Subject Area: Shakespeare

An Examination of Verdi's Otello and Its Faithfulness to Shakespeare
1994 0-7734-9092-2
This work analyzes how Verdi produced what is not only a monumental piece of music, but a remarkably effective and faithful adaptation. It examines how Verdi (and his librettist, Arrigo Boito) translated from speech to music, and what is required generally for a good adaptation. The study is primarily musical, though it examines literary matters as well. It examines principal characters and their relationships, the arias, the structure, and differences and similarities between Verdi and his source, Shakespeare.

An Interpretation of Hamlet Based on Recent Developments in Cognitive Studies
2001 0-7734-7622-9
This monograph re-examines the role of emotion in Hamlet in the light of recent developments in cognitive science. The examination of the emotion-cognition fugue in Hamlet, with a particular emphasis on the prince’s emotional responses to physical and material phenomena, stresses the experiential aspects of ideology, and scrutinizes the ways in which the fugue illuminates the complex variations in the processing of ideology. This focus also positions the play in the ongoing social drama in which Elizabethan theatre, along with ceremony, ritual, carnival and other discourses of power, played a vital role.

Body as Text in Shakespeare's Plays: The Fashioning of the Sexes
2011 0-7734-1602-1
This book examines the attempts of Shakespeare’s male characters to fashion female identity in a way that ensures their own self-definition.

Christian Cabbalah Movement in Renaissance England and Its Influence on William Shakespeare
2009 0-7734-4818-7
This work demonstrates not only how the general situation in Europe, particularly in the Elizabethan government, offered a favorable context for the development of Christian Cabbalah in England, but how the movement informed the work of Shakespeare. It is unique to existing texts in that it stresses the importance of the Christian Cabbalah by singling it out as a distinctive intellectual movement, rather than unite it with other philosophical trends such as Neo-platonism, Jewish Cabbalah, or Rosecrucian theory. This book contains nine black and white photographs.

Comparison of Six Adaptations of Shakespeare’s coriolanus, 1681-1962: How Changing Politics Influence the Interpretation of a Text
2008 0-7734-4984-1
This work examines Coriolanus, the last of Shakespeare’s Roman plays, by providing insight into the play’s adapters, their adaptations, and the critical reaction that each received in their time.

Contrasting the Early Modern and the Postmodern Semiotics of Telling Stories: Why We Perform Shakespeare’s Plays Differently Today
2011 0-7734-1476-2
This paper focuses on the affinity between the early modern (or protomodern) and the postmodern. The methodology is grounded in the interpretive procedures of semiography, which recontextualizes the findings of iconological research in the new theoretical framework of the postsemiotics of the subject and the poststructuralist theories of signification and mediality.

Critical Edition of Two Modern Plays on the Dramatic Character of Sir John Falstaff
2006 0-7734-5565-5
This book focuses on a literary figure – Shakespeare’s Falstaff – who seems to have taken on a life independent of the plays in which he first appeared: Henry IV, Part One (ca. 1596), Henry IV, Part Two (ca. 1599), and The Merry Wives of Windsor (ca. 1597-1601). Since that time, Falstaff has appeared in numerous other plays, novels, poems, paintings, musical pieces, and films. The high points in Falstaff’s “career,” included in this collection, are by two major artistic figures from the 20th century: Fernand Crommelynck (1886-1970), whose The Knight of the Moon, or Sir John Falstaff is adapted from the two parts of Henry IV, with some additions from The Merry Wives of Windsor; and Orson Welles (1915-1985), whose play Chimes at Midnight (1960) prepared the way for his 1966 film by the same title and was itself preceded by another stage version by Welles, Five Kings (1938). Each of the two Falstaff plays in this volume is preceded by a preface, and the anthology as a whole is framed by an historical introduction and a comprehensive critical, as well as creative, bibliography. This book’s contribution to scholarship is not only its documentation of Falstaff’s characterological life and the influence of that life on subsequent art, but also the fact that it serves as a case study, of sorts, in the art of adaptation: from drama to drama, even from drama to film.

Denmark, Hamlet and Shakespeare: A Study of Englishmen's Knowledge of Denmark Towards the End of the 16th Century, with Special Reference to Hamlet
1975 0-7734-0660-3


Dictionary of Shakespeare's Semantic Wordplay
1998 0-7734-8495-7
This work demonstrates that Shakespeare uses semantic puns as a device of style, like metre or imagery, for various dramatic purposes and to a far greater extent than has been recognised, in tragedy as in comedy. It persuades the reader to examine the contribution punning makes to the pleasure and emotional effect of the plays.

Erotic Suffering in Shakespeare and Sidney
2011 0-7734-1355-3
This text is examines the influence of late antiquity Greek romances on the works of William Shakespeare and Sir Phillip Sidney.

Evaluating Scholarly Research on Shakespeare: Critical Analyses of Forty Recent Books
2010 0-7734-3728-2
This volume brings together detailed reviews of forty scholarly books published between 2003 and 2008. The books reviewed cover a range of topics from Shakespeare in performance to textual criticism, as well as editions of Shakespeare’s and his contemporaries’ plays and poetry.

Existential Dramaturgy of William Shakespeare: Character Created Through Crisis
2010 0-7734-3603-0
An interpretation of Shakespeare through the spiritual crisis of his chief characters.

Genesis of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice
1989 0-88946-930-X
Traces the development of the flesh-bond story, offers a thorough treatment of the characters' names, discusses the contemporary background for Jews and usurers, and surveys the history of the interpretation of Shylock.

