George, David 2008 0-7734-4984-1 144 pages Examines Coriolanus, the last of Shakespeare’s Roman plays, by providing insight into the play’s adapters, their adaptations, and the critical reaction that each received in their time.
Longstaffe, Stephen 2002 0-7734-7118-9 316 pages Essential to an understanding of the politics of the history play in the 1590s through its presentation of the original `peasants' revolt' of 1381. This first-ever annotated edition in English will help to broaden the debates around the politics of the drama at the end of Elizabeth's reign, combining a synthesis of previous scholarship and criticism with the fruits of new research. It offers a lightly modernized and corrected edition of the text and of the play's history, it features a long critical discussion placing the play in its intellectual and critical context. Extensive selections from the two major chronicle sources, Holinshed's and Grafton's Chronicles, and the relevant sections of two other texts often associated with the play, Nelson's Lord Mayor's Pageant of 1590 and Richard Johnson's 1592 Worthies of London.
Rice, Paul F. 1996 0-7734-8865-0 232 pages John Abraham Fisher (1744-1806) was one of the most important English musicians and composers of his generation. The range of his compositional activities demonstrates the diversity of his interests. In addition to playing in theatres, he performed his own works at the pleasure gardens at Vauxhall and Marylebone, and also composed cantatas, anthems, an oratorio, symphonies, and chamber music. The present volume gives evidence of his contributions to the musical life of not only the Covent Garden theatre, but British musical life in general.
Hawes, Jane 1994 0-7734-9092-2 156 pages This work analyzes how Verdi produced what is not only a monumental piece of music, but a remarkably effective and faithful adaptation. It examines how Verdi (and his librettist, Arrigo Boito) translated from speech to music and discusses what is required generally for a good adaptation. The study is primarily musical, though it examines literary matters as well. It examines principal characters and their relationships, the arias, the structure, and differences and similarities between Verdi and his source, Shakespeare.
Tamaya, Meera 2001 0-7734-7622-9 108 pages Monograph re-examines the role of emotion in Hamlet in the light of recent developments in cognitive science. The examination of the emotion-cognition fugue in Hamlet, with a particular emphasis on the prince’s emotional responses to physical and material phenomena, stresses the experiential aspects of ideology, and scrutinizes the ways in which the fugue illuminates the complex variations in the processing of ideology. This focus also positions the play in the ongoing social drama in which Elizabethan theatre, along with ceremony, ritual, carnival and other discourses of power, played a vital role.
Grizans, Mary Ann 1997 3-7052-0134-4 200 pages Explores diseased and mortified bodies in English Renaissance plays usually critically dismissed as gratuitous, decadent, or sensationalistic, and considers the signifying capability of these bodies within the plays, to account for the plays' 'horrific' qualities. Offers psychoanalytic reading of the madness, ghosts, death and violence.
Dureau, Yona 2009 0-7734-4818-7 408 pages Demonstrates not only how the general situation in Europe, particularly in the Elizabethan government, offered a favorable context for the development of Christian Cabbalah in England, but how the movement informed the work of Shakespeare.
It is unique to existing texts in that it stresses the importance of the Christian Cabbalah by singling it out as a distinctive intellectual movement, rather than unite it with other philosophical trends such as Neo-platonism, Jewish Cabbalah, or Rosecrucian theory. This book contains nine black and white photographs.
Kiss, Attila 2011 0-7734-1476-2 236 pages Manuscript focuses on the affinity between the early modern (or protomodern) and the postmodern. The methodology is grounded in the interpretive procedures of semiography, which recontextualizes the findings of iconological research in the new theoretical framework of the postsemiotics of the subject and the poststructuralist theories of signification and mediality.
Cardullo, Bert 2006 0-7734-5565-5 380 pages Focuses on a literary figure – Shakespeare’s Falstaff – who seems to have taken on a life independent of the plays in which he first appeared: Henry IV, Part One (ca. 1596), Henry IV, Part Two (ca. 1599), and The Merry Wives of Windsor (ca. 1597-1601). Since that time, Falstaff has appeared in numerous other plays, novels, poems, paintings, musical pieces, and films. The high points in Falstaff’s “career,” included in this collection, are by two major artistic figures from the 20th century: Fernand Crommelynck (1886-1970), whose The Knight of the Moon, or Sir John Falstaff is adapted from the two parts of Henry IV, with some additions from The Merry Wives of Windsor; and Orson Welles (1915-1985), whose play Chimes at Midnight (1960) prepared the way for his 1966 film by the same title and was itself preceded by another stage version by Welles, Five Kings (1938). Each of the two Falstaff plays in this volume is preceded by a preface, and the anthology as a whole is framed by an historical introduction and a comprehensive critical, as well as creative, bibliography.
West, Gilian 1998 0-7734-8495-7 248 pages Demonstrates that Shakespeare uses semantic puns as a device of style, like metre or imagery, for various dramatic purposes and to a far greater extent than has been recognised, in tragedy as in comedy. It persuades the reader to examine the contribution punning makes to the pleasure and emotional effect of the plays.
McCarthy, Penny 2015 1-4955-0303-8 360 pages A new interpretation that challenges widely accepted beliefs about Shakespeare’s Sonnets. The cast of characters increase as this study advances the procreation theme. The author deems it essential to our understanding of the Sonnets to try to re-imagine the situations behind the poems and explores the plausibility and potential of a ‘realist’ approach, while maintaining scholarly skepticism where appropriate, in order to advance the autobiographical “plot” behind the Sonnets.
Horne, Philip 1996 0-7734-8749-2 224 pages Epizia is a stage adaptation of Ecatommiti, VIII.5, Giraldi's tale of an errant Governor of Innsbruck, who gets the virginal heroine to his bed with a false offer of marriage and an equally false promise to let her imprisoned brother out of jail. He is sentenced to death by the Emperor for abusing his authority, but the magnanimous intercession of the peerless Epizia saves him from this fate and brings about the happy ending. The play will be of particular interest to students of English literature because of Shakespeare's elaboration of the Epizia story in Measure for Measure.
