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Shakespearean Tragedy - A. C. Bradley

Shakespearean Tragedy

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A.C.Bradley's Shakespearean Tragedy, first published in 1904, ranks as one of the greatest works of Shakespearean criticism of all time. In his ten lectures, Bradley has provided a study of the four great tragedies - Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth - which reveals a deep understanding of Shakespearean thought and art

This centenary edition features a new Introduction by Robert Shaughnessy which places Bradley's work in the critical, intellectual and cultural context of its time. Shaughnessy summarises the content and argumentative thrust of the book, outlines the critical debates and counter-arguments that have followed in the wake of its publication and, most importantly, prompts readers to engage with Bradley's work itself.

The introduction is outstanding, everything one could wish it to be. Shaughnessy helps us properly to understand the nature of Bradley's project and his astonishing influence.
-Peter Holland, University of Notre Dame

Introduction to the Fourth editionp. xii
Original Introductionp. xlvii
The Substance of Shakespearean Tragedyp. 1
Construction in Shakespeare's Tragediesp. 27
Shakespeare's Tragic Period - Hamletp. 56
Hamletp. 94
Othellop. 130
Othellop. 155
King Learp. 182
King Learp. 211
Macbethp. 252
Macbethp. 280
Events before the opening of the action in Hamletp. 308
Where was Hamlet at the time of his father's death?p. 310
Hamlet's agep. 313
'My tables - meet it is I set it downp. 316
The Ghost in the cellaragep. 319
The Player's speech In Hamletp. 320
Hamlet's apology to Laertesp. 326
The exchange of rapiersp. 328
The duration of the action in Othellop. 329
The 'additions' to Othello in the First Folio. The Pontic Seap. 335
Othello's courtshipp. 338
Othello in the Temptation scenep. 340
Questions as to Othello, IV.ip. 341
Two passages in the last scene of Othellop. 343
Othello on Desdemona's last wordsp. 344
Did Emilia suspect Iago?p. 345
Iago's suspicion regarding Cassio and Emiliap. 347
Reminiscences of Othello in King Learp. 347
King Lear and Timon of Athensp. 349
Did Shakespeare shorten King Lear?p. 351
Movements of the dramatis personae King Lear, IIp. 354
Suspected interpolations in King Learp. 356
The staging of the scene of Lear's reunion with Cordeliap. 359
The Battle in King Learp. 362
Some difficult passages in King Learp. 364
Suspected interpolations in MacBethp. 372
Has Macbeth been abridged?p. 373
The date of Macbeth. Metrical Testsp. 376
When was the murder of Duncan first plotted?p. 386
Did Lady Macbeth really faint?p. 390
Duration of the action in Macbeth, Macbeth's age. 'He has no childrenp. 392
The Ghost of Banquop. 398
Notesp. 400
Indexp. 410
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ISBN: 9780230001893
ISBN-10: 0230001890
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 414
Published: 1st January 2007
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.0  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 4
Edition Type: Annotated