Shakespeare's Tragedies: All That Matters
By Michael Scott
Why are Shakespeare's tragedies so enduring?
Shakespeare's tragedies are performed, watched and studied by millions of people every year. In Shakespeare's Tragedies: All That Matters, Michael Scott explains why, exploring our enduring love of the plays and all things Shakespeare.
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In Shakespeare's Tragedies: All That Matters, Michael Scott explores and explains the secrets that have made Shakespeare's tragedies so enduring that they continue to be performed, watched and studied by millions of people every year.
Professor Scott concentrates on the four great tragedies - Hamlet, King Lear, Othello and Macbeth - and builds an argument based around Shakespeare's use of language to prompt the audience's imagination and thought. This original little book, and its companion volume, Shakespeare's Comedies, will help you understand each of the plays in the context of its oeuvre and the changing concept of Shakespearean tragedy across the centuries.
Appealing to both students and general readers, this book gives a fascinating introduction to Shakespeare's tragedies - and what matters most about them.
Michael Scott is Professor of English and Theatre Studies and Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of Glyndwr University, Wrexham. He has taught Shakespeare for over 35 years and has also tutored A Level students, and for over ten years he worked as a Visiting Lecturer teaching Shakespeare with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has extensive experience also of teaching Shakespeare worldwide, including as Visiting Professor in English at Georgetown University. In Spring 2013 he conducted an extensive lecture tour on Shakespeare in China.
Scott was the founding editor of the influential Text and Performance Series and The Critics Debate Series used extensively in school and university programmes, and he continues to work and lecture on Shakespeare for a variety of audiences both for education and the general public.
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18 Jun 2015
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Hodder & Stoughton