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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)by Emma Smith
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This lively and innovative introduction to Shakespeare promotes active engagement with the plays, rather than recycling factual information. Covering a range of texts, it is divided into seven subject-based chapters: Character; Performance; Texts; Language; Structure; Sources and History, and it does not assume any prior knowledge. Instead, it develops ways of thinking and provides the reader with resources for independent research through the 'Where next?' sections at the end of each chapter. The book draws on up-to-date scholarship without being overwhelmed by it, and unlike other introductory guides to Shakespeare it emphasizes that there is space for new and fresh thinking by students and readers, even on the most-studied and familiar plays.
Lively, accessible and innovative, this introduction to Shakespeare's plays is divided into seven subject-based chapters: Character; Performance; Texts; Language; Structure; Sources and History. It promotes active engagement with the plays and proves that there is space for new and fresh thinking, even on the most-studied and familiar plays.
Must-have guides designed to introduce students and teachers to key topics and authors.
An accessible and lively introduction to the works of Shakespeare.
About the Author
Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, University of Oxford.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Character; 2. Performance; 3. Texts; 4. Language; 5. Structure; 6. Sources; 7. History.
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