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Eight Tragedies of Shakespeare (Paperback)

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'This book rests on a lifetime's thinking about history. It helps us see Shakespeare in "a more realistic light".'

Times Literary Supplement

The seventeenth century saw the brief

flowering of tragic drama across Western Europe. And in the plays of William

Shakespeare, this form of drama found its greatest exponent. These Tragedies,

Kiernan argues, represented the artistic expression of a new social and

political consciousness which permeated every aspect of life in this period.


this book, Kiernan sets out to rescue the Tragedies from the reductionist

interpretations of mainstream literary criticism, by uncovering the wider

historical context which shaped Shakespeare's writings.

Opening with an overview of

contemporary England, the development of the theatre, and a portrait of

Shakespeare as a writer, Kiernan goes on to provide an in-depth analysis of

eight of his Tragedies - from Julius

Caesar to Coriolanus - drawing out their contrasts and

recurring themes, and exploring their attitudes to monarchy, war, religion,

philosophy, and changing relations between men and women. Featuring a new

introduction by Terry Eagleton, this is an invaluable resource for those

looking for a new perspective on Shakespeare's writings.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: plays & playwrightsShakespeare studies & criticismHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPolitical ideologiesMarxism & Communism Publisher: Zed Books Ltd Publication Date: 15/02/2016 ISBN-13: 9781783606887  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Victor Kiernan (1913-2009) ranks among Britain's most distinguished historians. After a fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge, and a long period spent teaching in India, he joined the History Department at the University of Edinburgh, where he served as professor of modern history from 1970 until his retirement. Over the course of his life he authored such works as European Empires from Conquest to Collapse; The Duel in European History; The Lords of Human Kind and numerous others. Terry Eagleton is a literary critic, writer and chair in English literature in Lancaster University's department of English and creative writing. He is the author of Shakespeare and Society amongst many other works.

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