Shakespeare's Ideas: More Things in Heaven and Earth - eBook
Shakespeare's Ideas: More Things in Heaven and Earth - eBook  -     By: David Bevington
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781444357639
ISBN-13: 9781444357639
Series: Blackwell Great Minds

Publisher's Description

An in-depth exploration, through his plays and poems, of thephilosophy of Shakespeare as a great poet, a great dramatist and a"great mind".
  • Written by a leading Shakespearean scholar
  • Discusses an array of topics, including sex and gender,politics and political theory, writing and acting, religiouscontroversy and issues of faith, skepticism and misanthropy, andclosure
  • Explores Shakespeare as a great poet, a great dramatist and a"great mind"

Author Bio

David Bevington is the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor the Humanities at the University of Chicago. His numerous publications include The Bantam Shakespeare, in 29 paperback volumes (1988, new edition forthcoming), and The Complete Works of Shakespeare (fifth edition, 2003), as well as the Oxford Shakespeare edition of Henry IV Part I (1987), the New Cambridge Shakespeare edition of Antony and Cleopatra (second edition, 2005), and the Arden Shakespeare edition of Troilus and Cressida (1998). He is the senior editor of the Revels Student Editions, and is a senior editor of the Revels Plays and of the forthcoming Cambridge edition of the works of Ben Jonson. He is also general editor of English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology (2002), and the author of Shakespeare: The Seven Ages of Human Experience (second edition, Blackwell, 2005).

Editorial Reviews

"Bevington sees a development in how important Shakespeare feltcertain topics were, and so the structure of the book is bothchronological and thematic, beginning with the early romances andending with the dark eschatology of the last plays."(English, December 2010)
“The book ranges across almost the entire canon, bringingtogether telling moments from an array of texts, but pausing longenough on particular plays to offer nuanced readings. Theundergraduate or general reader should enjoy this fluent andwell-paced tour through the major plays, and will get a good sense,especially in the first half of the book, of important political,religious and dramatic contexts. The carefully chosen bibliographyshould stimulate students to explore the ideas summarized here inconsiderably more detail.” (Times Higher EducationSupplement, December 2008)

"Bevington's newest book wears its considerable eruditionlightly and, for the most part, well. Bevington (Univ. of Chicago)begins by pointing out that one cannot know the thoughts ofShakespeare the man, but that the plays and poems, looked at as awhole, do present a kind of philosophy--one of balance andmoderation. Chapters on sex and gender, politics, writing,religion, and other topics all suggest that though Shakespearecreated characters with extreme and wide-ranging views, the worldof the plays (and thus perhaps of Shakespeare himself) rewardscompassion, understanding, forgiveness, duty, and above all, love.In general, this is not a book for scholars; Bevington does notoffer highly theoretical readings or bring up scholarly debatesabout meaning and textuality. But his immense knowledge of theplays and the era allow him to present complex ideas in anengaging, completely readable manner that will appeal to allreaders, no matter their background. Though it offers nothing newto those who study the plays for a living, everyone else will findit a masterpiece of thoughtful investigation into the plays."(Choice, February 2009)

"It's an absorbing journey, and one that will fascinate bothgeneral readers and serious scholars alike." (Yorkshire EveningPost, October 2008)

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