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Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare - Victor Kiernan

Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare

By: Victor Kiernan, Terry Eagleton (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 15th February 2016
ISBN: 9781783606887
Number Of Pages: 312

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'This book rests on a lifetime's thinking about history. It helps us see Shakespeare in "a more realistic light".'
Times Literary Supplement

The seventeenth century saw the brief flowering of tragic drama across Western Europe. And in the plays of William Shakespeare, this form of drama found its greatest exponent. These Tragedies, Kiernan argues, represented the artistic expression of a new social and political consciousness which permeated every aspect of life in this period.

In this book, Kiernan sets out to rescue the Tragedies from the reductionist interpretations of mainstream literary criticism, by uncovering the wider historical context which shaped Shakespeare's writings.



Opening with an overview of contemporary England, the development of the theatre, and a portrait of Shakespeare as a writer, Kiernan goes on to provide an in-depth analysis of eight of his Tragedies - from Julius Caesar to Coriolanus - drawing out their contrasts and recurring themes, and exploring their attitudes to monarchy, war, religion, philosophy, and changing relations between men and women. Featuring a new introduction by Terry Eagleton, this is an invaluable resource for those looking for a new perspective on Shakespeare's writings.

Industry Reviews

'This book rests on a lifetime's thinking about history. It helps us see Shakespeare in "a more realistic light".'
Times Literary Supplement

'Kiernan writes with passion and precision on the social and economic contexts of Shakespeare's plays.'
Recent Studies in Tudor and Stuart Drama

'[A] splendid Marxist exploration of Shakespeare's work... Victor Kiernan was a historian to rank with Eric Hobsbawm and Christopher Hill. His approach to Shakespeare is based on a deep historical understanding of the contradictions of the period, which makes him deeply sensitive to what the plays reveal.'
International Socialism Journal

Introduction by Terry Eagleton Foreword Part I: Programmatic Part II: Introductory 1. The Condition of England 2. The Theatre 3. Shakespeare and Tragedy 4. The Tragic Road 5. The Others Part III: The Plays 1. Julius Caeser (1598-99) 2. Hamlet (1600-01) 3. Othello (1603-04) 4. King Lear (1605-06) 5. Macbeth (1606) 6. Timon of Athens (1606-08) 7. Anthony and Cleopatra (1606-08) 8. Coriolanus (1608) Part IV: Tragic Themes 1. The Hero 2. Villains and Revengers 3. Man and Superman 4. War 5. Political Shadows 6. Women and Men 7. Religion and Philosophy 8. Endings and Beginnings

ISBN: 9781783606887
ISBN-10: 1783606886
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 15th February 2016
Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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