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William Shakespeare's Macbeth : A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook - Alexander Leggatt

William Shakespeare's Macbeth

A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook

By: Alexander Leggatt (Editor)

Paperback Published: 13th December 2005
ISBN: 9780415238250
Number Of Pages: 197

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William Shakespearea (TM)s Macbeth is a timeless tale of love, greed and power, which has given rise to heated debates around such issues as the representation of gender roles, political violence and the dramatisation of evil.

Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Shakespearea (TM)s play presents:

  • extensive introductory comment on the contexts, critical history and performance of the text, from publication to present
  • annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews, critical works and the text itself
  • cross-references between documents and sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
  • suggestions for further reading.

Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Macbeth and seeking not only a guide to the play, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Shakespearea (TM)s text.

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Editor's Notep. xii
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Contextual Overviewp. 7
Chronologyp. 12
Sourcep. 15
From Raphael Holinshed, The Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Ireland (1587)p. 15
Contemporary Documentsp. 25
From Newes from Scotland (1591)p. 25
From William Shakespeare, Henry VI Part One (c. 1590)p. 28
From James VI and I, Basilicon Doron (1599)p. 30
From Thomas Dekker, John Ford and William Rowley, The Witch of Edmonton (1621)p. 32
Critical Historyp. 39
Early Critical Receptionp. 44
From Samuel Johnson, Miscellaneous Observations on the Tragedy of 'Macbeth': with Remarks on Sir T.H.'s Edition of Shakespeare (1745)p. 44
From Arthur Murphy, 'Criticism on the Tragedy of Macbeth' (1753)p. 45
From Elizabeth Montagu, An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare (1769)p. 46
From Francis Gentleman, The Dramatic Censor; or, Critical Companion (1770)p. 49
From Thomas De Quincey, 'On the Knocking on the Gate in "Macbeth" '(1823)p. 54
From A. C. Bradley, Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth (1904)p. 54
Modern Criticismp. 58
From L. C. Knights, 'How Many Children Had Lady Macbeth? An Essay in the Theory and Practice of Shakespeare Criticism' (1933)p. 58
From Cleanth Brooks, The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry (1947)p. 61
From John Holloway, The Story of the Night: Studies in Shakespeare's Major Tragedies (1961)p. 65
From Joan Larsen Klein, 'Lady Macbeth: "Infirm of Purpose" '(1980)p. 68
From Jenijoy La Belle, '"A Strange Infirmity": Lady Macbeth's Amenorrhea' (1980)p. 71
From Stephen Booth, King Lear, Macbeth, Indefinition, and Tragedy (1983)p. 74
From Barbara Everett, Young Hamlet: Essays on Shakespeare's Tragedies (1989)p. 75
From Harriett Hawkins, Classics and Trash: Traditions and Taboos in High Literature and Popular Modern Genres (1990)p. 77
From Janet Adelman, Suffocating Mothers: Fantasies of Maternal Origin in Shakespeare's Plays, Hamlet to The Tempest (1992)p. 78
From Stephen Greenblatt, 'Shakespeare Bewitched' (1994)p. 83
From David Scott Kastan, Shakespeare after Theory (1999)p. 86
The Work in Performancep. 89
Introductionp. 89
Performancep. 94
From Simon Forman, The Book of Plays and Notes thereof per Forman for Common Policy (1611)p. 94
From Peter Thomson, Shakespeare's Theatre (1983)p. 96
From Sir William D'Avenant, Macbeth a Tragedy. With all the Alterations, Amendments, Additions and New Songs (1664)p. 100
From David Garrick's adaptation of Macbeth (1744)p. 106
From Kenneth Tynan, Curtains (1961)p. 107
From James Goodwin, Akira Kurosawa and Intertextual Cinema (1994)p. 109
From Kenneth S. Rothwell, A History of Shakespeare on Screen: a Century of Film and Television (1999)p. 111
Marion D. Perret, 'Double, Double: Trevor Nunn's Macbeth for Television' (1992)p. 113
From Sinead Cusack with Carol Rutter, 'Lady Macbeth's Barren Sceptre', in Carol Rutter et al., Clamorous Voices: Shakespeare's Women Today (1989)p. 116
From Derek Jacobi, 'Macbeth', in Robert Smallwood, ed., Players of Shakespeare 4 (1998)p. 119
Key Passages
Introductionp. 123
Summary of the Actionp. 124
The Charactersp. 125
Key Passagesp. 126
Act 1, Scene 1: The witchesp. 126
Act 1, Scene 2: Rebellion and enemy invasion; Macbeth as war herop. 128
Act 1, Scene 3: Macbeth and Banquo encounter the witchesp. 132
Act 1, Scene 5: Lady Macbeth reads Macbeth's letter, and prepares to urge him to murderp. 139
Act 1, Scene 7: Macbeth hesitates; Lady Macbeth breaks his reluctancep. 143
Act 2, Scene 1, lines 33-64; Macbeth sees 'a dagger of the mind'p. 148
Act 2, Scene 2: Macbeth and Lady Macbeth react to the murderp. 150
Act 3, Scene 4: The banquet; Banquo's ghostp. 155
Act 4, Scene 1: The witches' cauldron; the riddling propheciesp. 162
Act 4, Scene 2: Lady Macduff and her sonp. 171
Act 4, Scene 3, lines 139-73: Edward the Confessor and Macbeth: a good king and a tyrantp. 175
Act 5, Scene 1: Lady Macbeth sleepwalksp. 177
Act 5, Scene 5: Macbeth hears of the death of Lady Macbethp. 181
Further Reading
Recommended Editions of Macbethp. 189
Contextsp. 189
The Play in Performancep. 190
Film Versionsp. 191
Criticismp. 191
Indexp. 195
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ISBN: 9780415238250
ISBN-10: 0415238250
Series: Routledge Guides to Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 197
Published: 13th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.07  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1