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Shakespeare and violence

Author: R A Foakes
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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"Shakespeare and Violence connects to current anxieties about the problem of violence, and shows how similar concerns are central in Shakespeare's plays. In the early histories and tragedies he took delight in outdoing Christopher Marlowe and other dramatists in spectacular stage violence for its entertainment value. His later plays on English history led him to consider violence in relation to rule, and in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare; William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R A Foakes
ISBN: 052182043X 9780521820431 0521527430 9780521527439
OCLC Number: 49760623
Description: xiii, 224 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: 'Exterminate all the brutes' --
Shakespeare's culture of violence --
Shakespeare and the display of violence --
Plays and movies: Richard III and Romeo and Juliet --
Shakespeare on war: King John to Henry V --
Violence, Renaissance tragedy, Introduction: 'Exterminate all the brutes' --
Shakespeare's culture of violence --
Shakespeare and the display of violence --
Plays and movies: Richard III and Romeo and Juliet --
Shakespeare on war: King John to Henry V --
Violence, Renaissance tradgedy, and Hamlet --
Central tragedies and violence --
Roman violence and power games --
Violence and the late plays --
Afterword.
Responsibility: R.A. Foakes.
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This 2002 book explores the nature of violence in Shakespeare's plays and its connection to our own time.  Read more...

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