The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0179  Saturday, 25 April 2009

From:       Bruce Young <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, 22 Apr 2009 13:54:31 -0600
Subject:    Book Announcement: FAMILY LIFE IN THE AGE OF SHAKESPEARE

I am happy to announce (and many of you will be happy to learn) that 
Greenwood Press has just published my book, FAMILY LIFE IN THE AGE OF 
SHAKESPEARE. Description and Table of Contents below.

For more information, see http://www.greenwood.com/catalog/GR4239.aspx

Description: Perhaps better than any other writer, Shakespeare captures 
the intricacies of human relationships. From the star-crossed romance of 
Romeo and Juliet to Othello's misguided murder of Desdemona to the 
betrayal of King Lear by his daughters, family life is central to 
Shakespeare's works. Many of the experiences Shakespeare explores are 
timeless. But the particulars of family life in his plays are grounded 
in Elizabethan culture, a world foreign to contemporary students. This 
book helps students learn about family life in Shakespeare's world and 
works. The volume begins with a look at the classical and medieval 
background of family life in the Early Modern era. This is followed by a 
sustained discussion of family life in Shakespeare's world. The book 
then examines issues related to family life across a broad range of 
Shakespeare's works. Later chapters then examine how productions of the 
plays have treated scenes concerning family life, and how scholars and 
critics have commented on family life in Shakespeare's writings. The 
volume closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources for 
student research. Students of literature will value this book for its 
illumination of critical scenes in Shakespeare's works, while students 
in social studies and history courses will appreciate its use of 
Shakespeare to explore daily life in the Elizabethan age.

Table of Contents:

1: Background
2: Family Life in Shakespeares World
3: Family Life in Shakespeares Works
4: Family Life in Shakespearean Performance
5: Scholarship and Criticism
Primary Documents

Bruce Young

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