- Series: The Basics
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (June 5, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 041521288X
- ISBN-13: 978-0415212885
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,944,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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McEvoy (English and drama, Vardean Coll., UK) provides an up-to-date introduction to Shakespeare. He covers all of the basics, even explaining how to find a line citation. Part 1 concentrates on the text and covers Shakespeare's language, stage action in the 16th century, and the plays as performance pieces. Part 2 covers five play genres, including romance and mixed-genre plays. McEvoy clearly identifies his critical approach as new historicism and cultural materialism influenced by feminist ideas. Yet he does not exclude traditional, psychoanalytical, or performance study approaches from his discussion, emphasizing that there is more than one way to study and enjoy Shakespeare's works. The book effectively summarizes the current status of Shakespeare masterpieces, meets McEvoy's goal of preparing students for college-level courses, and covers more ground than Shakespeare for Dummies (LJ 7/99). Suggestions for additional study are included. This is recommended for all public and academic libraries.
-Shana C. Fair, Ohio Univ. Lib., Zanesville
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"I feel sure that reading McEvoy's' Basics' will add to the enjoyment that can be derived from watching or reading Shakespeare's plays."
- English Teaching
"A strong, systematic, and ideologically unbiased introduction to Shakespeare, bound to deepen any reader's appreciation for the great playwright, and particularly suited to prepare college freshmen for deeper reading of Elizabethan drama."
-"Kirkus Reviews, April 2000
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Throughout the book, McEvoy takes time to discuss such topics as:
Play-texts in Shakespearean drama; the Great Chain of Being theological concept on how society is organized; Women and Sex in the plays (all female roles were played by boys in the Elizabethan theatre), London in the sixteenth century; the playhouses on the south side of the Thames and
the varous theatrical companies of the era.
McEvoy has a fascinating chapter dealing with the way Shakespeare has been treated in modern film. I especially enjoyed his treatment of Kenneth Branagh's complete text of Hamlet in his filmed version of the tragedy.
McEvoy is most useful in the chapters he devotes to the plays.
a. Understanding Comedy: commentary on "The Taming of the Shrew"; "A Midsummer's Night Dream"; "Measure for Measure"; "The Merchant of Venice"
and "Twelfth Night." He discusses the major themes, characters and provides useful thoughts on these masterpieces as he does those for:
b. Understanding history-Plays examined are "Richard II"; "Henry IV" and
c. Understanding Tragedy: "Hamlet"; "King Lear"; "Macbeth" and "Othello."
d. Understanding Romance: "The Winter's Tale". and "The Tempest."
This is a very useful tool in understanding Shakespeare, his plays, audience and presentation on stage and on film. Recommended.