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This revised and updated Companion acquaints the student reader with the forms, contexts, critical and theatrical lives of the ten plays considered to be Shakespeares tragedies. Thirteen essays, written by leading scholars in Britain and North America, address the ways in which Shakespearean tragedy originated, developed and diversified, as well as how it has fared on stage, as text and in criticism. Topics covered include the literary precursors of Shakespeares tragedies, cultural backgrounds, sub-genres and receptions of the plays. The book examines the four major tragedies and, in addition, Titus Andronicus, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus and Timon of Athens. Essays from the first edition have been fully revised to reflect the most up-to-date scholarship; the bibliography has been extensively updated; and four new chapters have been added, discussing Shakespearean form, Shakespeare and philosophy, Shakespeares tragedies in performance, and Shakespeare and religion.
Preface to the second edition
1. What is a Shakespearean tragedy?
2. The language of tragedy
3. Tragedy in Shakespeares career
4. Shakespearean tragedy printed and performed
5. Religion and Shakespearean tragedy
6. Tragedy and political authority
7. Gender and family
8. The tragic subject and its passions
9. Tragedies of revenge and ambition
10. Shakespeares tragedies of love
11. Shakespeares classical tragedies
12. Why think about Shakespearean tragedy today?
13. Shakespeares tragedies in performance.
About the Author: Claire Mceachern
Claire McEachern, University of California, Los Angeles