Globalization of Shakespeare in the Nineteenth Century
2003 0-7734-6679-7
These essays show how Shakespeare as a cultural commodity was imported, appropriated, and exploited in countries around the world in the 19th century. The studies cover not only Great Britain, the USA, and Germany, but also Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, and Japan. Essays are grouped by the type of appropriation they emphasize: translations and adaptations, performances and theater, scholarship and criticism, or inspirations for visual arts and creative writing. With illustrations.

Globe Theatre Project
2006 0-7734-5724-0
This book analyzes performances at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London between 1996 and 2004 through a focus on the new Globe’s most defining characteristic: authenticity. In that this concept of authenticity reverberates so urgently with debates about identity – from national to personal, heritage-centered to technologically-mediated – the book addresses both the question of why authenticity has become so crucial in late twentieth and early twenty-first century Britain and it further considers what productions of the ‘authentic Shakespeare’ at the new Globe have to say about contemporary identities. Perhaps unsurprisingly, a key argument of the book is that those productions which are staged according to what Pauline Kiernan has called the ‘authentic brief’ are most likely to endorse conservative and unreconstructed identities and subjectivities. The book reveals, for example, how the reviewers affirmed the psychologically consistent, realistic and historically synchronous representation of the Shakespearean identity of Mark Rylance’s Hamlet whereas they offered a far more censorious view of the more playful and non-realistic, Portuguese-language Romeo and Juliet.

This methodological approach is repeated in other chapters following which deal with performance at the new Globe in the five years since its opening. The first of these, Authentic Shakespeares, considers the productions which fulfilled the authentic brief most completely, and focuses particularly on how the productions represent gendered identities. It is argued that the authentic productions of Henry V and Antony and Cleopatra, respectively, offered their audiences the opportunity to identify with a masculinity which was aggressively heterosexist and xenophobic and a femininity which, by virtue of its pantomimic excess, was little more than laughable stereotype.

Hamlet on Screen
1997 0-7734-8502-3


Hamlet's Choice Hamlet - A Reformation Allegory
1989 0-88946-145-7
Basing her conclusions on research into apocalyptic and Mariological imagery in Hamlet, Hoff offers a comprehensive solution to Hamlet's perennial problems. "an extraordinary book . .. unlike any other before . . ..Thoroughly documented and up-to-date.. . . Make no mistake about it: this is an arduously researched book with extremely close reasoning. A short review simply cannot do it justice." _Hamlet Studies

Hazlitt's Criticism of Shakespeare a Selection
1996 0-7734-8917-7
This book is the first to present in one volume a generous selection of the Shakespearean criticism of William Hazlitt, a critic who is emerging as one of the three greatest Romantic critics, together with Coleridge and Schlegel. The selection has been culled from Hazlitt's Works in 21 volumes. It contains the best of his Characters of Shakespear's Plays, a collection of the more general comments on Shakespeare which pepper Hazlitt's essays, and selection of reviews of Kean's performances of Shakespearean characters. A lengthy introduction locates Hazlitt's criticism as embedded in his political views and his lost vocation as painter. Hazlitt's political radicalism is nowhere more apparent than in his comments on Shakespeare's kings and Coriolanus, but it is generally prevalent in everything he writes. These attitudes were expressed in opposition to Tory literary critics, the government, and other writers, and Hazlitt's views provide a vital counterpart to the generally conservative criticism of Coleridge. The volume is thoroughly annotated and has a comprehensive bibliography. It will be invaluable for both scholars and students.

How Shakespeare is Presented to Children: A Review of Methods Used to Incorporate the Bard Into the Canon of Children’s Literature
2016 1-4955-0490-5
This study examines children’s books about Shakespeare, his time and his characters in the light of changing ideas about childhood as well as changes in the experiences of the children who read the various versions of Shakespeare available to them in adaptations, fiction and non-fiction.

Ideological Approaches to Shakespeare the Practice of Theory
1992 0-88946-079-5


Influence of Stoicism on William Shakespeare: His Background Reading and How It Shaped His Portrayal of Characters
2015 0-7734-4261-8
The first book of its kind to explore Shakespeare’s different plays to prove the relevance of stoic philosophy, in the themes, ideas, and images that play out in his body of work. Contemporary interpreters of Shakespeare have ignored these primary philosophical sources of Renaissance thought that influenced the fundamental moral principles and thinking of his time.

Japanese Studies in Shakespeare
2006 0-7734-5680-5
In such stage performances as of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Peter Brook or Tempest and Pericles by Ninagawa Yukio, audiences experience abundant communal unification between themselves and stage. It is the result of constant efforts on the part of both theatrical practitioners and academic experts at restoring the real way how Shakespearean plays were enacted at the original Elizabethan theatres. At the same time, there is added to the tendency another conspicuous influence from the East, particularly that of the Noh drama of Japan. As is well-known, the influence came to the West mainly through two courses: one is by way of Ernest Fenollosa’s excellent translation of chief Noh works and the other is that Benjiamin Britten wrote his masterpiece operatic work, Curlew River, remaking another masterpiece Noh play. Not that they produced direct overall influences, but they unmistakably composed and attached some crucial effects upon Shakespearean performance so much so that upon communal unification there has been added another memorable dimension, which is theatrum mundi or the theatre of the world.

