ISBN 9781405127929,Studying Shakespeare A Guide tothePlays

Studying Shakespeare A Guide tothePlays


Atlantic Books



Atlantic Books

Publication Year 2004

ISBN 9781405127929

ISBN-10 1405127929


Number of Pages 256 Pages
Language (English)


This beginner's guide to Shakespeare reminds us that the main reason people still watch and read Shakespeare's plays is because they identify with the characters and situations depicted in them.
Drawing on all of Shakespeare's plays, Laurie Maguire shows how they illustrate some of life's most familiar stories - love and obsession, parents and children, sex and politics, suffering and revenge.

The book groups the stories into five broad categories, moving from those concerned with personal identity to those dealing with romance and marriage, family life, politics, and public life. This thematic arrangement makes the plays accessible to the widest possible audience, and helps readers grasp the connection between the issues addressed by the plays and those of our own time.

About the Author
Laurie Maguire is a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and a Lecturer in English at Oxford University. She is the author of Shakespearean Suspect Texts (1996) and co-editor of Textual Formations and Reformations (1998), among other publications.