Görtschacher, Wolfgang 1996 3-7052-0090-9 84 pages Review of essays by noted scholars of this genre. Titles include-
Synonymic Bodies: The Audiences in Measure for Measure (Daniel R. Bender)
"Hear Me Good Friends": Re-Writing the Play in Romeo and Juliet and Antony and Cleopatra (Michael J. Collins)
The Star-Crossed Lovers: A Reading of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (A. M. Phaghis)
Chapman and Marlowe's Hero and Leander: A Formalist Match (Don McDermott)
"The Fort of Chastity" : Feminine Identity in Some English Renaissance History Plays (Elias Mustafa Khalaf)
Gender as Polemic (Alex Barnes)
Brinkman, Ashley 2010 0-7734-3728-2 228 pages This volume brings together detailed reviews of forty scholarly books published between 2003 and 2008. The books reviewed cover a range of topics from Shakespeare in performance to textual criticism, as well as editions of Shakespeare’s and his contemporaries’ plays and poetry.
Courtney, Krystyna Kujawinska 2003 0-7734-6679-7 280 pages These essays show how Shakespeare as a cultural commodity was imported, appropriated, and exploited in countries around the world in the 19th century. The studies cover not only Great Britain, the USA, and Germany, but also Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan. Essays are grouped by the type of appropriation they emphasize: translations and adaptations, performances and theater, scholarship and criticism, or inspirations for visual arts and creative writing. With illustrations.
Conkie, Rob 2006 0-7734-5724-0 296 pages Analyzes performances at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London between 1996 and 2004 through a focus on the new Globe’s most defining characteristic: authenticity. In that this concept of authenticity reverberates so urgently with debates about identity – from national to personal, heritage-centered to technologically-mediated – the book addresses both the question of why authenticity has become so crucial in late twentieth and early twenty-first century Britain and it further considers what productions of the ‘authentic Shakespeare’ at the new Globe have to say about contemporary identities.
Klein, Holger 1997 0-7734-8502-3 524 pages Part of a multi-volume series of yearbooks covering works by Shakespeare. This volume deals with film versions of "Hamlet", including topics such as Hamlet's ghost on the screen, Kenneth Branagh's interpolations in "Hamlet", Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" and Hamlet as a woman. Topics raised include comic uses of the tragedy, the portrayl of "Hamlet"'s ghost on screen and the poetic and dramatic uses of cookery in Shakespeare's plays.
Hoff, Linda Kay 1989 0-88946-145-7 308 pages Based on research into apocalyptic and Mariological imagery in Hamlet, the work offers a comprehensive solution to Hamlet's perennial problems. The study includes an examination of the textual history and various biblical translations and word comparisons. The guide aims to convince through historical analysis that standard readings of "Hamlet" have missed a theological superstructure running throughout the play.
White, Robert S. 1996 0-7734-8917-7 252 pages In one volume, a generous selection of the Shakespearean criticism of William Hazlitt, a critic who is emerging as one of the three greatest Romantic critics, together with Coleridge and Schlegel. The selection has been culled from Hazlitt's Works in 21 volumes. It contains the best of his Characters of Shakespear's Plays, a collection of the more general comments on Shakespeare which pepper Hazlitt's essays, and selection of reviews of Kean's performances of Shakespearean characters. A lengthy introduction locates Hazlitt's criticism as embedded in his political views and his lost vocation as painter. Hazlitt's political radicalism is nowhere more apparent than in his comments on Shakespeare's kings and Coriolanus, but it is generally prevalent in everything he writes. These attitudes were expressed in opposition to Tory literary critics, the government, and other writers, and Hazlitt's views provide a vital counterpart to the generally conservative criticism of Coleridge. The volume is thoroughly annotated and has a comprehensive bibliography. It will be invaluable for both scholars and students.
Sugarman, Sally 2016 1-4955-0490-5 272 pages Examines children’s books about Shakespeare, his time and his characters in the light of changing ideas about childhood as well as changes in the experiences of the children who read the various versions of Shakespeare available to them in adaptations, fiction and non-fiction.
Snare, Gerald 2023 1-4955-1147-2 220 pages "It is almost a rule of logic that anyone who doesn't need helpful directions should never consult a how-to book like this one. The subject here is not 'introduction to Shakespeare,' for which there is scarcely any need since there are plenty of them, and very good ones, too. This particular 'how-to' is also not to be taken as an academic book. ...It is, however, a book on ...the problem of reading. Here I have narrowed that wide issue to one particular kind of reading--the drama--and to one particular writer, William Shakespeare, the dramatist taken to be the most famous in the world, and who seems to present certain problems for those who want to read his work." -Gerald Snare (Preface)
Fleischer, Martha Hester 1974 0-7734-0583-6 365 pages Investigates the emblematic significance of the stage imagery of the popular English history play in the age of Shakespeare. Demonstrates that these plays convey significance by means of visual conventions and commonplaces, and that the nonverbal images so employed actually constitute a visual vocabulary current at least in this dramatic genre.
Merrix, Robert P. 1992 0-88946-079-5 312 pages A comprehensive volume of essays covering the varying ideological approaches to Shakespeare's works. Essays focuses on the topics ideology, censorship and theory as academic practice. Other themes present include the Renaissance and teaching Shakespeare to students.
Walsh, Jaquelyn W. 2000 0-7734-7722-5 268 pages Many modern commentators discuss the critical doctrines that influenced the alterations of Shakespeare during the Restoration. This work scrutinizes the plays in depth regarding the adapters’ own critical beliefs as shown in their criticism and as manifested in their other plays. It focuses on four adapters: John Dennis, Charles Gildon, William Burnaby, and George Granville. It examines their original plays in tandem with their adaptations to examine their adherence to critical theory. Plays mainly discussed are Measure for Measure; Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Jordan-Finnegan, Ryder 2006 0-7734-5753-4 288 pages This study examines two primary plays: After the Fall by Arthur Miller and The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare, using a Jungian Analytical Psychological approach. By focusing on certain components of Jung’s theories of individuation, the development of personality, and the power of evil, the study provides evidence that the two main characters, Quentin and Hamlet, respectively, come to a place of moral differentiation.
This book emphasizes the components of the human condition and provides examples from the dramatic works of Shakespeare and Miller as evidence of the possibilities available to humanity. Significantly, the use of Jung’s ideas on individuation with Miller’s plays bring to the world of literary scholarship a contribution of understanding the work that Miller was doing and how vitally important his plays are to humanity as a touchstone of human development. The analytical bridge created between Jung and Shakespeare represents a clear statement of the importance of original and pioneering scholarship between two writers who seemingly have no reason to be connected.