Lacanian Interpretations of Shakespeare
2010 0-7734-3666-9
This volume of the Shakespeare Yearbook brings together articles centered around the intersections between Lacanian Theory and the literary production of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Learning, Wit, and Wisdom of Shakespeare's Renaissance Women
1997 0-7734-8737-9
A careful study of Shakespeare's plays shows that his Renaissance women break the typical stereotype of the day about the limitations of their abilities to operate in a man's world. Many of the females solve problems that male characters were unable to solve and in this sense serve as subtle mentors. Some criticism has been written in scattered articles, but this is the first volume to collect this information. Chapter headings include: The Education of Renaissance Women - Looking Forward to Shakespeare's Women of Wit; Education of Renaissance Women - Negative Changes Under James I; Secondary Wisdom - The Role of Women as Mentors in Shakespeare's Plays; Portia - Re-evaluated Portrait; The Simultaneous Depersonalization and Individualization of Shakespeare's Hermia and Juliet; Writing Women and Reading the Renaissance; Images of Women in Shakespeare's Plays; "when Men Are Rul'd by women" - Shakespeare's First Tetralogy; "Intercepting the Dew-Drop" - Female Readers and Reading in Anna Jameson's Shakespearean Criticism; The Critics Discover Shakespeare's Woman.

Literary Influence of Shakespeare Upon Charles and John Wesley
2015 1-4955-0383-6
The notion of a literary influence of the plays of William Shakespeare upon the prose and verse of Charles and John Wesley begins with the realization that the brothers, the founders and leaders of eighteen-century English Methodism, possessed a command of the sound and the sense of the Elizabethan playwright’s works. Literally hundreds of allusions to and direct quotations from Shakespeare appeal in the Wesleys’ journal narratives, correspondence, sermon tracts, and poems. Did Shakespeare, as playwright, actually and directly influence what the Wesley thought and what they preached? Not really. The Wesleys found themselves influenced by Shakespeare’s characters, themes, and language – traditional qualities of English history and English life that proved important considerations within their overall evangelical mission.

Massinger's Imagery
1973 0-7734-0417-1
Discusses Massinger's imagery and compares his art with that of Marlowe, Shakespeare, and Fletcher. Attention is focused on the function of imagery.

Mediaeval Dimension in Shakespeare's Plays
1990 0-88946-116-3
Includes "Shakespeare's Mediaeval Inheritance," "Shakespeare and the Socio-Religious Unrest of His Time," "The Religious Implications of The Merchant of Venice," "Shakespeare and Elizabethan Exorcism," "The Homiletic Tradition in Hamlet," "Death in Shakespearean Tragedy," "`Nature' in Hooker and King Lear," "A Theology of Grace in The Winter's Tale," "Fairies in Shakespeare's Later Plays," and "Gonzalo's `Merry Fooling.'"

Metamorphosis in Shakespeare's Plays a Pageant of Heroes, Gods, Maids, and Monsters
1992 0-7734-9434-0
Images of metamorphosis characterize Shakespeare's drama on every level. Once the image is established by simile, metaphor, or direct allusion, it is then transformed into the stuff of theatre. The images are charged with tension, excitement, and sometimes humor. This is a fresh approach to Shakespeare's use of metamorphosis, using The Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, A Winter's Tale, and others to demonstrate transformations on several levels. With twenty-five pages of illustrations.

Metatheater in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama: Four Forms of Theatrical Self-Reflexivity
2008 0-7734-5061-0
This study explores the theatrical self-reflexivity in early modern drama in terms of themetatheatrical critical perspective advocated by Lionel Abel, James L. Calderwood, Richard Hornby, and Judd D. Hubert, to name just a few. Some early modern dramatic works display unflagging excavation and disclosure of the dramatic art itself. Their self-conscious exploration of the nature and function of dramatic art gives us a chance to reconsider the dramatic medium.

Mirth and Morality of Shakespeare's Holy Fools
1997 0-7734-8480-9
Demonstrates though textual analysis of seven dramas Shakespeare's adaptation of a medieval character type - the holy fool. Fundamentally, the holy fool's mission is to promote harmony and good will by correcting those personality flaws that impede human community. The identification and development of the holy fool as a viable literary device has led to the discovery of a new motif in Shakespeare's drama - the salvific element of play inherent in the role of holy fool as spiritual physician. They demonstrate how art, particularly drama, proves an indispensable tool for illustrating how personal moral choices impact on a society. As physicians of the soul bringing transformation and renewal, Shakespeare's holy fools have gone unremarked for centuries. Their discovery and development adds new richness and vitality to the interpretations of Shakespeare's plays. With illustrations.

Moral Philosophies in Shakespeare's Plays
1987 0-88946-558-4
Discusses the correspondence of characterizations of human behaviors in Shakespeare's plays to actual human behaviors, a realism that lends the plays significance as examples of empirical moral philosophies.

Nazi Appropriation of Shakespeare
2005 0-7734-6014-4
For the Nazis, Shakespeare was a major cultural icon, whose works belonged to German culture more than to English and were therefore to be exploited for political-propagandistic purposes like those of any other German “classical” writer. Following an overview of the importance of Shakespeare in German culture, this book’s three major sections investigate the controversy over the appropriate translation Shakespeare’s plays to be read and performed, the effect of the new political-cultural climate on Shakespeare-scholarship, and the attempts of the Nazis to “co-ordinate” Shakespeare’s works on the stage for propagandistic ends. This is the first complete study, entirely in English, to present the total picture of Shakespeare’s fortunes in Germany between 1933 and 1945 in the context of Nazi cultural policy.

