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The Resource Shakespeare's tragedies : a very short introduction, Stanley Wells

Shakespeare's tragedies : a very short introduction, Stanley Wells

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Shakespeare's tragedies : a very short introduction
Title
Shakespeare's tragedies
Title remainder
a very short introduction
Statement of responsibility
Stanley Wells
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Tragedy, including grief, pain, and suffering, is a common theme in Shakespeare's plays, often leading to the death of at least one character, if not several. Yet such themes can also be found in Shakespearian plays which are classed as comedies, or histories. What is it which makes a Shakespearian tragedy, and what dramatic themes and conventions did the bard draw upon when writing them? In this Very Short Introduction Stanley Wells considers what is meant by the word 'tragedy', and discusses nine of Shakespeare's iconic tragic plays. He explores how the early definitions and theoretical discussions of the concept of tragedy in Shakespeare's time would have influenced these plays, along with the literary influence of Seneca. Wells also considers Shakespeare's uses of the word 'tragedy' itself, analysing whether he had any overall concept of the genre in relation to the drama, and looking at the ways in which the theatrical conventions of his time shaped his plays, such as the use of boy players in women's roles and the physical structures of the playhouses. Offering a critical analysis of each of the nine plays in turn, Wells concludes by discussing why tragedy is regarded as fit subject for entertainment, and what it is about tragic plays that audiences find so enjoyable
Member of
Cataloging source
YDX
Dewey number
822.3/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR2976
LC item number
.W3665 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • filmographies
  • bibliography
Series statement
Very short introductions
Series volume
522
Label
Shakespeare's tragedies : a very short introduction, Stanley Wells
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-126, 129-131), filmography (pages 127-128), and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Tragedies on the stages of Shakespeare's time -- Titus Andronicus -- Romeo and Juliet -- Julius Caesar -- Hamlet -- Othello -- Macbeth -- King Lear -- Timon of Athens -- Antony and Cleopatra -- Coriolanus
Control code
sky285808332
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 138 pages
Isbn
9780198785293
Lccn
2016962490
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
a2518699
Label
Shakespeare's tragedies : a very short introduction, Stanley Wells
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 125-126, 129-131), filmography (pages 127-128), and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Tragedies on the stages of Shakespeare's time -- Titus Andronicus -- Romeo and Juliet -- Julius Caesar -- Hamlet -- Othello -- Macbeth -- King Lear -- Timon of Athens -- Antony and Cleopatra -- Coriolanus
Control code
sky285808332
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 138 pages
Isbn
9780198785293
Lccn
2016962490
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
a2518699

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