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Shakespeare After All Paperback – September 20, 2005
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From The New Yorker
In recent years, Garber, a professor at Harvard, has attracted notice with offbeat work about such subjects as dogs and cross-dressing, but this book—a collection of her lectures on each of Shakespeare's plays—marks a return to the core curriculum. Garber is appealingly undogmatic, deploying insights from textual scholarship, post-colonial theory, and Elizabethan stage history, without being beholden to any single approach. Although she has no blockbuster Bard thesis to prove, her introduction is an exemplary account of what is known about Shakespeare and how his work has been read and regarded through the centuries, while the individual essays display scrupulous and subtle close reading. It is well known that Romeo and Juliet's first lines to each other form a sonnet, but Garber adds that it reverses the Petrarchan tradition of unrequited love: it is "a sonnet that works. It results in a kiss."
Copyright © 2005 The New Yorker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Bookmarks Magazine
Remember the last time you read a work of literary criticism and actually understood it? The tide has changed with Shakespeare After All. Forgoing cultural studies jargon for an eclectic approach that draws from gender studies, post-colonial theory, and Elizabethan stage history, Garber focuses on close, erudite readings of the Bards work. Comparing her tome to Harold Blooms Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human (1998), critics agree that Garber is more readable and enjoyable; Stephen Greenblatts Will in the World (**** Nov/Dec 2004) will give her a run for the money, however. A few reviewers wondered why Garber omitted discussion of Shakespeares sonnets and poems; others criticized the books significant length. Yet, until "somebody even smarter than Garber comes along with a 1,200-pager, this is the indispensable introduction to the indispensable writer" (Newsweek).Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Earlier reviews of this book say there is no table of contents on the kindle version. There is; it is simply hard to find because it is not correctly linked. Go to the "cover" (not the "beginning") and page through about 10 pages until you get to the TOC. Bookmark it.
Remember: Shakespeare wrote *plays* not novels -- see it first. Teachers who flog their students through page after page of reading (and footnotes) without having first enjoyed the play as a play quite mistake the matter. Likewise, teachers who assign No Fear Shakespeare - translating Shakespeare? Come now, we don't read it for the plots...
Shakespeare After All provides just the right amount of background knowledge, appreciation of the good jokes, and political and historical context to move on to the next level of appreciating -- and more importantly, enjoying -- Shakespeare's plays.
The book grew out of a series of lectures which are also excellent.
My only problem is that I bought it on my Kindle and the navigation is not fun - it is a book you consult or dip into, according to your need, and Kindle makes that very difficult.
examines each of the 38 plays from "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" through "The Two Noble Kinsman." Her work is detailed and insightful for anyone who seeks more knowledge and understanding of Shakepeare and his plays. As we explore Shakespeare we also learn more about what it is to be human being in the world!
Garber writes about each play as she analyzes the characters and their motivation; the history of the play's production and how the play is related to other plays and characters in the Shakespearean canon. Along the way we learn the derivation of words used by the bard; what was going on in England and the world at the time the play was written and such various topics as sumptuary laws (dealing with clothing); class structure and the growth of the English language.
Shakespeare's life is covered in an insightful introduction.
Marjorie Garber must be a brilliant person to listen to in the lecture hall! I wish these insighful looks at each play would be available in tape format! Her book is a classic which should be required reading for anyone teaching Shakespeare in high school, college and adult education classes.
I was fascinated by her depth of scholarship and ability to relate Shakespeare to our day. My highest appreciation to this wonderful book on our great treasure of poetry and the art of
drama William Shakespeare!