Opera and Shakespeare
1994 0-7734-9016-7
Essays by international Shakespeare scholars A publication of The Shakespeare Yearbook

Performance of Shakespeare in France Since the Second World War
2006 0-7734-5891-3
Much has been written on Shakespeare’s global, overarching influence on 20th century theatre. In France, the transformations of the stage in the 20th century have been accompanied by increased interest in his plays. In sharp contrast with the reviling of Shakespeare’s “foreignness” in previous decades, by the late 1940s French academics and directors began to speak of a “need” for his theatre. Theatre practitioners and critics continue today to regard him as a leading figure on the French stage and have ensured that his theatre has continued to thrive. However, despite reaching unprecedented heights by the end of the century, the sheer scale of the vogue for Shakespeare and the reasons behind his success in France today had not been thoroughly addressed. This book provides a comprehensive survey and critical evaluation of Shakespearian production in France from the 1960s to the end of the twentieth century. Through a study of the specifics of a large number of productions, the work theorises the strategies used by each new wave of directors to influence the Shakespearian repertoire and generate new appropriations of Shakespeare’s theatre, from critical interpretations of his plays in the light of the theories of Bertolt Brecht and Jan Kott in the 1960s and the iconoclastic radicalisations of the 1970s to the self-referential post-modern “theatre of images” of the 1980s and 1990s and the playful and radical appropriations of the young directors of the 1990s. In a final section, the book moves beyond essentialist categories to replace the directors’ expressions of admiration for Shakespeare in the wider French cultural discourse. Interpreting the evidence in the light of theories of cultural materialism, the study suggests that Shakespearian production has been maintained by belief in the mythical status of Shakespeare. Imposing new visions of his theatre has enabled directors to redefine the field of Shakespearian production, explaining the paradox that Shakespearian production both remains constant and is continually transformed.

This original study makes a significant contribution to the study of Shakespeare’s place in France, surveying forty years of changes and innovations in Shakespearian theatre production. It also opens up a new area of debate within the established field of Shakespearian studies, relocating it in the arena of cultural politics in France. It would be of particular interest to scholars in the following areas: Shakespeare studies in France; theatre studies; history of 20th century French theatre; history of 20th century French cultural policy; semiotics; literary theory; the work of Georges Lavaudant, Daniel Mesguich and Stéphane Braunschweig; Shakespeare and cultural materialism. The book contains a valuable database recording new Shakespearian productions in France between 1960 and 1997.

Plutarch Revisited: A Study of Shakespeare's Last Roman Tragedies and their Source
1979 0-7734-0393-0


Psychological Investigation of the Use of Shakespeare’s Emotional Language: The Case of His Roman Tragedies
2008 0-7734-5188-9
This work offers a psychological investigation of the use of emotive language in Shakespeare’s drama. Focusing on the Roman tragedies, the author applies findings from her Dictionary of Affect in Language, which classified words into categories indicating the sort of emotion that they imply, to the plays to produce a comparison of the dramatic language to the modern English vocabulary.

Renaissance Magic and Hermeticism in the Shakespeare SonnetsLike Prayers Divine
1995 0-7734-9027-2
This study shows how the magical language and occult methods of the Italian Renaissance are the key to understanding the mysteries of the Shakespeare sonnets, both as a cycle and as individual poems. It explores how the influence of Giordano Bruno's Heroic Enthusiasms, Plato's Symposium, Trismegistus' Corpus Hermiticum, emblem books, and Italian "magic" in its various overlapping forms provided the foundation and content of Shakespeare's sonnets. It provides convincing evidence that Bruno's code, so carefully explained in his commentaries, was commonly imitated in the London of Shakespeare's time. Contains a concise history of the 200-year detective search to locate historical persons to match the unnamed beloveds of Shakespeare's sonnets.

Selective Annotated Bibliography of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens
1991 0-88946-372-7
Produced to meet the need for a reference tool that is superior to the 1986 Ruskiewicz bibliography.

Shakespeare and Asia
2010 0-7734-3726-6
This yearbook volume presents 21 essays by international scholars, including 14 theme essays on Shakespeare and Asia. The theme essays deal with Shakespeare’s imagining of Asia and his images in Asian cultures, and especially his reception in China. Other essays cover topics of general interests. The book contains 6 color photographs.

Shakespeare and France
1995 0-7734-8960-6
The essays deal with the actual position, past and present, of Shakespeare in France - Shakespeare's relationship with regions of France, his image of certain people, etc.

Shakespeare and Higher Eductaion - A Global Perspective
2002 0-7734-7262-2
This book is about global conversation and the ways and beliefs of teaching Shakespeare.

Shakespeare and Hungary
1996 0-7734-8727-1
Deals with the Hungarian reception of Shakespeare.

Shakespeare and Public Execution
2004 0-7734-6553-7
This study demonstrates how Shakespeare utilized a strategy of manipulating the language and conventions of public execution in his plays. Paying special attention to the poetics of hangings at Tyburn, the most dominant place of execution, Shakespeare’s subversion of this well-known (and uneasy) discourse between the public and the state is illuminated by close readings of The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus, Richard III, Measure for Measure, and The Tempest. It uses audience-reception theory and new historicism, as well as non-dramatic texts (popular literature and ballads) to demonstrate the knowledge and experiences of execution that the audiences of Shakespeare’s time took with them to the theatre. With illustrations.

