudal allegiances and the development of the modern state. By placing these plays within the context of England's emerging modernity, Kiernan brilliantly upends our conventional perceptions of Shakespeare's work.
SHATTERING THE MYTH: Plays by Hispanic Women

SHATTERING THE MYTH: Plays by Hispanic Women

Author: CHAVEZ, DENISE
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The plays, written between 1986 and 1991, have been performed or read in theaters across the United States. They shatter myths and create a broader, freer space for women's cultural development.

SNOW IN AUGUST

Author: GAO XING
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From Gao Xingjian, a winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature, comes a "major drama about life.

Snow in August blends Eastern and Western cultures. In form, there are elements of Shakespearean and Greek tragedy, but in spirit, it embodies a uniquely Eastern sensibility."--Gao Xingjian

Snow in August is based on the life of Huineng (AD 633-713), the Sixth Patriarch of Zen Buddhism in Tang Dynasty China. Packed with the myriad sights and sounds of both the Eastern and Western theatrical traditions, the play exudes wonder and mysticism. The many koan cases and the story of Huineng's enlightenment afford the audience fascinating vignettes of Gao's vision of life and existence [w an awareness of the Void and the need for a personal peace with oneself.

SOMETHING WRITTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK: An Actor's Year with the Royal Shakespeare Company

SOMETHING WRITTEN IN THE STATE OF DENMARK: An Actor's Year with the Royal Shakespeare Company

Author: OSBORN, KEITH
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Actor and official Royal Shakespeare Company member Keith Osborn tells the story of the company's extraordinary 2008-9 season in Stratford and London, with much drama on and off the stage. Also contains new material covering the early parts of the season, with many rehearsal and production photos taken throughout the season.

SONNETS

Author: SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM
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SONNETS

SONNETS

Author: SHAKESPEARE, WILLIAM
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This new edition focuses on the Sonnets as poetry - sometimes strikingly individual poems, but often subtly interlinked in thematic, imagistic and other groupings. Gwynne Evans and Anthony Hecht also address the many questions that cast a veil of mystery over the genesis of the Sonnets: to what extent are they autobiographical? What is the nature of the 'love', strongly expressed, between the 'poet', the 'youth' and the 'Dark Lady'? Can they, apart from the poet, be identified? Who is the 'rival poet'? When were the Sonnets written and in what order? What were the circumstances surrounding their publication?