This study will appeal to scholars in Renaissance and modern literary studies, as well as those interested in psychology and religion. The work provides a look into realms of literature, psychology, philosophy, and religion, which not only points to the theoretical analysis provided in scholarship but also to the more serious and eternal questions concerning evil and personality.
Jones, Thomas O. 2013 0-7734-4549-8 1064 pages These two volumes are the first extensive study of the influence of Marsilio Ficino on major English poets. Ficino lived in Florence, Italy from 1433 to 1499. He introduced Plato to the Renaissance by his translations of the philosopher’s complete works with detailed commentary. He wrote important works on astrology, a multi-volume work on Platonic Theology, and hundreds of brilliant public letters on a variety of subjects.
Schneider, Ben Ross Jr. 2015 0-7734-4261-8 260 pages A unique examination of Shakespeare’s different plays to prove the relevance of stoic philosophy, in the themes, ideas, and images that play out in his body of work. Contemporary interpreters of Shakespeare have ignored these primary philosophical sources of Renaissance thought that influenced the fundamental moral principles and thinking of his time.
Momose, Izumi 2006 0-7734-5680-5 200 pages This study on how the Noh tradition in Japan has influenced Shakespearean performances around the world is based on two world-renowned works: Ernest Fenollosa's excellent translation of chief Noh works and Benjamin Britten's masterpiece operatic work, "Curlew River", remaking another masterpiece Noh play. These works attached some crucial effects upon Shakespearean performance, so much so that another memorable dimension has been added, which is theatrum mundi or the theatre of the world.
Brooks, Douglas A. 2010 0-7734-3666-9 576 pages This volume of the Shakespeare Yearbook brings together articles centered around the intersections between Lacanian Theory and the literary production of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
Morris, Thomas F. 2022 1-4955-0987-7 448 pages Dr. Morris discusses the idea that our lives may be shaped by forces beyond our control and reckoning. He uses Shakespeare's Hamlet as a reference point to other philosophers and theologians on this complex issue.
Milward, Peter 1990 0-88946-116-3 156 pages This collection of essays covers such topics as: Shakespeare's medieval inheritance; the Homiletic tradition in Hamlet; and a theology of grace in the Winter's Tale.
Truax, Elizabeth 1992 0-7734-9434-0 312 pages Images of metamorphosis characterize Shakespeare's drama on every level. Once the image is established by simile, metaphor, or direct allusion, it is then transformed into the stuff of theatre. The images are charged with tension, excitement, and sometimes humor. This is a fresh approach to Shakespeare's use of metamorphosis, using The Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, A Winter's Tale, and others to demonstrate transformations on several levels. With twenty-five pages of illustrations.
Chu, Hsiang-chun 2008 0-7734-5061-0 260 pages Explores the theatrical self-reflexivity in early modern drama in terms of themetatheatrical critical perspective advocated by Lionel Abel, James L. Calderwood, Richard Hornby, and Judd D. Hubert, to name just a few. Some early modern dramatic works display unflagging excavation and disclosure of the dramatic art itself. Their self-conscious exploration of the nature and function of dramatic art gives us a chance to reconsider the dramatic medium.
Pyle, Sandra J. 1997 0-7734-8480-9 284 pages Demonstrates though textual analysis of seven dramas Shakespeare's adaptation of a medieval character type - the holy fool. Fundamentally, the holy fool's mission is to promote harmony and good will by correcting those personality flaws that impede human community. The identification and development of the holy fool as a viable literary device has led to the discovery of a new motif in Shakespeare's drama - the salvific element of play inherent in the role of holy fool as spiritual physician. They demonstrate how art, particularly drama, proves an indispensable tool for illustrating how personal moral choices impact on a society.
Kimpel, Ben 1987 0-88946-558-4 262 pages Discusses the correspondence of characterizations of human behaviors in Shakespeare's plays to actual human behaviors, a realism that lends the plays significance as examples of empirical moral philosophies.
Fleissner, Robert F. 2001 0-7734-7524-9 244 pages This volume is part of an honorable tradition in the examination of influences on authors in naming characters, choosing titles, setting locale. The book’s coverage is broad: literary names are examined for the Early Modern Period in England; 19th century in America ; and the 20th century America, and some European influences.
Symington, Rodney 2005 0-7734-6014-4 328 pages For the Nazis, Shakespeare was a major cultural icon, whose works belonged to German culture more than to English and were therefore to be exploited for political-propagandistic purposes like those of any other German “classical” writer. Following an overview of the importance of Shakespeare in German culture, this book’s three major sections investigate the controversy over the appropriate translation Shakespeare’s plays to be read and performed, the effect of the new political-cultural climate on Shakespeare-scholarship, and the attempts of the Nazis to “co-ordinate” Shakespeare’s works on the stage for propagandistic ends. This is the first complete study, entirely in English, to present the total picture of Shakespeare’s fortunes in Germany between 1933 and 1945 in the context of Nazi cultural policy.
Fayard, Nicole 2006 0-7734-5891-3 636 pages Provides a comprehensive survey and critical evaluation of Shakespearian production in France from the 1960s to the end of the twentieth century. Through a study of the specifics of a large number of productions, the work theorises the strategies used by each new wave of directors to influence the Shakespearian repertoire and generate new appropriations of Shakespeare’s theatre, from critical interpretations of his plays in the light of the theories of Bertolt Brecht and Jan Kott in the 1960s and the iconoclastic radicalisations of the 1970s to the self-referential post-modern “theatre of images” of the 1980s and 1990s and the playful and radical appropriations of the young directors of the 1990s. This original study makes a significant contribution to the study of Shakespeare’s place in France, surveying forty years of changes and innovations in Shakespearian theatre production. It also opens up a new area of debate within the established field of Shakespearian studies, relocating it in the arena of cultural politics in France. The book contains a valuable database recording new Shakespearian productions in France between 1960 and 1997.
Whissell, Cynthia 2008 0-7734-5188-9 372 pages Offers a psychological investigation of the use of emotive language in Shakespeare’s drama. Focusing on the Roman tragedies, the author applies findings from her Dictionary of Affect in Language, which classified words into categories indicating the sort of emotion that they imply, to the plays to produce a comparison of the dramatic language to the modern English vocabulary.
