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The Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare (Cambridge Introductions to Literature)

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This lively and innovative introduction to Shakespeare promotes active engagement with the plays, rather than recycling factual information. Covering a range of texts, it is divided into seven subject-based chapters: Character; Performance; Texts; Language; Structure; Sources and History, and it does not assume any prior knowledge. Instead, it develops ways of thinking and ...more
Hardcover, 178 pages
Published May 31st 2016 by Cambridge University Press (first published March 8th 2007)
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Manuel Antão
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Cease to persuade, my loving Proteus!

The thing about drama is that everybody has to put effort in to learn their part, then they have to work together to make the play happen. Putting on a successful performance is very hard work but the buzz children get from the performance is huge and they learn that hard work is worthwhile. The play won't work without Titania, Bottom or Puck or all the more minor parts or the person who does the li
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Meri Elena
May 22, 2015 rated it liked it
As an into to reading and understanding Shakespeare, this book did a pretty good job. It was a bit too optimistic in its claim that it required no prior knowledge, discussing details of plays as if everybody has read them. There was also a tendency towards long, confusing sentences where the subject got lost in a labyrinth of intervening clauses. For the most part, though, the writing was fairly clear and the ideas were interesting and informative.
Emylie
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I started the book before I had read very many plays so I struggled to keep up with all of the references. I started over at the end of the school year and found it to be a much easier and enjoyable read.
Mike Jensen
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good intro for those looking for a lightweight bulk but are not afraid to be intellectually challenged.
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May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant read! Short, concise and incredibly interesting. While any Shakespeare enthusiast will know quite a bit of what is mentioned here already, it serves the purpose of an introduction very well. The chapters 'History' and 'Texts' were particularly good. The former chapter was especially useful in reminding you - through focusing on contemporary ideas of gender and race (to name just a few) - just how crucial it is to be aware of other texts surrounding Shakespeare, and not to think of hi ...more
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