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Beginning Shakespeare

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Beginning Shakespeare introduces students to the study of Shakespeare, and grounds their understanding of his work in theoretical discourses. After an introductory survey of the dominant approaches of the past, seven chapters examine the major current critical approaches to Shakespeare; psychoanalysis, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism, gender studies, queer theory, po ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 6th 2005 by Manchester University Press
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Sep 07, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: academics, shakespeareans
An excellent reader for those who find William Shakespeare tough to tackle. If you're taking a course on Shakespeare, you want this by your side.

It's not all-inclusive obviously but it gives an insight no version of sparknotes/classic notes will ever provide. If you want to truly understand and appreciate the Shakespeare experience, you need to read this.

Disclaimer: I was very indifferent to Shakespeare before I took a course on Shakespeare and Literary Theory, which is where I read this book.
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Rosie
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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First textbook for my Shakespeare module.

On the whole I found this really helpful and it has some gems in terms of quotes. Some of the secondary sources were pretty random.

It was a great introduction to thinking of Shakespeare in a new way looking at politics, gender and adaptations which is the core of my module.

Glad I got it read before class starts week after next :)
Jessica
A useful introduction to various critical approaches to Shakespeare - great if that's what you're studying/interested in. A pretty neutral approach to the various types of criticism too, which I always appreciate.
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