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York Notes Companions : Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama - Hugh Mackay

York Notes Companions

Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama

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Published: 14th June 2010
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The York Notes Companion to Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama brings widely studied plays such as Hamlet, Othello and Dr Faustus to life for students, by considering them from the perspective of contemporary theatre-goers. Placing Shakespeare's masterpieces in the social and historical contexts of the period and examining them alongside the work of his lesser known contemporaries, the Companion provides detailed commentaries on a range of plays, and guides students through key literary theories and debates. Connecting texts with their scholarly and historical contexts, this is essential reading for any student of Renaissance drama.

Each York Notes Companion provides:

  • Analysis of key texts and debates
  • Extended commentaries for further in-depth analysis of individual texts
  • Exploration of historical, social and cultural contexts
  • Annotations clarifying literary terms and events in history
  • Modern theoretical perspectives in practice
  • Timelines and annotated further reading

Hugh Mackay has a PhD in early Jacobean drama from the University of Southampton, where he has taught on a range of undergraduate courses.

Part One: Introduction

Part Two: A Cultural Overview

Part Three: Texts, Writers and Contexts

  • Shakespeare’s comedies of eros: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It

Extended commentary: Twelfth Night

  • Chronicles of virtue – Shakespeare’s history plays: Richard III and Henry IV Part 1

Extended commentary: Henry V

  • Tyranny and terror – Tragedy on the English Stage: Dr Faustus, Othello and Macbeth

Extended commentary: Hamlet

  • Shakespearean tragicomedy: Philaster andAll’s Well that Ends Well Extended commentary: The Tempest

  • Comedies of Humour, Comedies of Pain: Every Man in his Humour and The Fawn

Extended commentary: Volpone

  • Jacobean Revenge drama: Revenger’s Tragedy and Women Beware Women

Extended commentary: The Duchess of Malfi

Part Four: Critical theories and Debates

Madness and Subjectivity

Rhetoric and Performance

Women at the Edge

Nation-building

Part Five: Resources

Timeline

Further reading

Index

ISBN: 9781408204801
ISBN-10: 1408204800
Series: York Notes Companions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 14th June 2010
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 14.9  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1