Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 March 2005

224 Pages

7.8 x 5.0 inches

ISBN: 9780719064234

Bookseller Code (01)


Beginning Shakespeare

Lisa Hopkins

Published by Manchester University Press

Beginnings MUP

  • This is the only textbook which offers both to introduce students to the study of Shakespeare and to ground their understandings of his work in theoretical discourses
  • Introduces students to all the major critical approaches to Shakespeare, with chapters on psychoanalysis, New Historicism, cultural materialism, gender studies, queer theory, postcolonial criticism, and performance criticism, and a section addressing the growing role of biography, attribution studies and textual studies
  • Each chapter offers a list of further reading and interactive exercises focusing on key facts and issues raised in the chapter
  • An Introduction offers a survey of the dominant approaches of the past
  • Each chapter analyses the strengths and weaknesses of the perspective on which it focuses, to allow students a clear critical purchase on the respective approaches and enables them to make informed choice between them, thus suggesting ways to make meaning

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