Titus Andronicus

Third Series


Author: William Shakespeare,Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781904271147

Category: Drama

Page: 328

View: 4198

After centuries of vilification and neglect by both scholars and actors, Titus Andronicus has at last come to be recognized as one of ShakespeareÂ's early masterpieces. In this powerful and ground-breaking edition, Bate offers a complete and radical reappraisal of ShakespeareÂ's bloodiest tragedy, seeing it as one of the dramatistÂ's most inventive plays, a complex and self-conscious improvisation upon classical sources. BateÂ's introduction does full justice to the playÂ's artfulness and sophistication, puts forward new arguments regarding the playÂ's date, sources and early stage history, and devotes extended discussion to great modern productions such as those of Peter Brook and Deborah Warner. In an age in which dramatic representation of violence has become an issue of enormous controversy, Titus Andronicus is the essential play; BateÂ's seminal edition indicates just how far, with this early work, the young Shakespeare has already travelled towards the masterpiece of his maturity, King Lear. 'Â…a great edition of a great play' Julie Taymor, Director TITUS, 20th Century Fox, 1999 "Bate makes a really positive virtue of his treatment of the play in performance...putting a vigorous account of Titus on stage at very stage-centre in his Introduction. Using this section as a means for raising fundamental questions as to the playÂ's style, coherence, and meaning, Bate achieves a remarkable fusion between performance history and criticism." John Jowett, Shakespeare Survey 'Â…impressive and excitingÂ…' Barry Gaines, University of New Mexico, Shakespeare Quarterly 'This is an outstanding edition of Titus, especially for its treatment of textual questions and of recent performance history. It supersedes all previous editions' Dr P Hartle, St Catherines College, Cambridge

Titus Andronicus

Revised Edition


Author: Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350030929

Category: Drama

Page: 376

View: 9944

Titus Andronicus is one of Shakespeare's earliest and bloodiest tragedies and was hugely successful in his lifetime. Subsequent generations have struggled with its bold confrontation of violence but in the 20th and 21st centuries the play has chimed with audiences again, perhaps because of its simultaneously shocking and playful approach to violent revenge and bodily mutilation. Jonathan Bate's original Arden edition was first published in 1995 and has had a significant influence on how the play has been performed and studied in the past 20 years. This revised edition includes a new 10,000 word introductory essay in which Bate reassess his views on the play's co-authorship with George Peele in the light of contemporary textual scholarship and updates his lively account of the play's performance history, on the international stage and screen. With detailed on-page commentary notes this will continue to be the edition of choice for students, scholars and theatre-makers.



Author: William Shakespeare,Cino Chiarini

Publisher: N.A



Page: 182

View: 7420

Shakespeare and Domestic Life

A Dictionary


Author: Sandra Clark

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472581822

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 456

View: 637

This dictionary explores the language of domestic life found in Shakespeare's work and seeks to demonstrate the meanings he attaches to it through his uses of it in particular contexts. "Domestic life" covers a range of topics: the language of the household, clothing, food, family relationships and duties; household practices, the architecture of the home, and all that conditions and governs the life of the home. The dictionary draws on recent cultural materialist research to provide in-depth definitions of the domestic language and life in Shakespeare's works, creating a richly rewarding and informative reference tool for upper level students and scholars.

Civic and Medical Worlds in Early Modern England

Performing Barbery and Surgery


Author: E. Decamp

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137471565

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 277

View: 2525

Through its rich foray into popular literary culture and medical history, this book investigates representations of regular and irregular medical practice in early modern England. Focusing on the prolific figures of the barber, surgeon and barber-surgeon, the author explores what it meant to the early modern population for a group of practitioners to be associated with both the trade guilds and an emerging professional medical world. The book uncovers the differences and cross-pollinations between barbers and surgeons' practices which play out across the literature: we learn not only about their cultural, civic, medical and occupational histories but also about how we should interpret patterns in language, name choice, performance, materiality, acoustics and semiology in the period. The investigations prompt new readings of Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and Beaumont, among others. And with chapters delving into early modern representations of medical instruments, hairiness, bloodletting procedures, waxy or infected ears, wart removals and skeletons, readers will find much of the contribution of this book is in its detail, which brings its subject to life.

