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9. Timon of Athens

9. Timon of Athens  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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9780191827297
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10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0010
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Timon of Athens is an unfinished, abandoned text co-written by William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. The curiously skeletal text is well worthy of resuscitation for its ... More
6. Return to tragedy

6. Return to tragedy  

Stanley Wells

in William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.003.0006
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‘Return to tragedy’ begins by looking at the plays Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. It is a tribute to the Globe playgoers that Shakespeare’s longest play—Hamlet—one of the most ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Stanley Wells

in William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2015
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Apr 2015
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9780191788048
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10.1093/actrade/9780198718628.003.0009
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Shakespeare’s plays and poems have had, and continue increasingly to have, a major impact on many areas of human life. Fellow poets from Ben Jonson onwards have written appreciatively of ... More
5. Further patterns and irruptions in the Sonnets

5. Further patterns and irruptions in the Sonnets  

Jonathan F. S. Post

in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191787065
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717577.003.0005
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Along with the passions they voice, there are important recurring motifs in the Sonnets, lending a special rhythm to the whole. One of the most resonant is that of Time’s inexorable march, ... More
2. Venus and Adonis

2. Venus and Adonis  

Jonathan F. S. Post

in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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9780191787065
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717577.003.0002
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Venus and Adonis—Shakespeare’s best-selling first venture into print, a poem soon to become one of the era’s most popular works—is a young person’s poem, written by a ... More
3. The Rape of Lucrece

3. The Rape of Lucrece  

Jonathan F. S. Post

in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Poems: A Very Short Introduction

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Sep 2017
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Sep 2017
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9780191787065
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10.1093/actrade/9780198717577.003.0003
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‘The Rape of Lucrece’ considers the range of sources—and their particular emphases—that Shakespeare may have drawn on when writing his poem, published in 1594: Livy’s Roman civic history; ... More
7. Shakespeare and dramatic literature

7. Shakespeare and dramatic literature  

Jonathan Bate

in English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777578
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569267.003.0007
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How can we best appreciate Shakespeare's texts? Should they only be seen, or in contrast, only be read? ‘Shakespeare and dramatic literature’ considers this issue. Some argue that the ... More
4. The study of English

4. The study of English  

Jonathan Bate

in English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777578
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569267.003.0004
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The way that we have studied literature has changed over the years. ‘The study of English’ looks at how English language and literature have been studied since the 16th century. The ... More
2. What it is

2. What it is  

Jonathan Bate

in English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777578
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569267.003.0002
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English literature is different things to different people. ‘What it is’ analyses this from a variety of perspectives. To some it is the books that they live with and love, those that ... More
8. King Lear

8. King Lear  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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9780191827297
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10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0009
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‘King Lear’ explains that for readers, as well as for performers, the play may seem a daunting intellectual and emotional challenge. It tells a deeply tragic story, a story of national and ... More
Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction  

Stanley Wells

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Apr 2017
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9780191827297
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10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.001.0001
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Tragedy, including grief, pain, and suffering, is a common theme in Shakespeare’s plays, often leading to the death of at least one character. Yet such themes can also be found in ... More
6. A history of film music III: 1960–present

6. A history of film music III: 1960–present  

Kathryn Kalinak

in Film Music: A Very Short Introduction

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May 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780199365685
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10.1093/actrade/9780195370874.003.0006
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The second half of the 20th century saw a transformation in film music. The varied practices that developed in terms of the use of song and background music began to join as a compilation ... More
English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

English Literature: A Very Short Introduction  

Jonathan Bate

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Oct 2010
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Sep 2013
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9780191777578
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10.1093/actrade/9780199569267.001.0001
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9780199569267
English Literature: A Very Short Introduction considers such diverse topics as the birth of the novel, the brilliance of English comedy, the deep Englishness of landscape ... More
Introduction: what is a tragedy?

Introduction: what is a tragedy?  

Stanley Wells

in Shakespeare's Tragedies: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2017
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9780191827297
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10.1093/actrade/9780198785293.003.0001
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9780198785293
Around half of Shakespeare’s plays are tragedies in the most basic sense of the word, with the death of their central character or characters. The Introduction explains that just as ... More

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