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A Preface to Shakespeare's Tragedies.

Author: Michael Mangan
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
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This book is a study of four of Shakespeare's major tragedies - ""Hamlet"", ""Othello"", ""King Lear"" and ""Macbeth"". It looks at these plays in a variety of contexts - both in isolation and in relation to each other and to the cultural, ideological, social and political contexts which produced them.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mangan, Michael.
A Preface to Shakespeare's Tragedies.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Mangan
ISBN: 9781317880769 1317880765
OCLC Number: 884647797
Description: 1 online resource (434 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Foreword; Dedication; Introduction: 'Soule of the Age!': The historical context of Shakespeare's plays; Part One: Shakespeare's England; 1. Religious and philosophical developments; Protestantism and scientific thought; 2. Government and authority; Elizabeth I (1558-1603); James I (1603-1625); 3. Elizabethan and Jacobean society; Hierarchy and 'degree'; 'The Elizabethan world picture'; 4. 'Words, words, words': Shakespeare's English; Society and language: from script to print; Literacy. Vocabulary and grammarThe limits of language; 5. Plays into print; Printing Shakespeare; The First Folio (1623); Editing Shakespeare; Part Two: Shakespeare and the Theatre of his Time; 6. Elizabethan and Jacobean tragedy; The great age of English tragedy; Definitions of tragedy; The function of tragedy: a Renaissance debate --
Sidney and Greville; Varieties of tragedy; Tragedy and revenge; Tragedy and usurpation; Tragedy and the morality play; 7. Shakespeare's theatre; 'Common players in interludes'; 'The house with the thatched roof': the Globe Theatre c. 1599. 'One English penny': theatres and prices in Shakespeare's LondonThe organization of the Globe Theatre; 8. Plays and audiences; Hamlet in London and the Universities; 'Played at Court'; King Lear and the divided Kingdom; Macbeth and the Scottish crown; Part Three: Critical Analysis: Hamlet (1601) Othello (1604) King Lear (c. 1605) Macbeth (1606); 9. Hamlet; 'Whole Hamlets ... of tragical speeches'; 'The trappings and the suits of woe'; 'Break, my heart, for I must hold my tongue'; 'The purpose of playing'; 'The image of my cause'; 10. Othello; 'Honest lago'; 'The story of my life' 'An old black ram'Death and Venice; 11. King Lear; 'To plainness honour's bound'; 'For which I razed my likeness'; 'The great image of authority'; 'The promised end'; 12. Macbeth; 'Brave Macbeth'; 'My black and deep desires'; 'If 'twere done ... '; 'All that may become a man'; Naturalism and allegory in Macbeth; 'The frame of things disjoint'; 'Men-children only'; Postscript: What lies beyond tragedy?; Part Four: Reference Section; Short biographies; Further reading; Appendix: The theatres of Shakespeare's London; Index.

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This book is a study of four of Shakespeare's major tragedies - ""Hamlet"", ""Othello"", ""King Lear"" and ""Macbeth"". It looks at these plays in a variety of contexts - both in isolation and in relation to each other and to the cultural, ideological, social and political contexts which produced them.

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