The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 8, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 166 pages
This lively and innovative introduction to Shakespeare promotes active engagement with the plays, rather than recycling factual information. Covering a range of texts, it is divided into seven subject-based chapters: Character; Performance; Texts; Language; Structure; Sources and History, and it does not assume any prior knowledge. Instead, it develops ways of thinking and provides the reader with resources for independent research through the 'Where next?' sections at the end of each chapter. The book draws on scholarship without being overwhelmed by it, and unlike other introductory guides to Shakespeare it emphasizes that there is space for new and fresh thinking by students and readers, even on the most-studied and familiar plays.

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This seems to me to be an introduction for the student approaching a deeper study of Shakespeare but the writing of Emma Smith is so lively and interesting that it could certainly be enjoyed by the ... Read full review

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Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus! The thing about drama is that everybody has to put effort in to learn their part, then they have to work together to make the play happen. Putting on a successful ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
6
Section 3
8
Section 4
11
Section 5
12
Section 6
23
Section 7
26
Section 8
30
Section 21
71
Section 22
72
Section 23
77
Section 24
81
Section 25
84
Section 26
87
Section 27
90
Section 28
93

Section 9
32
Section 10
33
Section 11
41
Section 12
42
Section 13
46
Section 14
47
Section 15
48
Section 16
49
Section 17
50
Section 18
57
Section 19
60
Section 20
65
Section 29
101
Section 30
103
Section 31
113
Section 32
116
Section 33
120
Section 34
127
Section 35
134
Section 36
138
Section 37
142
Section 38
144
Section 39
148

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Page 87 - Hath not a Jew eyes ? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions ? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is ? If you prick us, do we not bleed ? if you tickle us, do we not laugh ? if you poison us, do we not die ? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge 1 if we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.
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About the author (2007)

Emma Smith is Fellow and Tutor in English at Hertford College, University of Oxford.

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