Description : William Shakespeare is perhaps the most frequently quoted author of the English-speaking world. His plays, in turn, "quote" a wide variety of sources, from books and ballads to persons and events. In this dynamic study of Shakespeare's plays, Douglas Bruster demonstrates that such borrowing can illuminate the world in which Shakespeare and his contemporary playwrights lived and worked, while also shedding light on later cultures that quote his plays. In contrast to the New Historicism's sometimes arbitrary linkage of literary works with elements drawn from the surrounding culture, Quoting Shakespeare focuses on the resources that writers used in making their works. Bruster shows how this borrowing can give us valuable insight into the cultural, historical, and political positions of writers and their works. Because Shakespeare's plays have often been quoted by other writers, this study also examines what subsequent uses of Shakespeare's plays reveal about the writers and cultures that use them. In this way, Quoting Shakespeare insists that literary production and reception are both integral to a historical approach to literature.
Description : This volume provides a comprehensive survey of the English Bibles of Shakespeare's day, notes their similarities and differences, and indicates which version the playwright knew best. The biblical references in each of Shakespeare's plays are then carefully analyzed, as are Shakespeare's references to the Prayer Book and the homilies. The thorny question of what constitutes a valid biblical reference is also discussed.
Description : This is an informative and interesting guide to the comedies of love - The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like it and Twelfth Night - which were written in the early part of Shakespeare's career. As well as supplying dramatic and critical analysis, this study sets the plays within their wider social and artistic context. Michael Mangan begins by considering the social function of laughter, the use of humour in drama for handling social tensions in Elizabethan and Jacobean society and the resulting expectations the audience would have had about comedy in the theatre. In the second section he discusses the individual plays in the light of recent critical and theoretical research. The useful reference section at the end gives the reader a short bibliographic guide to key historical figures relevant to a study of Shakespeare's comedies and a detailed critical bibliography.
Description : A Midsummer Night S Dream Is Acclaimed As The Best Of The Early Comedies Of Shakespeare. It Brings Together The Elements Of Romance, Supernatural Forces And Earthy Common Sense In An Unprecedented Blend Of Magical Harmony. The Present Study Aims At Making The Text More Accessible To The Serious Student Of Shakespeare. Besides Providing The Socio-Political Milieu Of Shakespeare S Time, It Gives A Scene-Wise Critical Summary Of The Text. It Contains Numerous Citations From The Text, Thus Providing Ample Opportunity For The Reader To Familiarise Himself With The Text. The Analyses Of Different Elements Of Drama Are Accompanied With The Views Of Renowned Critics. Classical Theories Of Comedy As Well As Elizabethan Comments Have Been Lucidly And Briefly Explained. A Select Bibliography And Index Have Been Provided At The End. The Book Is Highly Readable, Self-Contained And Comprehensive. It Will Undoubtedly Prove An Invaluable Reference Book For Both Students And Teachers Of English Literature.