Complementing David Scott Kastan's A Companion to Shakespeare (1999), which focused on Shakespeare as an author in his historical context, these volumes examine each of his plays and major poems using all the resources of contemporary criticism from performance studies to feminist, historicist, and textual analyses.
Scholars from all over the world – Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States – have joined in the writing of new essays addressing virtually the whole of Shakespeare's canon from a rich variety of critical perspectives. A mixture of younger and more established scholars, their work reflects some of the most interesting research currently being conducted in Shakespeare studies.
Arguing for the persistence and utility of genre as a rubric for teaching and writing about Shakespeare's works, the editors have organized the four volumes in relation to generic categories: namely, the tragedies, the histories, the comedies, and the poems, problem comedies and late plays. Each volume thus contains individual essays on all texts in the relevant category as well as more general essays looking at critical issues and approaches more widely relevant to the genre.
This ambitious project offers a provocative roadmap to Shakespeare studies at the dawning of the twentieth–first century.
This companion to Shakespeare's tragedies contains original essays on every tragedy from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus as well as thirteen additional essays on such topics as Shakespeare's Roman tragedies, Shakespeare's tragedies on film, Shakespeare's tragedies of love, Hamlet in performance, and tragic emotion in Shakespeare.
Notes on Contributors vii
1 A rarity most beloved : Shakespeare and the Idea of Tragedy 4
David Scott Kastan
2 The Tragedies of Shakespeare s Contemporaries 23
3 Minds in Company: Shakespearean Tragic Emotions 47
4 The Divided Tragic Hero 73
5 Disjointed Times and Half–Remembered Truths in Shakespearean Tragedy 95
6 Reading Shakespeare s Tragedies of Love: Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Antony and Cleopatra in Early Modern England 108
7 Hamlet Productions Starring Beale, Hawke, and Darling From the Perspective of Performance History 134
Bernice W. Kliman
8 Text and Tragedy 158
9 Shakespearean Tragedy and Religious Identity 178
Richard C. McCoy
10 Shakespeare s Roman Tragedies 199
11 Tragedy and Geography 219
12 Classic Film Versions of Shakespeare s Tragedies: A Mirror for the Times 241
Kenneth S. Rothwell
13 Contemporary Film Versions of the Tragedies 262
Mark Thornton Burnett
14 Titus Andronicus: A Time for Race and Revenge 284
15 There is no world without Verona walls : The City in Romeo and Juliet 303
Naomi Conn Liebler
16 He that thou knowest thine : Friendship and Service in Hamlet 319
17 Julius Caesar 339
Rebecca W. Bushnell
18 Othello and the Problem of Blackness 357
Kim F. Hall
19 King Lear 375
20 Macbeth, the Present, and the Past 393
21 The Politics of Empathy in Antony and Cleopatra: A View from Below 411
Jyotsna G. Singh
22 Timon of Athens: The Dialectic of Usury, Nihilism, and Art 430
23 Coriolanus and the Politics of Theatrical Pleasure 452
Richard Dutton is currently Professor of English at Lancaster University, author of Mastering the Revels: the Regulation and Censorship of Renaissance Drama (1991) and Licensing, Censorship and Authorship in Early Modern England:Buggeswords (2000). He is editor of the Palgrave Literary Lives series. From 2003, he will be Professor of English at Ohio State University.