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An introductory critical study for first year undergraduates, aimed at bridging the increasing gap between A Level and university level study. The book offers a comprehensive approach to fourteen key texts looking at different critical perspectives, language, context and performance in particular.
About the Author
Pamela Bickley and Jenny Stevens have taught Shakespeare at pre-university and degree level for many years. They lead the English Association's ongoing involvement with transition issues and lecture and publish on a range of literary topics.
Table of Contents
How To Use This Book / Introduction / 1. A Midsummer Night's Dream: transformations, illusions, festivity / 2. Much Ado About Nothing: exploring language and gender / 3. Twelfth Night: disguises and desires / 4. Measure for Measure (and its problems...) / 5. Hamlet: a play of 'perpetual modernity' / 6. Othello: sex, race and suggestibility / 7. King Lear: 'That things might change, or cease' / 8. Macbeth: kingship and witchcraft / 9. Antony and Cleopatra: the legendary on stage / 10. King Richard II: the performance of majesty / 11. Richard III: history's monster or charismatic villain? / 12. Cymbeline: 'an experimental romance'? / 13. The Winter's Tale: tyranny, trials, Time / 14. The Tempest: where 'Thought is free' / Glossary / References / Index.
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