Jones, Thomas O. 1995 0-7734-9027-2 188 pages Shows how the magical language and occult methods of the Italian Renaissance are the key to understanding the mysteries of the Shakespeare sonnets, both as a cycle and as individual poems. It explores how the influence of Giordano Bruno's Heroic Enthusiasms, Plato's Symposium, Trismegistus' Corpus Hermiticum, emblem books, and Italian "magic" in its various overlapping forms provided the foundation and content of Shakespeare's sonnets.
Yang, Lingui 2010 0-7734-3726-6 556 pages This yearbook volume presents 21 essays by international scholars, including 14 theme essays on Shakespeare and Asia. The theme essays deal with Shakespeare’s imagining of Asia and his images in Asian cultures, and especially his reception in China.
Klein, Holger 1999 0-7734-7937-6 528 pages Two dozen essays explore connections between the English playwright and the country where many of his plays are set. Their topics include Italian romanticism, Hamlet and the troublesome division of the Italian widow, Elizabethan dramatists and Italian books, the Venetian calendar, performance and the traditions of English Petrarchism in Twelfth Night, Machiavellian strategies in the speeches of Elizabeth I and in Henry V, Iachimo's Drug-Damn'd Italy and the problem of British national character in Cymbeline, Ariostan skepticism, an intertextual approach to Commedia dell'Arte, Italianate cynicism and the collapse of chivalry in Troilus and Cressida, the translation of culture and empire, and time and control in The Tempest. Reviews consider Melchiori's new edition of King Edward III, and works by David Skeele and Peter Holland.
This interdisciplinary Shakespeare yearbook is offered in four parts and covers reception, appropriation, translation including Shakespeare in Italian Romanticism, sources and cultures, representation and misrepresentation and intertextuality plus reviews.
Mitchell, Charles 2004 0-7734-6553-7 172 pages Demonstrates how Shakespeare utilized a strategy of manipulating the language and conventions of public execution in his plays. Paying special attention to the poetics of hangings at Tyburn, the most dominant place of execution, Shakespeare’s subversion of this well-known (and uneasy) discourse between the public and the state is illuminated by close readings of The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Measure for Measure, and The Tempest. It uses audience-reception theory and new historicism, as well as non-dramatic texts (popular literature and ballads) to demonstrate the knowledge and experiences of execution that the audiences of Shakespeare’s time took with them to the theatre. With illustrations.
Mitchell, Charles 2004 1-4955-0928-1 172 pages Demonstrates how Shakespeare utilized a strategy of manipulating the language and conventions of public execution in his plays. Paying special attention to the poetics of hangings at Tyburn, the most dominant place of execution, Shakespeare’s subversion of this well-known (and uneasy) discourse between the public and the state is illuminated by close readings of The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Measure for Measure, and The Tempest. It uses audience-reception theory and new historicism, as well as non-dramatic texts (popular literature and ballads) to demonstrate the knowledge and experiences of execution that the audiences of Shakespeare’s time took with them to the theatre. With illustrations.
Klein, Holger 2002 0-7734-6981-8 560 pages The picture of Spanish Shakespeare has been greatly conditioned by the culture in which he was misappropriated in particular forms. Shakespeare's reception has been a process of acculturation which includes assimilation, cultural fusion, and a new synthesis in cultural elements. Culture has become a clue to understanding the rise and growth of Shakespeare in Spain where he represented a literary otherness which threatned the essence of Spanish culture, as he "merely continues to signify Englishness".
Batson, E. Beatrice 1994 0-7734-9425-1 200 pages Eight essays by prominent Shakespeare scholars explore ways in which the Christian tradition intersects Shakespearean drama. Recognizing that post-modern methods of criticism pose new questions, the first essayist raises some of these knotty questions, urges that such questions not be ignored, and challenges scholars to explore thoughtfully their implications in the studying and teaching of Shakespeare. Subsequent contributors offer a wide range of responses. Some examine particular post-modern methods, scrutinize ways in which they may enlarge understanding, or in other instances, dim illumination of dramas, while others insist that a sense of history is essential in a scholarly examination of Shakespearean drama. Some clearly demonstrate how the Christian tradition may be studied and taught in the classroom.
Brooks, Douglas A. 2005 0-7734-6005-5 478 pages Like most European nations, the Low Countries - a geographical term referring jointly to the present-day Netherlands and to Flanders, the Dutch-speaking provinces of Belgium - are significant to our efforts to read Shakespeare and English Renaissance drama in at least two distinct ways. They played an active role in the cultural context that generated his plays, and have since become recipients of the culture that they themselves helped to produce; they are, in quite a number of respects, the subject of Shakespeare's poetry and plays, and have since the early seventeenth century, like so many other countries worldwide, made Shakespeare the object of their veneration. The seventeen essays dedicated to this issue's theme explore the multiplex intersections between Shakespeare and the Dutch from a range of perspectives, including book history, source studies, gender studies, art history, legal history, reception history, and performance history. This is the first book-length treatment of the subject in English.
Fleissner, Robert F. 1992 0-7734-9622-X 309 pages Deals with the identification of Love's Labour's Won, a play long "missing" from the Shakespeare canon; the Master W.H. controversy; and the issue of the crux of cruxes, that in Henry V.
Klein, Holger 2000 0-7734-7586-9 536 pages The Shakespeare Yearbook is an annual dealing with all aspects of Shakespeare and his period, with particular emphases on theatre-oriented, comparative, and interdisciplinary studies. Concerning the visual arts in relation to Shakespeare, there is still a good deal to be newly discovered and added to the store of knowledge and insight, so that a collection of papers can strike a balance between discovery, vision, and revision.
Brooks, Douglas A. 2007 0-7734-5421-7 568 pages This volume of the Shakespeare Yearbook has brought together a number of outstanding articles from an international group of scholars united around the topic of the Shakespearean Apocrypha. The articles are followed by a series of book reviews on recent Shakespeare scholarship and notes on the contributors
Anzai, Tetsuo 1998 0-7734-8214-8 340 pages Essays covers topics such as early Shakespeare scholarship in Japan, the Shakespeare Society of Japan amd memories of 40 years' teaching Shakespeare in Japan.