Shakespeare and Spain
2002 0-7734-6981-8
The picture of Spanish Shakespeare has been greatly conditioned by the culture in which he was misappropriated in particular forms. Shakespeare's reception has been a process of acculturation which includes assimilation, cultural fusion, and a new synthesis in cultural elements. Culture has become a clue to understanding the rise and growth of Shakespeare in Spain where he represented a literary otherness which threatned the essence of Spanish culture, as he "merely continues to signify Englishness".

Shakespeare and the Christian Tradition
1994 0-7734-9425-1
Eight essays by prominent Shakespeare scholars explore ways in which the Christian tradition intersects Shakespearean drama. Recognizing that post-modern methods of criticism pose new questions, the first essayist raises some of these knotty questions, urges that such questions not be ignored, and challenges scholars to explore thoughtfully their implications in the studying and teaching of Shakespeare. Subsequent contributors offer a wide range of responses. Some examine particular post-modern methods, scrutinize ways in which they may enlarge understanding, or in other instances, dim illumination of dramas, while others insist that a sense of history is essential in a scholarly examination of Shakespearean drama. Some clearly demonstrate how the Christian tradition may be studied and taught in the classroom.

Shakespeare and the Low Countries
2005 0-7734-6005-5
Like most European nations, the Low Countries - a geographical term referring jointly to the present-day Netherlands and to Flanders, the Dutch-speaking provinces of Belgium - are significant to our efforts to read Shakespeare and English Renaissance drama in at least two distinct ways. They played an active role in the cultural context that generated his plays, and have since become recipients of the culture that they themselves helped to produce; they are, in quite a number of respects, the subject of Shakespeare's poetry and plays, and have since the early seventeenth century, like so many other countries worldwide, made Shakespeare the object of their veneration.

The seventeen essays dedicated to this issue's theme explore the multiplex intersections between Shakespeare and the Dutch from a range of perspectives, including book history, source studies, gender studies, art history, legal history, reception history, and performance history. This is the first book-length treatment of the subject in English.

The issue also include two general essays - one on reading recent editions of Shakespeare, the other on the authorship of A Lover's Complaint - as well as two review essays and ten book reviews.

Shakespeare and the Matter of the Crux Textual, Topical, Onomastic, Authorial, and Other Puzzlements
1992 0-7734-9622-X
Deals with the identification of Love's Labour's Won, a play long `missing' from the Shakespeare canon; the Master W.H. controversy; and the issue of the crux of cruxes, that in Henry V.

Shakespeare and the Visual Arts
2000 0-7734-7586-9
The Shakespeare Yearbook is an annual dealing with all aspects of Shakespeare and his period, with particular emphases on theatre-oriented, comparative, and interdisciplinary studies. Concerning the visual arts in relation to Shakespeare, there is still a good deal to be newly discovered and added to the store of knowledge and insight, so that a collection of papers can strike a balance between discovery, vision, and revision.

Shakespeare Apocrypha
2007 0-7734-5421-7
This volume of the Shakespeare Yearbook has brought together a number of outstanding articles from an international group of scholars united around the topic of the Shakespearean Apocrypha. The articles are followed by a series of book reviews on recent Shakespeare scholarship and notes on the contributors

Shakespeare as a Challenge for Literary Biography: A History of Biographies of Shakespeare Since 1898
2009 0-7734-4732-6
This book argues that, despite the quantity of writing and record searching, Shakespearean biographies remain curiously unsatisfactory, even contradictory.

Shakespeare in Japan
1998 0-7734-8214-8


Shakespeare in Opera, Ballet, Orchestral Music and Song an Introduction to Music Inspired by the Bard
1997 0-7734-8515-5
This work is unique in the field: the reader is introduced to music from several centuries and to five of the most popular plays in great detail (Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Othello, A Midsummer Night's Dream). Other plays are discussed (1 & 2 Henry IV, Henry V, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice). The book treats opera, ballet, symphonic music, song, incidental music, Shakespeare's use of music and his use of music as metaphor. It contains no musical notation and assumes no previous knowledge of music or of Shakespeare. It can be used in the classroom by a professor of English or of music. Suggested CD and video recordings are listed and keyed by page number to examples in the book. The book offers much beyond the aesthetic pleasures of plays and music: there is opportunity for scholarly comparison of the treatment of similar materials in several media and through the approaches of different disciplines. Contrasting the musical works with the plays is an unusual and successful teaching technique, offering insights in to the plays that are not available through the study of the plays alone. (As with all Mellen books, this work is available at a special price when ordered for text use. For text ordering information, call (716) 754-2788.)

Shakespeare Productions of Max Reinhardt
2005 0-7734-6231-7


Shakespeare Yearbook
2004 0-7734-6252-X
This volume of the Shakespeare Yearbook has brought together a number of outstanding articles from an international group of scholars united around the topic of the Shakespearean Heroine. The articles are followed by a series of book reviews on recent Shakespeare scholarship and notes on the contributors.

Shakespeare's Dramatic Speech
1997 0-7734-8632-1
This study shows how Shakespeare exploits the social conventions of speech to dramatic effect. It is concerned less with linguistic detail than with the rhetorical strategies of common usage. Since Shakespeare's plays are written texts designed to be heard rather than read, it follows that pragmatic models of conversational practice are likely to be relevant in any discussion of his linguistic usage. Conversational analysis, and the Gricean maxims prove the most useful modes for analysis. The function of the Politeness Principle in dramatic speech, and the varying strategies of topic control are also explored as important dimensions of dramatic exchanges. This volume identifies and illustrates the distinctive effects of deviance from normative conversational patterns, and their consequent importance in dramatic narrative. In the light of the pragmatic models chosen, the study examines a range of typical contexts and activities in Shakespeare's plays: his exploitation of questions, commands and requests in confrontation, the strategies for control and direction in public debate at court, techniques of argument and persuasion, and lastly, the problems of interpretation raised by self-talk in soliloquies. The final chapter addresses the wider theoretical implications of dramatic discourse in its social and ideological aspects.