Shakespeare's Political and Economic Language


Author: Vivian Thomas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474216080

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 7991

Shakespeare's plays are pervaded by political and economic words and concepts, not only in the histories and tragedies but also in the comedies and romances. The lexicon of political and economic language in Shakespeare does not consist merely of arcane terms whose shifting meanings require exposition, but includes an enormous number of relatively simple words which possess a structural significance in the configuration of meanings. Often operating by such means as puns, they open up a surprising number of possibilities. The dictionary reveals the conceptual nucleus of each term and explores the contexts in which it is embedded. The overlap between the political and economic dimensions of a word in Shakespeare's drama is particularly exciting as he is highly attuned to the interactions of these two spheres of human activity and their centrality in human affairs.

Arden Shakespeare Complete Works


Author: William Shakespeare,Richard Proudfoot,Ann Thompson,David Scott Kastan

Publisher: Cengage Learning EMEA

ISBN: 9781903436615

Category: Drama

Page: 1360

View: 9846

An authoritative, classic edition of Shakespeare's complete works in one paperback volume.

Staging Shakespeare

Essays in Honor of Alan C. Dessen


Author: Lena Cowen Orlin

Publisher: Associated University Presse

ISBN: 9780874139877

Category: Drama

Page: 274

View: 5031

The twelve essays in this volume explore the relationships between Shakespearean pedagogy, performance, and scholarship. The volume consists of four sections, entitled "Acts of Recovery," which includes essays that take an historicist approach to performance concerns: "Performing the Moment," in which the authors describe their experience staging a particular Shakespearean scene in an actual production; "Recordings," or analyses of Shakespearean productions that were preserved on film or audiotape; and "Extensions and Explorations," discussions of adaptations and variations of Shakespeare's plays on stage. Throughout the volume the authors examine the ways in which performance criticism and performance studies illuminate our approaches to those texts. Contributors include Leslie Thomson, Daniel Colvin, Ellen Summers, Eric Binnie, Cary Mazer, Edward Isser, Edward Rocklin, Michael Friedman, Caroline Mc-Manus, Lisa McDonnell, Sheila Cavanaugh, and Lois Potter.


Third Series


Author: William Shakespeare,E.A.J. Honigmann

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1903436451

Category: Drama

Page: 409

View: 1395

Shakespeare's often-performed, powerful tragedy exploring love, jealousy and betrayal.

Locating the Queen's Men, 1583–1603

Material Practices and Conditions of Playing


Author: Dr Andrew Griffin,Dr Helen Ostovich,Dr Holger Schott Syme

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409475239

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 284

View: 5570

Locating the Queen's Men presents new and groundbreaking essays on early modern England's most prominent acting company, from their establishment in 1583 into the 1590s. Offering a far more detailed critical engagement with the plays than is available elsewhere, this volume situates the company in the theatrical and economic context of their time. The essays gathered here focus on four different aspects: playing spaces, repertory, play-types, and performance style, beginning with essays devoted to touring conditions, performances in university towns, London inns and theatres, and the patronage system under Queen Elizabeth. Repertory studies, unique to this volume, consider the elements of the company's distinctive style, and how this style may have influenced, for example, Shakespeare's Henry V. Contributors explore two distinct genres, the morality and the history play, especially focussing on the use of stock characters and on male/female relationships. Revising standard accounts of late Elizabeth theatre history, this collection shows that the Queen's Men, often understood as the last rear-guard of the old theatre, were a vital force that enjoyed continued success in the provinces and in London, representative of the abiding appeal of an older, more ostentatiously theatrical form of drama.