Graham, Arthur 1997 0-7734-8515-5 232 pages A unique work in the study of music and literature. The reader is introduced to music from several centuries and to five of the most popular plays in great detail (Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream). Other plays are discussed (1 & 2 Henry IV, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice). The book treats opera, ballet, symphonic music, song, incidental music, Shakespeare's use of music and his use of music as metaphor. It contains no musical notation and assumes no previous knowledge of music or of Shakespeare. Suggested CD and video recordings are listed and keyed by page number to examples in the book. Contrasting the musical works with the plays is an unusual and successful teaching technique, offering insights in to the plays that are not available through the study of the plays alone. (As with all Mellen books, this work is available at a special price when ordered for text use. For text ordering information, call (716) 754-2788.)
Tollini, Frederick Paul 2005 0-7734-6231-7 296 pages This study's intellectual center of gravity is Reinhardt's experimental early work in Wilhelm and Berlin, culminating in the 1913/14 Deutsches' Theater Shakespeare Cycle, but touching as well on large-scale postwar productions at the Grossess Schauspielhaus. More than a half-century after his death, Max Reinhardt (1873-1943) and the once vibrant theater associated with his name remain only a vague and distant memory. In America he is remembered chiefly for large-scale spectacular productions, for Everyman because of its continued association with the Salzburg Festival, and for the memorable 1935 Midsummer Night's Dream film, one of Hollywood's costliest productions up to that time. Other significant aspects of Reinhardt's distinguished career, such as his fascination and lifelong experimentation with all manner of theatrical styles, emerging stage technologies, acting techniques, and theatrical venues have by now mostly been forgouen. In Europe, where memory runs deeper, Reinhardt's genius and achievements are still periodically celebrated.
Washington, Ida 2006 0-7734-5879-4 236 pages Otto Ludwig is known in Germany as the father of psychological realism for his narrative prose. He wished to write great dramas, and undertook a detailed study of Shakespeare’s plays to achieve this ambition. The notebooks in which he kept his analyses and observations were published in German after his death but are practically unknown to Shakespeare scholars in England and America. This translation makes them available for the first time.
Brooks, Douglas A. 2004 0-7734-6252-X 316 pages This volume of the Shakespeare Yearbook has brought together a number of outstanding articles from an international group of scholars united around the topic of the Shakespearean Heroine. The articles are followed by a series of book reviews on recent Shakespeare scholarship and notes on the contributors.
Rogal, Samuel J. 2019 1-4955-0784-X 264 pages This volume considers the English church during Shakespeare's lifetime. It covers the major figures of the period and the effect on Shakespeare's work. Includes Five black and white photos.
Gilbert, Anthony J. 1997 0-7734-8632-1 300 pages Shows how Shakespeare exploits the social conventions of speech to dramatic effect. Since Shakespeare's plays are written texts designed to be heard rather than read, it follows that pragmatic models of conversational practice are likely to be relevant in any discussion of his linguistic usage. Conversational analysis, and the Gricean maxims prove the most useful modes for analysis. The function of the Politeness Principle in dramatic speech, and the varying strategies of topic control are also explored as important dimensions of dramatic exchanges. In the light of the pragmatic models chosen, the study examines a range of typical contexts and activities in Shakespeare's plays: his exploitation of questions, commands and requests in confrontation, the strategies for control and direction in public debate at court, techniques of argument and persuasion, and lastly, the problems of interpretation raised by self-talk in soliloquies.
Chopoidalo, Cindy 2014 0-7734-4309-6 76 pages This monograph is a fresh investigation of both the sources for and adaptations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Dr. Chopoidalo notes that Shakespeare adapted many of his works from existing historical or literary sources, in this case, Saxo Grammaticus’legendary Amleth in Historiae Danicae, Bellforest’s Histoires Tragiques, and Seneca with the subsequent Elizabethan and Jocabean revenge dramas, the first of these being Thomas Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy.
Willson, Robert F. Jr. 1990 0-88946-699-8 152 pages Discusses the scenic form of the tragic closes of Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus, with particular emphasis on the way in which these finales recall the plays' opening scenes.
Sokolova, Boika Dimitrova 1992 0-7734-9475-8 168 pages Examines Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest as interrogative texts, throwing light not only on elements of their complex structure but on some of the pressures existing in Jacobean ideology. It is a fresh politicized reading of the texts, analyzing the multiple dramatic strategies which create angles of vision, revealing deficiencies in the nature of authority, the role of the king as father, husband and ruler, and the function of the aristocratic woman as restorer of harmony. Also discusses problems of genre and dramatic strategies.
Wright, Katherine 1997 0-7734-2284-6 316 pages Romeo and Juliet has enjoyed great popularity on the stage from Shakespeare's time onward, but is not a favorite with literary critics, who view it as an immature study for the greater tragedies that would follow. This study seeks to show that acting, directing, and stage design are acts of interpretation to be judged alongside the readings of literary scholars. It is a study of selected actors in the play's three main roles. The Romeos treated at length are those of Richard Burbage, David Garrick, Spranger Barry, Johnston Forbes-Robertson, and Laurence Olivier. Juliet is examined on the basis of the interpretations by the boy-actor of Shakespeare's day, George Anne Bellamy, Susannah Cibber, Adelaide Neilson, and Peggy Ashcroft. Finally, Mercutio is studied through the interpretations by Henry Woodward, Charles Kemble, John Gielgud, Leo Ciceri, and others. With illustrations.
Honneyman, David 1997 0-7734-8532-5 216 pages This book may well mark a breakthrough in solving the mysteries of Shakespeare's Sonnets. It is a literary detective story which suggests that the lost frame of reference for the Sonnets is to be found in France. The Dark Lady, it appears, was French and the sonnet story took place not in Shakespeare's England but at the Court of Navarre. Moreover, the lady was not Shakespeare's mistress, for he was not the original sonnet poet but an adapter, who turned French sonnets into English. This thesis points to solutions for many problems, including Shakespearean riddles involving the personae of Love's Labours Lost, 'A Lover's Complaint' and even provides convincing identities for Shakespeare's Phoenix and Turtle. The texts of the Sonnets and of Shakespeare's two other 'Navarre' poems are provided together with commentaries and notes. The order of the Sonnets does not require to be altered for this interpretation, however, the text is modernized and includes several new emendations as well as those commonly accepted in modern editions.
