9780205652167

The Necessary Shakespeare

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205652167

  • ISBN10:

    0205652166

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/25/2008
  • Publisher: Longman
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Summary

"This volume comprises not only twenty-one of Shakespeare's plays but also all of the sonnets, accompanied by a comprehensive General Introduction that addresses questions of context, language, and critical reception, and appendices that explore dates and alternate texts, sources, Shakespeare in performance, and a new guide to current films."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography

David Bevington is an American literary scholar. He is Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus. He taught drama at the University of Chicago, focusing on Shakespeare and his contemporaries (Jonson, Marlowe, Webster, Middleton, Dekker, etc.), as well as medieval drama and then the entire sweep of Western drama from Aeschylus and Sophocles down to Caryl Churchill and Tom Stoppard. In addition to courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance drama, and medieval drama, he co-taught in Theater and Performance Studies ((variously with Heidi Coleman, Director of University Theater, John Muse, English  Department, and Drew Dir, resident dramaturg at Court Theatre) a two-quarter sequence called The History and Theory of Drama from the 5th century B.C. down to the present day. "One of the most learned and devoted of Shakespeareans," so called by Harold Bloom, he specializes in British drama of the Renaissance, and has edited and introduced the complete works of William Shakespeare in both the 29-volume, Bantam Classics paperback editions and the single-volume Longman edition. He also edits the Norton Anthology of Renaissance Drama and an important anthology of Medieval English Drama. Bevington's editorial scholarship is so extensive that Richard Strier, an early modern colleague at the University of Chicago, was moved to comment: "Every time I turn around, he has edited a new Renaissance text. Bevington has endless energy for editorial projects." In addition to his work as an editor, he has published studies of Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and the Stuart Court Masque, among others, though it is for his work as an editor that he is primarily known.

 

Table of Contents

General Introduction
Life in Shakespeare's England
The Drama Before Shakespeare
London Theatres and Dramatic Companies
Shakespeare's Life and Work
Shakespeare's Language: His Development as Poet and Dramatist
Editions and Editors of Shakespeare
Shakespeare Criticism
Comedies
The Taming of the Shrew
A Midsummer Night's Dream
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
As You Like It
Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will
Measure for Measure
Troilus and Cressida
Histories
The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
The First Part of King Henry the Fourth
The Life of King Henry the Fifth
Tragedies
Romeo and Juliet
Julius Caesar
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
Othello, the Moor of Venice
King Lear
Macbeth
Antonyand Cleopatra
Romances
The Winter's Tale
The Tempest
Poems
Sonnets
Canon, Dates, and Early Texts
Sources
Shakespeare in Performance
Films and Videos as a Guide to the Study of Shakespeare
The Royal Genealogy of England
Maps
Bibliography
Textual Notes
Glossary of Shakespearean Words
Index
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