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Re: Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0456  Monday, 18 February 2002

[1]     From:   R. A. Cantrell <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Feb 2002 12:09:39 -0600
        Subj:   Re: SHK 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
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[2]     From:   Doug Richards <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Feb 2002 13:25:34 EST
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Feb 2002 13:53:22 -0600
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[4]     From:   Hugh Grady <
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        Date:   Friday, 15 Feb 2002 15:37:57 -0500
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[5]     From:   Martin Steward <
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        Date:   Saturday, 16 Feb 2002 12:05:26 -0000
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[6]     From:   Clifford Stetner <
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        Date:   Sunday, 17 Feb 2002 11:23:59 -0500
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[7]     From:   Stuart Hampton-reeves <
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        Date:   Monday, 18 Feb 2002 07:08:27 +0000
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From:           R. A. Cantrell <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Feb 2002 12:09:39 -0600
Subject: 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
Historically

> Can anyone recommend a text suitable for senior undergraduates that
> outlines key issues in the historical study of Shakespeare? I'm
> imagining a book with chapters that connect Shakespeare to, for example,
> the monarchy, the structure of the aristocracy, early capitalism, the
> early modern construction of gender, and so on -- but at a level that
> undergraduates could make sense of and use as a basis for their own
> research essays.
>
> Any suggestions on or off list would be welcome.

Russ McDonald's BEDFORD  COMPANION TO SHAKESPEARE is a good
instructional text for undergraduates, *even though* it takes up those
topics.

All the best,
R.A. Cantrell
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Date:           Friday, 15 Feb 2002 13:25:34 EST
Subject: 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
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Historically

Russ McDonald's Bedford Guide to Shakespeare is particularly good, I
think.  It's in a new (second) edition.

Doug Richards

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From:           Terrance Kearns <
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Date:           Friday, 15 Feb 2002 13:53:22 -0600
Subject: 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
Historically

Mr. Pettigrew,

You might consider Russ McDonald's *Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An
Introduction with Documents*. (Second ed.  Boston and New York, 2001).

Terrance Kearns
University of Central Arkansas

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Date:           Friday, 15 Feb 2002 15:37:57 -0500
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Comment:        RE: SHK 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
Historically

Try Russ McDonalds's "The Bedford Companion to Shakespeare: An
Introduction with Documents." Unfortunately, it lacks a much needed
section on early capitalism.

Best,
Hugh Grady

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Date:           Saturday, 16 Feb 2002 12:05:26 -0000
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Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
Historically

Todd,

To start with, I'd recommend

Lisa Jardine, Reading Shakespeare Historically (1996)

M. H. Wikander, The Play of Truth and State (1986)

David Bevington, Tudor Drama and Politics: A Critical Approach to
Topical Meaning (1968)

Alvin Kernan, Shakespeare, The King's Playwright (1995) - with some
reservations...

Annabel Patterson, Shakespeare and the Popular Voice (1989)

Moody E. Prior, The Drama of Power: Studies in Shakespeare's History
Plays (1973) - a good starting point

but one could fill whole libraries with the books written on this and
related subjects. Decent textbook introductions to Marxist, cultural
materialist and especially new historicist methodologies would be a good
idea as well, I'd suggest.

All the best,
m

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Date:           Sunday, 17 Feb 2002 11:23:59 -0500
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Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
Historically

Brian Vickers, Appropriating Shakespeare -Contemporary Critical Quarrels
(Yale University Press, 1993).  An entertaining guided tour through some
of the encounters of contemporary literary theory with Shakespeare.
Shows that virtually every ideology known to man has sought to find its
legitimation in works by Shakespeare, who has thus been appropriated for
each specific cause, humanism, feminism, Marxism, psycho-analysis, gay
studies, performance studies, and so on

I've never used it with students, but senior lit majors should be able
to handle it.

Clifford

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Date:           Monday, 18 Feb 2002 07:08:27 +0000
Subject: 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0448 Undergraduate Guide to Reading Shakespeare
Historically

I can recommend Julia Briggs, This Stage-Play World: Texts and Contexts,
1580-1625, 2nd edition, (OUP, 1997). Although it is not specifically
about Shakespeare, it does cover the historical areas Todd mentions. It
is accessible and has an excellent, annotated bibliography for each
section.

Stuart Hampton-Reeves

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