Bellis, Clive 2011 0-7734-3663-4 228 pages This collection deals with the works of Shakespeare and Cervantes, with Rabelais as their common predecessor. This work presents the Shakespeare-Cervantes relation not only from a purely textual perspective, as scholars have tended to do, but also from a theatrical perspective, since both shared the condition of playwrights.
Bielmeier, Michael G. 2000 0-7734-7875-2 196 pages Explores the complex existential worlds of Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, and Antony and Cleopatra while using the philosophy , psychology, and metaphysics of Søren Kierkegaard as its critical literary landscape, lending new understanding of their characters, triumphs, ignominies, and their creator.
Muller, Ghislain 2010 0-7734-3602-2 This biography of Shakespeare presents a new perspective on the debate surrounding the real identity of William Shakespeare. Muller suggests that Shakespeare was a crypto-Jew who took care to hide his Jewish origins and that Elizabethan authorities, who were aware of this fact, attempted to eliminate any trace of his Jewish origins by making him an Anglo-Saxon hero. Using official documents that have not been employed by other scholars, Muller brings forth evidence that Shakespeare’s father was a Jew living in an England where Jews had been banned since the time of Edward I and the Act of Expulsion in 1290. Muller demonstrates that Shakespeare was brought up in the Jewish faith and that many of his closest connections were from Jewish circles. In addition, Shakespeare’s coat of arms, his retirement to Stratford, and his last will and testament, are further used as evidence that Shakespeare was a Jew. Anyone interested in the works of William Shakespeare, his life, and his true identity, will enjoy this well researched book. In French.
Fleissner, Robert F. 2003 0-7734-6779-3 204 pages This study presents some major influences on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (especially Shakespeare), but also deals with the influence of Doyle on others, notably T. S. Eliot. Other essays deal with onomastics, religion, and race, with Doyle’s insistence that Shakespeare was the true author of the plays (not Bacon, Marlowe, Edward de Vere, etc), the identity of Mr. W. H., and more.
Cinpoe, Nicoleta 2010 0-7734-3671-5 352 pages This book traces and examines Hamlet in translation, performance and cultural adaptation in Romania. The book transcends national boundaries – linguistic and theatrical – and completes the understanding of Shakespeare and Hamlet in a global context at a time when the page and the stage life of this play has entered a new Renaissance.
Stevenson, Warren 2008 0-7734-5227-3 116 pages This monograph presents for the first time the full case for Shakespeare’s authorship of the Additions to the 1602 quarto of The Spanish Tragedy. It considers the respective “claims” of Jonson and Webster, each of whom has at some time been seriously mentioned in connection with the additions. The work also includes a detailed stylistic comparison of the Additions and Shakespeare’s known works written before and after 1602.
Rebholz, Ronald A. 2003 0-7734-6572-3 236 pages This study begins with a careful reading of Henry V, and argues that the play’s representation of Henry as a consciously Machiavellian prince, who wages an unjust foreign war to bring about domestic peace, elicits complex responses to the king that are comprehensible within a single interpretative framework. The ‘history’ dramatized in Henry V and in all of Shakespeare’s plays that deal with the causes or consequences of political revolutions is made intelligible by Shakespeare’s philosophy of history, a view mainly Machiavellian, that dramatizes all post-revolutionary modes of government and warfare as inescapable necessities that have fallen from superior ‘past’ worlds, irrecoverable but eliciting nostalgia for a mythological, medieval world, a nostalgia embraced by the Elizabethan and Jacobean establishment to maintain its power through a putative continuity with an imaginary medievalism. The plays elicit that nostalgia in order to criticize it in acts of subversion that are not, as the New Historicists claim, contained.
Rist, Thomas 1999 0-7734-8033-1 268 pages This is an historical study of the four Shakespearean ‘late plays' : Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. The Introduction argues for a correct application of historicism in the fields of literary criticism. As a preliminary to discussion of the romances, it then considers the state of religion in England in the wake of the so-called ‘Elizabethan Settlement' ; the possibilities for religious expression in the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, and – still with particular regard to religious topics – the relationship of the romances to their sources. The major chapters illustrate the plays' relationships to, and discourses on Passion literature, Jesuit meditation, philosophical skepticism and magic. In each case the romances are seen to present a Roman Catholic, and thus Counter-Reformationary position. The study concludes by comparing Shakespeare's presentation of the four principal topics in the romances with the less consistent treatment they receive in his earlier works. An Appendix considers the relationship of Henry VIII to the romances.
Rovine, Harvey 1987 0-7734-1998-5 112 pages Extends earlier explorations by suggesting a different method of examining Shakespeare's use of silent characters. The study is organized in terms of dramatic relationships between characters rather than by examining different uses of the silent character within the context of theatrical conventions. The focus is on the relationship between the silence and the language around it.
Arthur, Richard L. 2015 1-4955-0378-X 50 pages The purpose of this edition is to improve on Shakespeare. Where his rhymes no longer match (or never did match) we have tried to to do so. Where is words are now obsolete, and cause millions of readers to stumble and fall by the wayside, we have picked them up and provided new sandals. This labor was fueled not by ambition but a hope: that there may be an enlargement of the word soul by the additions of noble thoughts and fertile imagination.
Distiller, Natasha 2005 0-7734-6076-4 316 pages This book works within the frameworks of post-colonial studies and cultural studies in order to theorise, and then to illustrate, the possibilities for cultural creation in the context of oppression. It re-works the concept of hybridity, and the philosophies of liberalism and humanism, in order to suggest that these important and much-contested terrains within critical theory have specific potential in a South African context. This book applies these theoretical points to a specific trajectory of writing in English in the region, which it finds embodied in the writing of Solomon Plaatje, Peter Abrahams, Es’kia Mphahlele, Bloke Modisane, and Can Themba. By seeking to unlock the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which Shakespeare is useful to these writers, the book addresses the traditional imbalance of knowledges in Shakespeare Studies by conceptualizing the presence of Shakespeare in these texts as indicative of an act of cultural appropriation and political resistance. Ultimately, the book makes a contribution to post-colonial and cultural studies’ engagements with how culture works, how resistance is inscribed, and what role theory can play in the neo-colonial world.