Shakespeare's Reflexive Endings
1990 0-88946-699-8
Discusses the scenic form of the tragic closes of Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus, with particular emphasis on the way in which these finales recall the plays' opening scenes.

Shakespeare's Romances as Interrogtive Texts Their Alienation Strategies and Ideology
1992 0-7734-9475-8
This study examines Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest as interrogative texts, throwing light not only on elements of their complex structure but on some of the pressures existing in Jacobean ideology. It is a fresh politicized reading of the texts, analyzing the multiple dramatic strategies which create angles of vision, revealing deficiencies in the nature of authority, the role of the king as father, husband and ruler, and the function of the aristocratic woman as restorer of harmony. Also discusses problems of genre and dramatic strategies.

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in Performance Traditions and Departures
1997 0-7734-2284-6
Romeo and Juliet has enjoyed great popularity on the stage from Shakespeare's time onward, but is not a favorite with literary critics, who view it as an immature study for the greater tragedies that would follow. This study seeks to show that acting, directing, and stage design are acts of interpretation to be judged alongside the readings of literary scholars. It is a study of selected actors in the play's three main roles. The Romeos treated at length are those of Richard Burbage, David Garrick, Spranger Barry, Johnston Forbes-Robertson, and Laurence Olivier. Juliet is examined on the basis of the interpretations by the boy-actor of Shakespeare's day, George Anne Bellamy, Susannah Cibber, Adelaide Neilson, and Peggy Ashcroft. Finally, Mercutio is studied through the interpretations by Henry Woodward, Charles Kemble, John Gielgud, Leo Ciceri, and others. With illustrations.

Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Court of Navarre
1997 0-7734-8532-5
This book may well mark a breakthrough in solving the mysteries of Shakespeare's Sonnets. It is a literary detective story which suggests that the lost frame of reference for the Sonnets is to be found in France. The Dark Lady, it appears, was French and the sonnet story took place not in Shakespeare's England but at the Court of Navarre. Moreover, the lady was not Shakespeare's mistress, for he was not the original sonnet poet but an adapter, who turned French sonnets into English. This thesis points to solutions for many problems, including Shakespearean riddles involving the personae of Love's Labours Lost, 'A Lover's Complaint' and even provides convincing identities for Shakespeare's Phoenix and Turtle. The texts of the Sonnets and of Shakespeare's two other 'Navarre' poems are provided together with commentaries and notes. The order of the Sonnets does not require to be altered for this interpretation, however, the text is modernized and includes several new emendations as well as those commonly accepted in modern editions.

Shakespeare, Cervantes, and Rabelais: New Interpretations and Comparative Studies
2011 0-7734-3663-4
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.

Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, and Existential Tragedy
2000 0-7734-7875-2
Explores the complex existential worlds of Hamlet, Troilus and Cressida, and Antony and Cleopatra while using the philosophy , psychology, and metaphysics of Søren Kierkegaard as its critical literary landscape, lending new understanding of their characters, triumphs, ignominies, and their creator.

Shakespeare-Était-Il Juif? Une Nouvelle Approche De Sa Vie Et De Son Oeuvre
2010 0-7734-3602-2
This biography of Shakespeare presents a new perspective on the debate surrounding the real identity of William Shakespeare. Muller suggests that Shakespeare was a crypto-Jew who took care to hide his Jewish origins and that Elizabethan authorities, who were aware of this fact, attempted to eliminate any trace of his Jewish origins by making him an Anglo-Saxon hero. Using official documents that have not been employed by other scholars, Muller brings forth evidence that Shakespeare’s father was a Jew living in an England where Jews had been banned since the time of Edward I and the Act of Expulsion in 1290. Muller demonstrates that Shakespeare was brought up in the Jewish faith and that many of his closest connections were from Jewish circles. In addition, Shakespeare’s coat of arms, his retirement to Stratford, and his last will and testament, are further used as evidence that Shakespeare was a Jew. Anyone interested in the works of William Shakespeare, his life, and his true identity, will enjoy this well researched book. In French.

Shakespearean and Other Literary Investigations with the Master Sleuth (and Conan Doyle)
2003 0-7734-6779-3
This study presents some major influences on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (especially Shakespeare), but also deals with the influence of Doyle on others, notably T. S. Eliot. Other essays deal with onomastics, religion, and race, with Doyle’s insistence that Shakespeare was the true author of the plays (not Bacon, Marlowe, Edward de Vere, etc), the identity of Mr. W. H., and more.

Shakespearean Puzzles: Essays on Textual, Dramatic, and Biographical Enigmas in Some Plays by Shakespeare
2008 0-7734-5147-1


Shakespeare’s hamlet in Romania, 1778-2008: A Study in Translation, Performance, and Cultural Adaptation
2010 0-7734-3671-5
This book traces and examines Hamlet in translation, performance and cultural adaptation in Romania. The book transcends national boundaries – linguistic and theatrical – and completes the understanding of Shakespeare and Hamlet in a global context at a time when the page and the stage life of this play has entered a new Renaissance.

