The Tragedies A Companion to Shakespeare's Worksdutton richard (curatore); howard jean e. (curatore)
Richard Dutton is currently Professor of English atLancaster University, author of Mastering the Revels: theRegulation and Censorship of Renaissance Drama (1991) andLicensing, Censorship and Authorship in Early ModernEngland:Buggeswords (2000). He is editor of the PalgraveLiterary Lives series. From 2003, he will be Professor ofEnglish at Ohio State University.
Complementing David Scott Kastan's A Companion toShakespeare (1999), which focused on Shakespeare as an authorin his historical context, these volumes examine each of his playsand major poems using all the resources of contemporary criticismfrom performance studies to feminist, historicist, and textualanalyses.
Scholars from all over the world – Australia, Canada, France,New Zealand, the United Kingdom and United States – have joined inthe writing of new essays addressing virtually the whole ofShakespeare's canon from a rich variety of critical perspectives. Amixture of younger and more established scholars, their workreflects some of the most interesting research currently beingconducted in Shakespeare studies.
Arguing for the persistence and utility of genre as a rubric forteaching and writing about Shakespeare's works, the editors haveorganized 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 containsindividual essays on all texts in the relevant category as well asmore general essays looking at critical issues and approaches morewidely relevant to the genre.
This ambitious project offers a provocative roadmap toShakespeare studies at the dawning of the twentieth–firstcentury.
This companion to Shakespeare's tragedies contains originalessays on every tragedy from Titus Andronicus toCoriolanus as well as thirteen additional essays on suchtopics as Shakespeare's Roman tragedies, Shakespeare's tragedies onfilm, Shakespeare's tragedies of love, Hamlet in performance, andtragic emotion in Shakespeare.
Notes on Contributors vii
1 A rarity most beloved : Shakespeare and the Ideaof 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 ShakespeareanTragedy 95
6 Reading Shakespeare s Tragedies of Love: Romeo andJuliet, Othello, and Antony and Cleopatra in Early Modern England108
7 Hamlet Productions Starring Beale, Hawke, and Darling From thePerspective 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: AMirror 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 : TheCity in Romeo and Juliet 303
Naomi Conn Liebler
16 He that thou knowest thine : Friendship andService 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 fromBelow 411
Jyotsna G. Singh
22 Timon of Athens: The Dialectic of Usury, Nihilism, and Art430
23 Coriolanus and the Politics of Theatrical Pleasure 452