This Companion to Shakespeare is an indispensable book for students and teachers of Shakespeare, indeed for anyone with an interest in his plays. It offers a remarkably innovative and comprehensive picture of the theatrical, literary, intellectual, and social worlds in which Shakespeare wrote and in which his plays were produced.The newly commissioned essays, written by the most distinguished historians and literary scholars working today (including Ian Archer, David Bevington, Michael Bristol, David Daniell, Richard Dutton, Andrew Gurr, Jean Howard, Roslyn Knutson, and Peter Lake), represent the very best of modern scholarship. Each individual essay stands as an authoritative account of the state of knowledge in its field, and in their totality the essays provide a new and compelling portrait of the historical conditions, both imaginative and institutional, that enabled (and in some cases inhibited) Shakespeare's great art. Including essays on the organization and regulation of Elizabethan playing, on the printing, publication, and circulation of the play-texts, on Shakespeare's reading, on religion and political thought in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England, and on the linguistic and literary environment in which he wrote, the Companion to Shakespeare remarkably allows us to see Shakespeare anew by restoring his artistry to the rich interactions of the historical world in which he worked and flourished.The lucid, engaging, and authoritative essays in this imaginatively conceived collection will definitively change the ways in which we read, see, and perform Shakespeare's plays.
"This collection of 28 essays provides a historical overview of theconditions of Shakespeare's world." Library Journal
"No playgoer, reader, teacher or scholar shouldbe without this elegant and indispensable guide to Shakespeare. Itbrings together the best in recent scholarship on the socialhistory, contemporary reading, and institutions and materialpractices of writing, playing and printing in early modern England.Kastan has assembled a collection of essays with his peers andpresented them with his characteristic intelligence and grace. Thedefinitive Companion to Shakespeare." Karen Newman, BrownUniversity
"A worthy companion indeed - every serious student ofShakespeare should carry this adroitly compiled collection ofspecialist essays on essential background constantly with them.Kastan has brought together a star cast of experts to help us tohear Shakespeare's distinctive voice, with all its historical andintellectual resonances, in a fresh and sharply clarified context."Lisa Jardine, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University ofLondon
"Literally indispensable for anyone interested in Shakespeare."Patricia Parker, University of Stanford
"David Kastan has put together a dazzling collection of essayson Shakespeare. And one doesn't expect to be dazzled by that rathersedate animal, a Companion. This Companion represents thevery best in recent scholarship and is at the same time lively, accessible, and often surprising. It is indeed indispensible."Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania
"Between them these specialist writers have assembled a seriesof essays which represent, for the time being at least, the lastword in Shakespearean scholarship and research. It is difficult tothink of any aspect of the dramatist's life, times and work whichis not covered by this companion."
"This companion can be confidently recommended as a paragon ofShakespearean research." K.C.Harrison, ReferenceReviews
"The publication [...] of the monumental Companion toShakespeare, edited by David Scott Kastan, is a major event andone that should be celebrated for the breadth and depth ofscholarship the book makes available to students." Year's WorkIn English Studies
Part I: Introduction:.
1. Shakespeare and the 'Elements' he lived in: David Scott Kastan.
Part II: Shakespeare I:.
2. Shakespeare the Man: David Bevington.
Part III: Living:.
3. Shakespeare's England: Norman L. Jones.
4. Shakespeare's London: Ian Archer.
5. Religious Identities in Shakespeare's England: Peter Lake.
6. The Family and the Household: Susan Dwyer Amussen.
7. Shakespeare and Political Thought: Martin Dzelzainis.
8. Political Culture: David Harris Sacks.
Part IV: Reading: .
9.'The Great Variety of Readers' and Early Modern Reading Practices: Heidi Brayman Hackel.
10. Reading the Bible: David Daniell.
11. Reading the Classics: Robert L. Miola.
12. Reading History: D. R. Woolf.
13. Reading Vernacular literature: Diana E. Henderson and James Siemon.
Part V: Writing:.
14. Professional Playwrighting: Scott McMillin.
15. Shakespeare's 'Native English': Jonathan Hope.
16. Hearing Shakespeare's Dramatic Verse: George T. Wright.
17. Shakespeare and Rhetorical Culture: Peter G. Platt.
18. Shakespeare and Genre: Jean E. Howard.
Part VI: Playing:.
19. The Economics of Playing: William Ingram.
20. The Chamberlain's-King's Men: S.P. Cerasano.
21 Shakespeare's Repertory: Roslyn L. Knutson.
22. Shakespeare's Playhouses: Andrew Gurr.
23. Licensing and Censorship: Richard Dutton.
Part VII: Printing:.
24. Shakespeare in Print, 1593-1640: Thomas L. Berger and Jesse M. Lander.
25.'Precious Few': English Manuscript Playbooks: William B. Long.
26. The Craft of Printing (1600): Laurie E. Maguire.
27. The London Book-trade in 1600: Mark Bland.
28. Liberty, License and Authority: Press Censorship and Shakespeare: Cyndia Susan Clegg.
Part VIII: Shakespeare II:.
29. Shakespeare: the Myth: Michael D. Bristol.
Series: Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 21st October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.55 x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1