Shakespeare’s Additions to Thomas Kyd’s
2008 0-7734-5227-3
This monograph presents for the first time the full case for Shakespeare’s authorship of the Additions to the 1602 quarto of The Spanish Tragedy. It considers the respective “claims” of Jonson and Webster, each of whom has at some time been seriously mentioned in connection with the additions. The work also includes a detailed stylistic comparison of the Additions and Shakespeare’s known works written before and after 1602.

Shakespeare’s Romances and the Politics of Counter-Reformation
1999 0-7734-8033-1
This is an historical study of the four Shakespearean ‘late plays' : Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter's Tale and The Tempest. The Introduction argues for a correct application of historicism in the fields of literary criticism. As a preliminary to discussion of the romances, it then considers the state of religion in England in the wake of the so-called ‘Elizabethan Settlement' ; the possibilities for religious expression in the Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre, and – still with particular regard to religious topics – the relationship of the romances to their sources. The major chapters illustrate the plays' relationships to, and discourses on Passion literature, Jesuit meditation, philosophical skepticism and magic. In each case the romances are seen to present a Roman Catholic, and thus Counter-Reformationary position. The study concludes by comparing Shakespeare's presentation of the four principal topics in the romances with the less consistent treatment they receive in his earlier works. An Appendix considers the relationship of Henry VIII to the romances.

Silence in Shakespeare Drama, Power, and Gender
1987 0-7734-1998-5
Extends earlier explorations by suggesting a different method of examining Shakespeare's use of silent characters. The study is organized in terms of dramatic relationships between characters rather than by examining different uses of the silent character within the context of theatrical conventions. The focus is on the relationship between the silence and the language around it.

Socialist Shakespeare Productions in KÁdÁr-Regime Hungary: Shakespeare Behind the Iron Curtain
2009 0-7734-4746-6
This study examines how productions of Shakespeare’s plays subverted or strengthened the official doctrines of late Socialist Hungary.

Sonnets of William Shakespeare
2015 1-4955-0378-X
The purpose of this edition is to improve on Shakespeare. Where his rhymes no longer match (or never did match) we have tried to to do so. Where is words are now obsolete, and cause millions of readers to stumble and fall by the wayside, we have picked them up and provided new sandals. This labor was fueled not by ambition but a hope: that there may be an enlargement of the word soul by the additions of noble thoughts and fertile imagination.

South Africa, Shakespeare, and Post-Colonial Culture
2005 0-7734-6076-4
This book works within the frameworks of post-colonial studies and cultural studies in order to theorise, and then to illustrate, the possibilities for cultural creation in the context of oppression. It re-works the concept of hybridity, and the philosophies of liberalism and humanism, in order to suggest that these important and much-contested terrains within critical theory have specific potential in a South African context. This book applies these theoretical points to a specific trajectory of writing in English in the region, which it finds embodied in the writing of Solomon Plaatje, Peter Abrahams, Es’kia Mphahlele, Bloke Modisane, and Can Themba. By seeking to unlock the complex and sometimes contradictory ways in which Shakespeare is useful to these writers, the book addresses the traditional imbalance of knowledges in Shakespeare Studies by conceptualizing the presence of Shakespeare in these texts as indicative of an act of cultural appropriation and political resistance. Ultimately, the book makes a contribution to post-colonial and cultural studies’ engagements with how culture works, how resistance is inscribed, and what role theory can play in the neo-colonial world.

Spatial Discourse in Shakespeare’s and Other English Early Modern Pastoral Drama
2015 1-4955-0418-2
This ground breaking work is a comprehensive study that applies art, dramatic, and literary theory to examine the shaping effects of negative/positive space in English Renaissance pastoral drama from 1590-1640. This innovative approach to a genre long overlooked includes both major and minor plays which are examined to show how dramatists used the theory of negative/ positive space to write and dramatize their plays.

Staging Shakespeare’s Hamlet: A Director’s Interpreting Text Through Performance
2005 0-7734-6117-5
The aim of this study is to investigate the original text and background of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by separating the play from four hundred years of accumulated layers of theatrical and critical tradition. The outstanding popularity of the tragedy has caused the text to be altered according to the particular tastes and morals of various ages; the critical distortion occurred most notably in the Romantic Period (with Goethe, Coleridge and Hazllitt) and was perpetuated by performers of the Victorian Age and beyond. Even when cuts and changes have gradually been abandoned in favour of Shakespeare’s original text, tradition has proceeded to present, by and large, the Romantic Hamlet of the nineteenth century and an infallible protagonist strangely at odds with the rest of the Shakespeare cannon, as Joseph Hunter observed in 1845 when he said of the play that it was ‘quite at variance with the ordinary modes of thinking of its author’. In 1930, Wilson Knight stated that the price of sentimentalizing Hamlet is our failure to understand him. For the benefit of scholars as well as theatre people, this investigative study of the text and tradition of Hamlet hopes to demonstrate that Shakespeare’s original play and its hero were much less of a mystery than commonly perceived today.

Structure of Shakespeare's Sonnets
1993 0-7734-9370-0
This study discusses the meaning of the sonnets in the context of their whole sequence, a series of idylls revealing a grand scene, rather like an accumulation of musical variations on a larger theme. In addition to the analytical discussion of the structure of the sonnets, this book presents the 154 sonnets newly edited for the modern reader in tandem with the original printed version published by Thomas D in 1609. On the page facing each of the sonnets is a thorough analysis discussing it as a single poem and as part of the whole sequence.

