The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy

ISBN : 9780198724193

Michael Neill; David Schalkwyk
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171 x 246 mm
Oxford Handbooks

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy is a collection of fifty-four essays by a range of scholars from all parts of the world, bringing together some of the best-known writers in the field with a strong selection of younger Shakespeareans. Together these essays offer readers a fresh and comprehensive understanding of Shakespeare tragedies as both works of literature and as performance texts written by a playwright who was himself an experienced actor. The collection is organised in five sections. The substantial opening section introduces the plays by placing them in a variety of illuminating contexts: as well looking at ways in which later generations of critics have shaped our idea of 'Shakespearean' tragedy, it addresses questions of genre by examining the playwright's inheritance from the classical and medieval past, by considering tragedy's relationship to other genres (including history plays, tragicomedy, and satiric drama), and by showing how Shakespeare's tragedies respond to the pressures of early modern politics, religion, and ideas about humanity and the natural world. The second section is devoted to current textual issues; while the third offers new critical readings of each of the tragedies, from Titus Andronicus to Coriolanus. This is set beside a group of essays that deal with performance history, with screen productions, and with versions devised for the operatic stage, as well as with the extraordinary diversity of twentieth and twenty-first century re-workings of Shakespearean tragedy. The thirteen essays of the book's final section seek to expand readers' awareness of Shakespeare's global reach, tracing histories of criticism and performance across Europe, the Americas, Australasia, the Middle East, Africa, India, and East Asia. Offering the richest and most diverse collection of approaches to Shakespearean tragedy currently available, the Handbook will be an indispensable resource for students both undergraduate and graduate levels, while the lively and provocative character of its essays make will it required reading for teachers of Shakespeare everywhere.


I. Genre
Paul A. Kottman: What is Shakespearean Tragedy?
Richard Halpern: The Classical Inheritance
Rory Loughnane: The Medieval Inheritance
Edward Pechter: The Romantic Inheritance
Tzachi Zamir: Ethics and Shakespearean Tragedy
Emma Smith: Character in Shakespearean Tragedy
Philip Armstrong: Preposterous Nature
Lynne Magnusson: Shakespearean Tragedy and the Language of Lament
David Hillman: The Pity of It: Shakespearean Tragedy and Affect
Steven Mullaney: 'Do You See This?' The Politics of Attention in Shakespearean Tragedy
Peter Lake: Tragedy and Religion: Religion and Revenge in Titus Andronicus and Hamlet
Richard Sugg: Shakespeare's Anatomies of Death
Gail Paster: 'Minded Like the Weather': the Tragic Body and its Passions
Andrew Hadfield: Shakespeare's Tragedy and English History
Tom Bishop: Shakespeare's Tragedy and Roman History
Hester Lees-Jeffries: Tragedy and the Satiric Voice
Subha Mukherji: 'The action of my life': tragedy, tragicomedy, and Shakespeare's mimetic experiments
Lee Edelman and Madhavi Menon: Queer Tragedy, or Two Meditations on Cause

II. Textual Issues
Paul Werstine: Authorial Revision in the Tragedies
Michael Witmore, Jonathan Hope and Michael Gleicher: 1. Digital Approaches to the Language of Shakespearean Tragedy

III. Reading the tragedies
Michael Neill: 'Romaine Tragedie': The Designs of Titus Andronicus
Crystal Bartolovich: Romeo and Juliet as Event
Emily Bartels: Julius Caesar: Making History
Catherine Belsey: The Question of Hamlet
Ian Smith: Seeing Blackness, Reading Race in Othello
Leah S. Marcus: King Lear and the Death of the World
Andrew J. Power: 'O horror! horror! horror!' Macbeth and the Gothic
Bernhard Klein: Antony and Cleopatra
David Schalkwyk: Coriolanus: A Tragedy of Language

IV: Stage and Screen
Tiffany Stern: Early Modern Tragedy and Performance
Peter Holland: Performing Shakespearean Tragedy, 1660-1780
Russell Jackson: Staging Shakespearean Tragedy: the Nineteenth Century
Bridget Escolme: Tragedy in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Theatre Production: Hamlet, Lear, and the Politics of Intimacy
Courtney Lehmann: Ontological Shivers: The Cinematic Afterlives of Romeo and Juliet
Douglas Lanier: Hamlet: Tragedy and Film Adaptation
Sujata Iyengar: Intermediated Bodies and Bodies of Media: Screen Othellos
Macdonald P. Jackson: Screening the Tragedies King Lear
Katherine Rowe: Macbeth on Changing Screens
Sarah Hatchuel & Nathalie Vienne-Guerin: The Roman Plays on Screen: Autonomy, Serialization, Conflation
Peter Byrne: 'The Bowe of Ulysses': Reworking the Tragedies of Shakespeare
William Germano: Shakespeare's Tragedies on the Operatic Stage

V. The Tragedies Worldwide
i. European Responses
Shaul Bassi: The Tragedies in Italy
Andreas Hofele: The Tragedies in Germany
Pascale Drouet & Nathalie Rivere de Carles: French Receptions of Shakespearean Tragedy: Between Liberty And Memory
Pavel Drabek: Eastern Europe
John Givens: In equal scale weighing delight and dole: Shakespearean Tragedy in Russia
ii. The Wider World
Gay Smith: Shakespearean Tragedy in the Nineteenth Century United States: the case of Julius Caesar
Mark Houlahan: Unsettling the Bard: Australasia and the Pacific
Colette Gordon, Daniel Roux and David Schalkwyk: Shakespeare's Tragedies in Southern Africa
Araham Oz: In Blood Stepped in: Tragedy and the Modern Israelites
Khalid Amine: Shakespeare's Tragedies in North Africa and the Arab World
Margarida Gandara Rauen & Alfredo Modenessi: Shakespearean Tragedy in Latin America and the Caribbean
Poonam Trivedi: Shakespearean Tragedy in India: politics of genre / or how newness entered Indian literary culture
Alex Huang: 'It is the east': Shakespearean Tragedies in East Asia


Michael Neill is Professor in Early Modern Literature at the University of Kent and Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Auckland. He is the author of Issues of Death (1997) and Putting History to the Question (2000). He has edited Anthony and Cleopatra (1994) and Othello (2006) for the Oxford Shakespeare. ; David Schalkwyk is currently Academic Director of Global Shakespeare, a joint venture between Queen Mary and the University of Warwick. He was formerly Director of Research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. and editor of the Shakespeare Quarterly. Before that he was Professor of English at the University of Cape Town, where he held the positions of Head of Department and Deputy Dean in the faculty of the Humanities. His books include Speech and Performance in Shakespeare's Sonnets and Plays (Cambridge, 2002), Literature and the Touch of the Real (Delaware, 2004), and Shakespeare, Love and Service (Cambridge, 2008). His most recent book is Hamlet's Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare, published in 2013 by the Arden Shakespeare. He has just completed a monograph on love in Shakespeare.