Szatek-Tudor, Karoline 2015 1-4955-0418-2 280 pages This ground breaking work is a comprehensive study that applies art, dramatic, and literary theory to examine the shaping effects of negative/positive space in English Renaissance pastoral drama from 1590-1640. This innovative approach to a genre long overlooked includes both major and minor plays which are examined to show how dramatists used the theory of negative/ positive space to write and dramatize their plays.
Camino, Maroto Mercedes 1996 0-7734-4220-0 228 pages This is the first book-length study of various treatments of the myth of the rape of Lucretia in Renaissance England. The topic is especially relevant to Shakespearean and early modern studies, as well as feminism and literary theory in general.
Wiegmann, Mira 2003 0-7734-6891-9 312 pages This study employs Jungian and post-Jungian hermeneutics to address psychological, social and political perspectives in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, M. Butterfly, and Kiss of the Spider Woman. These plays and their Broadway productions contain mythic narratives and dreams that Jung described as visionary drama. Peter Brooks’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream stages Jungian archetypes that bridge modern and postmodern production sensibilities and aesthetics. David Henry Hwang’s M. Butterfly deconstructs patriarchal personae and stages projection and introjection. Terrence McNally’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, an adaptation of Manuel Puig’s novel, demonstrates the fluidity of meaning in postmodern archetypes. This book will engage theatre scholars and practitioners as well as scholars of popular culture and interdisciplinary studies. It models archetypal hermeneutics as a useful analytical tool for postmodern performance criticism. Illustrated with production photographs.
Howard, Camille Cole 1992 0-7734-9856-7 156 pages This study focuses on three stagings of the ballet: Vincenzo Galeotti's 1811 production of ROMEO OG GIULIETTA for the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen; Leonid Lavrovsky's 1940 full-length production for the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad; and Antony Tudor's 1943 one-act production for Ballet Theatre in New York. The ballets chosen define dance tradition at a given period or extend the dance through some crucial enlargement. Also, they reflect the aesthetic theories and tastes of their choreographers, the technique and training of the dancers, modes of artistic interpretation and performance, and, finally, the politics of the country as expressed through company production policies and selections. The book uses contemporary reports, musical scores, stage plans, production pictures, journal entries and the recorded memories of the performing and producing artists.
Kaaber, Lars 2005 0-7734-6117-5 532 pages The aim of this study is to investigate the original text and background of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by separating the play from four hundred years of accumulated layers of theatrical and critical tradition. The outstanding popularity of the tragedy has caused the text to be altered according to the particular tastes and morals of various ages; the critical distortion occurred most notably in the Romantic Period (with Goethe, Coleridge and Hazllitt) and was perpetuated by performers of the Victorian Age and beyond. Even when cuts and changes have gradually been abandoned in favour of Shakespeare’s original text, tradition has proceeded to present, by and large, the Romantic Hamlet of the nineteenth century and an infallible protagonist strangely at odds with the rest of the Shakespeare cannon, as Joseph Hunter observed in 1845 when he said of the play that it was ‘quite at variance with the ordinary modes of thinking of its author’. In 1930, Wilson Knight stated that the price of sentimentalizing Hamlet is our failure to understand him. For the benefit of scholars as well as theatre people, this investigative study of the text and tradition of Hamlet hopes to demonstrate that Shakespeare’s original play and its hero were much less of a mystery than commonly perceived today.
Wright, Eugene Patrick 1993 0-7734-9370-0 428 pages This study discusses the meaning of the sonnets in the context of their whole sequence, a series of idylls revealing a grand scene, rather like an accumulation of musical variations on a larger theme. In addition to the analytical discussion of the structure of the sonnets, this book presents the 154 sonnets newly edited for the modern reader in tandem with the original printed version published by Thomas D in 1609. On the page facing each of the sonnets is a thorough analysis discussing it as a single poem and as part of the whole sequence.
Warren, Charles 1991 0-7734-0992-6 140 pages This is the first book to survey all of Eliot's writing about Shakespeare. In addition to the well-known essays, it includes unreprinted articles for periodicals, talks for the BBC, contributions to books that are now out of print, and most importantly, a set of lectures given in 1937 and 1941 which were never published and exist only in typescript. It shows the unfolding of Eliot's ideas on Shakespeare and their relation to important general issues in Eliot's literary criticism. It also deals with the issue of Shakespeare in Eliot's poetry. Includes an appendix describing the Shakespeare-related articles and reviews by other writers which Eliot published as editor of the Criterion; a complete bibliography; and an index of names and critical topics.
Spencer, Christopher 1989 0-88946-930-X 150 pages Traces the development of the flesh-bond story, offers a thorough treatment of the characters' names, discusses the contemporary background for Jews and usurers, and surveys the history of the interpretation of Shylock.
Rogal, Samuel J. 2015 1-4955-0383-6 80 pages The notion of a literary influence of the plays of William Shakespeare upon the prose and verse of Charles and John Wesley begins with the realization that the brothers, the founders and leaders of eighteen-century English Methodism, possessed a command of the sound and the sense of the Elizabethan playwright’s works. Literally hundreds of allusions to and direct quotations from Shakespeare appeal in the Wesleys’ journal narratives, correspondence, sermon tracts, and poems. Did Shakespeare, as playwright, actually and directly influence what the Wesley thought and what they preached? Not really. The Wesleys found themselves influenced by Shakespeare’s characters, themes, and language – traditional qualities of English history and English life that proved important considerations within their overall evangelical mission.
Born-Lechleitner, Ilse 1995 0-7734-1284-0 428 pages This study is the most detailed examination of audience reaction to adultery depicted on the stage, up to the closing of the theatres in 1642 on the outbreak of the Civil War. All tragedies containing the adultery motif are examined, not only such spectacular manifestations as Thomas Middleton and William Rowley's The Changeling and John Webster's The White Devil. Though the Elizabethan and Jacobean plays have received much critical examination, this study also scrutinizes the lesser-known Caroline plays in detail. All the relevant literature has been assembled in an exhaustive bibliography on the theme and is fully utilized in the numerous footnotes.
