DescriptionThis four-volume Companion to Shakespeare's Works, compiled as a single entity, offers a uniquely comprehensive snapshot of current Shakespeare criticism.
- Brings together new essays from a mixture of younger and more established scholars from around the world - Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
- Examines each of Shakespeare’s plays and major poems, using all the resources of contemporary criticism, from performance studies to feminist, historicist, and textual analysis.
- Volumes are organized in relation to generic categories: namely the histories, the tragedies, the romantic comedies, and the late plays, problem plays and poems.
- Each volume contains individual essays on all texts in the relevant category, as well as more general essays looking at critical issues and approaches more widely relevant to the genre.
- Offers a provocative roadmap to Shakespeare studies at the dawning of the twenty-first century.
This companion to Shakespeare’s tragedies contains original essays on every tragedy from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus as well as thirteen additional essays on such topics as Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies, Shakespeare’s tragedies on film, Shakespeare’s tragedies of love, Hamlet in performance, and tragic emotion in Shakespeare.
Notes on Contributors vii
1 “A rarity most beloved”: Shakespeare and the Idea of Tragedy 4
David Scott Kastan
2 The Tragedies of Shakespeare’s Contemporaries 23
3 Minds in Company: Shakespearean Tragic Emotions 47
4 The Divided Tragic Hero 73
5 Disjointed Times and Half-Remembered Truths in Shakespearean Tragedy 95
6 Reading Shakespeare’s Tragedies of Love: Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and Antony and Cleopatra in Early Modern England 108
7 Hamlet Productions Starring Beale, Hawke, and Darling From the Perspective of Performance History 134
Bernice W. Kliman
8 Text and Tragedy 158
9 Shakespearean Tragedy and Religious Identity 178
Richard C. McCoy
10 Shakespeare’s Roman Tragedies 199
11 Tragedy and Geography 219
12 Classic Film Versions of Shakespeare’s Tragedies: A Mirror for the Times 241
Kenneth S. Rothwell
13 Contemporary Film Versions of the Tragedies 262
Mark Thornton Burnett
14 Titus Andronicus: A Time for Race and Revenge 284
15 “There is no world without Verona walls”: The City in Romeo and Juliet 303
Naomi Conn Liebler
16 “He that thou knowest thine”: Friendship and Service in Hamlet 319
17 Julius Caesar 339
Rebecca W. Bushnell
18 Othello and the Problem of Blackness 357
Kim F. Hall
19 King Lear 375
20 Macbeth, the Present, and the Past 393
21 The Politics of Empathy in Antony and Cleopatra: A View from Below 411
Jyotsna G. Singh
22 Timon of Athens: The Dialectic of Usury, Nihilism, and Art 430
23 Coriolanus and the Politics of Theatrical Pleasure 452
- Contains original essays on every Shakespearean tragedy from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus.
- Includes thirteen additional essays on such topics as Shakespeare's Roman tragedies, Shakespeare's tragedies on film, Shakespeare's tragedies of love, Hamlet in performance, and tragic emotion in Shakespeare.
- Brings together new essays from a diverse, international group of scholars.
- Complements David Scott Kastan's A Companion to Shakespeare (1999), which focused on Shakespeare as an author in his historical context.
- Offers a provocative roadmap to Shakespeare studies.