?One of the most frequently taught of Shakespeare's plays, 'the Scottish Play' is the ideal subject for the 'Greenwood Guides to Shakespeare' series. In the first four chapters Coursen briefly reviews the textual history, contexts and sources, dramatic structure, and salient themes, the latter including controversial interpretations of key scenes by leading critics and stage directors, which are more fully explored in the final sections of the book. Chapter 5 offers a lengthy review of criticism segmented by topic (genre, world order, witchcraft, psychology, gender, and 'Macbeth as murderer'), each with its own list of references.... Especially interesting is the substantial sixth and final chapter on the play in performance on stage, film, and television, including specific references for each medium.... essential for libraries at all levels.?-Choice
This work summarizes texts and contexts, dramatic elements, themes, criticism, and performances of Macbeth.