Egan, Michael 2006 0-7734-6078-0 664 pages Awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship
This new multi-volume edition of an anonymous Elizabethan history play that has intrigued Shakespeare scholars for more than a century. Using modern computer softwares to degrain and magnify the text, Michael Egan resolves many of the transcription difficulties presented by the handwritten manuscript to produce the most authoritative edition yet available. A set of Text and Variorum Notes meticulously records the variant readings of previous editors and provides relevant citations from contemporary sources and other analytic comments to clarify the play's meanings, concerns and thematic preoccupations. Among other features of this edition are an original conclusion in the Elizabethan manner (some lines of the manuscript's final scene are missing), a book-length Introduction proving that Shakespeare wrote the play, and a l00-page supplement detailing over 1,600 echoes and parallels with the Collected Works. Other sections examine 1 Richard II 's textual history from 1870–present, outline its historical background and include selections from the writings of those critics who have discussed the work in detail. This work is a must for every Shakespearean collection.
Egan, Michael 2006 0-7734-6084-5 396 pages This is a new multi- volume edition of an anonymous Elizabethan history play that has intrigued Shakespeare scholars for more than a century. Using modern computer softwares to degrain and magnify the text, Michael Egan resolves many of the transcription difficulties presented by the handwritten MS to produce the most authoritative edition yet available. A set of Text and Variorum Notes meticulously records the variant readings of previous editors and provides relevant citations from contemporary sources and other analytic comments to clarify the play's meanings, concerns and thematic preoccupations. Among other features of this edition are an original conclusion in the Elizabethan manner (some lines of the MS's final scene are missing), a book-length Introduction proving that Shakespeare wrote the play, and a l00-page supplement detailing over 1,600 echoes and parallels with the Collected Works. Other sections examine 1 Richard II 's textual history from 1870–present, outline its historical background and include selections from the writings of those critics who have discussed the work in detail. This work is a must for every Shakespearean collection.
Egan, Michael 2006 0-7734-6080-2 576 pages This new multi-volume edition of an anonymous Elizabethan history play that has intrigued Shakespeare scholars for more than a century. Using modern computer softwares to degrain and magnify the text, Michael Egan resolves many of the transcription difficulties presented by the handwritten MS to produce the most authoritative edition yet available. A set of Text and Variorum Notes meticulously records the variant readings of previous editors and provides relevant citations from contemporary sources and other analytic comments to clarify the play's meanings, concerns and thematic preoccupations. Among other features of this edition are an original conclusion in the Elizabethan manner (some lines of the MS's final scene are missing), a book-length Introduction proving that Shakespeare wrote the play, and a l00-page supplement detailing over 1,600 echoes and parallels with the Collected Works. Other sections examine 1 Richard II 's textual history from 1870–present, outline its historical background and include selections from the writings of those critics who have discussed the work in detail. This work is a must for every Shakespearean collection.
Egan, Michael 2006 0-7734-6082-9 488 pages This new multi-volume edition of an anonymous Elizabethan history play that has intrigued Shakespeare scholars for more than a century. Using modern computer softwares to degrain and magnify the text, Michael Egan resolves many of the transcription difficulties presented by the handwritten MS to produce the most authoritative edition yet available. A set of Text and Variorum Notes meticulously records the variant readings of previous editors and provides relevant citations from contemporary sources and other analytic comments to clarify the play's meanings, concerns and thematic preoccupations. Among other features of this edition are an original conclusion in the Elizabethan manner (some lines of the MS's final scene are missing), a book-length Introduction proving that Shakespeare wrote the play, and a l00-page supplement detailing over 1,600 echoes and parallels with the Collected Works. Other sections examine 1 Richard II 's textual history from 1870–present, outline its historical background and include selections from the writings of those critics who have discussed the work in detail. This work is a must for every Shakespearean collection.
Edgecombe, David P. 1995 0-7734-8881-2 136 pages This collection of essays examines the method and traditions of Elizabethan actors' training. The work includes chapters on the education of William Shakespeare, the training of the apprentices in the professional theatre companies, the organization and instruction of the "Boys Theatre Companies" and recommendations for application in contemporary classrooms. The first book in print on this subject, this volume will be of interest to both theatre and English teachers. Because some chapters focus on the performance education of young adults and children, many of the recommendations can be applied to performance training.
Rolls, Albert 2006 0-7734-5719-4 220 pages Makes available for the first time the texts from which scholars have drawn to discuss the theory of the king’s two bodies. This study shows that the present-day discussions of monarchal power in the Renaissance have constructed a simplistic opposition between metaphysical, or so-called absolutist theories of kingship, and more materialistic theories of power.
Rebholz, Ronald A. 2006 0-7734-5731-3 308 pages With the exception of the three parts of Henry VI, which are examined in one chapter, each chapter is devoted to the critical analysis of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Each analysis begins with a central idea or question that shapes the entire chapter. Background issues, like the plays’ sources and secondary materials, are introduced only when relevant to the author’s analysis. Taken together, the separate chapters make a larger, coherent whole that reveals the major facets of Shakespeare’s creation in comedy, history plays, tragedy, and romances.
Muller, Ghislain 2011 0-7734-3939-0 376 pages This biography of Shakespeare presents a new perspective on the debate surrounding the real identity of William Shakespeare. Muller suggests that Shakespeare took care to hide his Jewish origins and that Elizabethan authorities, who were aware of this fact, attempted to eliminate any trace of his Jewish origins by making him an Anglo-Saxon hero. Using official documents that have not been employed by other scholars, Muller brings forth evidence that Shakespeare’s father was a Jew living in an England where Jews had been banned since the time of Edward I and the Act of Expulsion in 1290. Muller demonstrates that Shakespeare was brought up in the Jewish faith and that many of his closest connections were from Jewish circles. In addition, Shakespeare’s coat of arms, his retirement to Stratford, and his last will and testament, are further used as evidence that Shakespeare was a Jew. Anyone interested in the works of William Shakespeare, his life, and his true identity, will enjoy this well-researched and written book.
Dureau, Yona 2018 1-4955-0636-3 260 pages This book examines the scholarly research and investigations into the life of English Playwright William Shakespeare. Dr. Dureau sets to out show that writing an accurate and factual biography of Shakespeare is troubled by contradictory sources that use various names with varied political agendas. The book includes 21 color photos.