The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare

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Cambridge University Press, 2007 M03 8 - 178 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

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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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