Celebrating William Shakespeare

We boast a rich tradition of releasing books that explore the work and enduring impact of William Shakespeare. We proudly publish esteemed scholars who are highly regarded in the field of Renaissance Literature, as well as emerging up-and-coming researchers.

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Shakespeare's liminal spaces

Shakespeare's liminal spaces

Shakespeare's liminal spaces provides a unique set of perspectives through which Shakespeare's forests, battlefields, shores and gardens are revealed as deliberate dramatic devices with the capacity to destabilise social structures.

Shakespeare's adolescents

Shakespeare's adolescents

Shakespeare's adolescents examines the varied representation of adolescent characters in Shakespeare's plays. Using early modern medical knowledge, the book unpacks complexities that surrounded the cultural and theatrical representations of the 'signs' of the maturation used to construct Shakespeare's many adolescent characters.

The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

This book offers essential reading on a wide array of theatre and film productions of Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice. Richly contextualised analyses of individual productions by major directors help produce a nuanced picture of the performance history of the play, guiding the reader from the 1930s through the early twenty-first century.

Shakespeare's resources

Shakespeare's resources

A challenging re-appraisal of the ways in which we have conceived of 'source' study in relation to Shakespeare. By combining a theoretical and a practical approach this study challenges existing shibboleths and proposes new ways of conceiving the relations between Texts (oral and literary) and their antecedents.

Dido, Queen of Carthage

Dido, Queen of Carthage

The first single-text scholarly edition in English. An indispensable resource for scholars, students, and theatre practitioners. Edited by Ruth Lunney.

Sound effects

Sound effects

Blending theatre history and sensory studies this book recaptures the sound of early modern drama, acknowledging its intangibility while attempting to both describe those sounds heard on the stage and to try and identify those sound's effects on the playgoers.

Shakespeare, memory, and modern Irish literature

Shakespeare, memory, and modern Irish literature

Shakespeare, memory, and modern Irish literature explores the intertextual connections between early modern English and modern Irish literature. Characterising the relationship as 'dismemorial', the book explores how ghosts, bodies, and the land are sites of literary connection through which contemporary Ireland draws on Shakespeare's England.

Cowboy Hamlets and zombie Romeos

Cowboy Hamlets and zombie Romeos

The book focuses on the interpretation of Shakespeare film adaptations in commercial film genres, from the classical Hollywood era to contemporary blockbuster cinema. Its genre-based analyses revisit old favourites and rediscover long-forgotten treasures of film history, taking adaptation studies in a new direction.

Shakespeare's tutor

Shakespeare's tutor

Shakespeare's tutor: The influence of Thomas Kyd defines Thomas Kyd's dramatic canon and indicates where and how Kyd contributed to the development of Shakespeare's drama. Groundbreaking in its implications for our understanding of Shakespeare's dramatic development, the book aims to revolutionise our understanding of the early modern canon.

Shakespeare and the supernatural

Shakespeare and the supernatural

This edited collection of twelve essays from an international range of contemporary Shakespeare scholars explores the supernatural in Shakespeare from a variety of perspectives and approaches.

Shakespeare and the denial of territory

Shakespeare and the denial of territory

This book examines three Shakespeare plays in which abusive banishment participates in a dialectics of deterritorialisation and reterritorialisation (King Richard II, King Lear and Coriolanus). It draws on analyses by French philosophers (notably Deleuze and Foucault), so as to understand strategies of resistance when one is denied one's territory.

Serial Shakespeare

Serial Shakespeare

This book explores Shakespeare's presence in the American cultural imaginary at the beginning of the twenty-first century. It traces how his texts are disseminated and reassembled in contemporary TV shows such as The Wire, Deadwood, Westworld, House of Cards and The Americans.

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

This books looks at Antony and Cleopatra in performance from 1606 to 2018, examining how actors, directors and designers pick up the play's themes of desire and delinquency, exoticism and erotic politics to locate the most ambituous love story ever told in a new present. Is the play tragedy? Comedy? Farce? Rutter shows it's all three.

Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

Interweaving myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries

This volume considers classical mythology in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The eleven essays approach tropes and figures from multiple perspectives: genre, gender, translation, classical reception and history.

Shakespeare's cinema of love

Shakespeare's cinema of love

Shakespeare's cinema of love addresses the question, how much has Shakespeare influenced modern film genres? Convincing arguments are made for the links between his comedies of love and genres such as 'screwball' comedy, musicals, romantic comedy and tragic love films.

The Shakespearean comic and tragicomic

The Shakespearean comic and tragicomic

Richard Hillman's latest book on the French connections of early modern English drama shows that Shakespeare regularly inflected the models provided by Italian comedy and tragicomedy by evoking French material, dramatic and non-dramatic. Such inflection especially bears on the tragic overtones that menace or complicate comic resolutions.

Coriolanus

Coriolanus

A study of twenty stage productions, adaptations and screen versions of Shakespeare's final Roman play

William Shakespeare and John Donne

William Shakespeare and John Donne

William Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece and John Donne's Holy Sonnets are read against the background of concepts of the soul during the early modern period. This approach provides new insights into concepts of interiority and performance as well as a new understanding of the soliloquy in both poetry and drama.

Shakespeare by McBean

Shakespeare by McBean

A play-by-play picture compendium of the world's greatest dramatist as captured by the world's greatest theatre photographer

Reading Shakespeare's mind

Reading Shakespeare's mind

An accessible, enjoyable, occasionally speculative study based on a vast amount of research into some of Shakespeare's more uninterpretable moments.

Shakespeare's storms

Shakespeare's storms

Explains the special effects used to represent storms in the early modern playhouses, and details how those effects filter into Shakespeare's dramatic language. With chapters on Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Pericles and The Tempest

Finding Shakespeare's New Place

Finding Shakespeare's New Place

Unique report on the major archaeological dig at Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon home and the implications for the Shakespearian biography.

Shakespeare and Spenser

Shakespeare and Spenser

Innovative approach and study of Spenser's literature. Original ideas and perspectives methodolodgy when studying Spenser. Will appeal to wide market of Renaissance students.

Beginning Shakespeare

Beginning Shakespeare

Introduces students to the study of Shakespeare and grounds their understandings of his work in theoretical discourses. By addressing what is primarily at stake in the major theoretical approaches to Shakespeare's works, the book breaks down both fears and preconceptions to offer students a map of the current critical practices of others.

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