T. S. Eliot on Shakespeare
1991 0-7734-0992-6
This is the first book to survey all of Eliot's writing about Shakespeare. In addition to the well-known essays, it includes unreprinted articles for periodicals, talks for the BBC, contributions to books that are now out of print, and most importantly, a set of lectures given in 1937 and 1941 which were never published and exist only in typescript. It shows the unfolding of Eliot's ideas on Shakespeare and their relation to important general issues in Eliot's literary criticism. It also deals with the issue of Shakespeare in Eliot's poetry. Includes an appendix describing the Shakespeare-related articles and reviews by other writers which Eliot published as editor of the Criterion; a complete bibliography; and an index of names and critical topics.

Theory of the King's Two Bodies in the Age of Shakespeare
2006 0-7734-5719-4
This work makes available for the first time the texts from which scholars have drawn to discuss the theory of the king’s two bodies. This study shows that the present-day discussions of monarchal power in the Renaissance have constructed a simplistic opposition between metaphysical, or so-called absolutist theories of kingship, and more materialistic theories of power.

Thirty-Seven Plays by Shakespeare
2006 0-7734-5731-3
With the exception of the three parts of Henry VI, which are examined in one chapter, each chapter is devoted to the critical analysis of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Each analysis begins with a central idea or question that shapes the entire chapter. Background issues, like the plays’ sources and secondary materials, are introduced only when relevant to the author’s analysis. Taken together, the separate chapters make a larger, coherent whole that reveals the major facets of Shakespeare’s creation in comedy, history plays, tragedy, and romances.

Tragedy of Richard II Part One - A Newly Authenticated Play by Shakespeare
2006 0-7734-6078-0
Awarded the Adele Mellen Prize for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship

This is a new edition of an anonymous Elizabethan history play that has intrigued Shakespeare scholars for more than a century. Using modern computer softwares to degrain and magnify the text, Michael Egan resolves many of the transcription difficulties presented by the handwritten manuscript to produce the most authoritative edition yet available. A set of Text and Variorum Notes meticulously records the variant readings of previous editors and provides relevant citations from contemporary sources and other analytic comments to clarify the play's meanings, concerns and thematic preoccupations. Among other features of this edition are an original conclusion in the Elizabethan manner (some lines of the manuscript's final scene are missing), a book-length Introduction proving that Shakespeare wrote the play, and a l00-page supplement detailing over 1,600 echoes and parallels with the Collected Works. Other sections examine 1 Richard II 's textual history from 1870–present, outline its historical background and include selections from the writings of those critics who have discussed the work in detail. This work is a must for every Shakespearean collection.



Tragedy of Richard II Part One - A Newly Authenticated Play by Shakespeare
2006 0-7734-6080-2
This is a new, three-volume edition of an anonymous Elizabethan history play that has intrigued Shakespeare scholars for more than a century. Using modern computer softwares to degrain and magnify the text, Michael Egan resolves many of the transcription difficulties presented by the handwritten MS to produce the most authoritative edition yet available. A set of Text and Variorum Notes meticulously records the variant readings of previous editors and provides relevant citations from contemporary sources and other analytic comments to clarify the play's meanings, concerns and thematic preoccupations. Among other features of this edition are an original conclusion in the Elizabethan manner (some lines of the MS's final scene are missing), a book-length Introduction proving that Shakespeare wrote the play, and a l00-page supplement detailing over 1,600 echoes and parallels with the Collected Works. Other sections examine 1 Richard II 's textual history from 1870–present, outline its historical background and include selections from the writings of those critics who have discussed the work in detail. This work is a must for every Shakespearean collection.



Tragedy of Richard II Part One - A Newly Authenticated Play by Shakespeare
2006 0-7734-6082-9
This is a new, three-volume edition of an anonymous Elizabethan history play that has intrigued Shakespeare scholars for more than a century. Using modern computer softwares to degrain and magnify the text, Michael Egan resolves many of the transcription difficulties presented by the handwritten MS to produce the most authoritative edition yet available. A set of Text and Variorum Notes meticulously records the variant readings of previous editors and provides relevant citations from contemporary sources and other analytic comments to clarify the play's meanings, concerns and thematic preoccupations. Among other features of this edition are an original conclusion in the Elizabethan manner (some lines of the MS's final scene are missing), a book-length Introduction proving that Shakespeare wrote the play, and a l00-page supplement detailing over 1,600 echoes and parallels with the Collected Works. Other sections examine 1 Richard II 's textual history from 1870–present, outline its historical background and include selections from the writings of those critics who have discussed the work in detail. This work is a must for every Shakespearean collection.



Tragedy of Richard II Part One - A Newly Authenticated Play by Shakespeare
2006 0-7734-6084-5
This is a new, three-volume edition of an anonymous Elizabethan history play that has intrigued Shakespeare scholars for more than a century. Using modern computer softwares to degrain and magnify the text, Michael Egan resolves many of the transcription difficulties presented by the handwritten MS to produce the most authoritative edition yet available. A set of Text and Variorum Notes meticulously records the variant readings of previous editors and provides relevant citations from contemporary sources and other analytic comments to clarify the play's meanings, concerns and thematic preoccupations. Among other features of this edition are an original conclusion in the Elizabethan manner (some lines of the MS's final scene are missing), a book-length Introduction proving that Shakespeare wrote the play, and a l00-page supplement detailing over 1,600 echoes and parallels with the Collected Works. Other sections examine 1 Richard II 's textual history from 1870–present, outline its historical background and include selections from the writings of those critics who have discussed the work in detail. This work is a must for every Shakespearean collection.