Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Rabelais: New Interpretations and Comparative Studies

Author: Bellis, Clive and José Manuel González
Year:2011
Pages:228
ISBN:0-7734-3663-4
978-0-7734-3663-3
Price:179.95
This collection deals with the works of Shakespeare and Cervantes, with Rabelais as their common predecessor. This work presents the Shakespeare-Cervantes relation not only from a purely textual perspective, as scholars have tended to do, but also from a theatrical perspective, since both shared the condition of playwrights.

Reviews

“This splendid collection of essays greatly deepens our understanding of the two writers in relation to one another.”-Prof. Brean Hammond, University of Nottingham

“The editors have assembled work by some fine British, American and Spanish scholars and I was also delighted to find two essays by theatre directors—Greg Doran and Denis Rafter—who are steeped in both English and Spanish drama. They bring a welcome practical and theatrical approach to the volume.”-Prof. Emer. Lois Potter, University of Delaware

“…in purporting to read in tandem two negatively capable, ambidextrous, myriad-minded authors, cannot but confirm the parallel nature of their achievement and validate how their genius has become a truly global phenomenon. To consider one in relation to the other—in all of their ambidextrousness—cannot but be enriching.”-Prof. Emer. Susan L. Fischer, Bucknell University

Table of Contents

Foreword BREAN HAMMOND

Introduction
JOSÉ MANUEL GONZÁLEZ AND CLIVE A. BELLIS

Part 1: Critical Approaches to Shakespeare’s Plays
Romeo and Juliet and Sex: Elements of Dramatic Design
STANLEY WELLS

Shakespeare’s Conception of Tragedy: The Middle Tragedies
JAY L. HALIO

Part 2: Studies in Cervantes’ Theatre and Fiction
Towards a New Comedy: Ingenio, Metatheatre, and the Criticism of Lope de Vega in La entretenida and Pedro de Urdemalas
PAUL LEWIS-SMITH

The Humours of Don Quixote and Sancho
JOSÉ MARÍA FERRI

Part 3: Comparative Studies of Cervantes and Shakespeare
‘What learne you by that?’: Spain, Shakespeare and the Anxiety of Romance
ANDREW HISCOCK

Rabelesian Echoes in Shakespeare and Cervantes
JOHN PARKIN

Cervantes and Shakespeare: Asymmetrical Conversations
BARRY W. IFE

Nihilism and Tragedy in Cervantes and Shakespeare
JESÚS G. MAESTRO

‘We are such stuff/ As dreams are made on’: Dreaming in Cervantes and Shakespeare
JOSÉ MANUEL GONZÁLEZ

Part 4: Staging Cervantes and Shakespeare
In Search of Shakespeare’s Lost Play
GREG DORAN

Directing the Classics
DENIS RAFTER

Bibliography

Index