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The second edition of this best-selling guide demystifies Shakespeare’s plays
and brings critical ideas within a beginner’s grasp. The text provides a
thorough general introduction to the plays, based on the exciting new
approaches shaping the field of Shakespeare studies.
Demonstrating how interpretations of Shakespeare are linked to cultural and
political contexts, and providing readings of the most frequently studied plays
in the light of contemporary critical thought, Shakespeare: The Basics
explores: 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.
Fully updated to include discussion of criticism and performance in the last
five years, a new chapter on Shakespeare on film, and a broader critical
approach, this book is the essential resource for all students of Shakespeare.