Shakespeare The Basics, Second Edition.

The way in which Shakespeare’s plays are studied has undergone considerable change in recent years. The new edition of this bestselling guide, aimed quarely at the student new to Shakespeare, is based on the exciting new approaches shaping Shakespeare studies. This volume provides a thorough general introduction to the plays and a refreshingly clear guide to:

  • Shakespeare’s language
  • The plays as performance texts
  • The cultural and political contexts of the plays
  • Early modern theatre practice
  • New understandings of the major genres


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