This Is Shakespeare: How to Read the World’s Greatest Playwright

This Is Shakespeare: How to Read the World’s Greatest Playwright➹ [Download] ➵ This Is Shakespeare: How to Read the World’s Greatest Playwright By Emma Smith ➼ – Tbjewellers.co.uk A genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision, originality and literary mastery Who wrote like an angel, Shakespeare: How PDF/EPUB Ä A genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision, originality and literary mastery Who wrote like an angel, putting it all so much better than anyone elseIs this Shakespeare Well, sort ofBut it doesn t really tell us the whole truth So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true, or just not relevant, deflecting us This Is MOBI :´ from investigating the challenges of his inconsistencies and flaws This electrifying new book thrives on revealing, not resolving, the ambiguities of Shakespeare s plays and their changing topicality It introduces an intellectually, theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid, with economics as much as poetry who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency, privacy, politics, celebrity and sex It takes us into a world of Is Shakespeare: How ePUB ´ politicking and copy catting, as we watch him emulating the blockbusters of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd, the Spielberg and Tarantino of their day flirting with and skirting round the cut throat issues of succession politics, religious upheaval and technological change The Shakespeare in this book poses awkward questions rather than offering bland answers, always implicating us in working out what it might mean This is Shakespeare And he needs your attention.

Shakespeare: How PDF/EPUB Ä Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformationEmma Smith is Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Oxford She has lectured widely in the UK and beyond on the First Folio and on Shakespeare and early modern drama Her research interests include the methodology of writing about theatre, and developing analogies between cinema, film theory and early modern performance Her recent publications This Is MOBI :´ include Macbeth Language and Writing , The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide Cambridge, and Shakespeare s First Folio Four Centuries of an Iconic Book .

This Is Shakespeare: How to Read the World’s Greatest
    PDF Reader for the Connected World t really tell us the whole truth So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true, or just not relevant, deflecting us This Is MOBI :´ from investigating the challenges of his inconsistencies and flaws This electrifying new book thrives on revealing, not resolving, the ambiguities of Shakespeare s plays and their changing topicality It introduces an intellectually, theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid, with economics as much as poetry who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency, privacy, politics, celebrity and sex It takes us into a world of Is Shakespeare: How ePUB ´ politicking and copy catting, as we watch him emulating the blockbusters of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd, the Spielberg and Tarantino of their day flirting with and skirting round the cut throat issues of succession politics, religious upheaval and technological change The Shakespeare in this book poses awkward questions rather than offering bland answers, always implicating us in working out what it might mean This is Shakespeare And he needs your attention."/>
  • Paperback
  • 349 pages
  • This Is Shakespeare: How to Read the World’s Greatest Playwright
  • Emma Smith
  • English
  • 18 January 2019
  • 024136163X

10 thoughts on “This Is Shakespeare: How to Read the World’s Greatest Playwright

  1. says:

    This is Shakespeare is a delightful easy reading book.Emma Smith argues that Shakespeare remains continually interesting because his plays are incomplete, plot holes and unanswered questions allowing thinking space for audiences and performers throughout the generations The book contains twenty chapters each about a different play view spoiler The taming of the Shrew, Richard III, the comedy of errors, Richard II, Romeo Juliet, A Misummer night s dream, The merchant of venice, 1 Henry IV This is Shakespeare is a delightful easy reading book.Emma Smith argues that Shakespeare remains continually interesting because his plays are incomplete, plot holes and unanswered questions allowing thinking space for audiences and performers throughout the generations The book contains twenty chapters each about a different play view spoiler The taming of the Shrew, Richard III, the comedy of errors, Richard II, Romeo Juliet, A Misummer night s dream, The merchant of venice, 1 Henry IV, much ado about Nothing, Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Twelfth night, Measure for measure, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony Cleopatra, Coriolanus, the winter s tale, The Tempesthide spoiler and an epilogue because it is Shakespearian and she does not take a consistent line through all these chapters but picks up on different issues as prompted by the play, so in Richard II she looks at character, observing that Richard behaves as if he is in a tragedy and so is fatalistic, while his rival acts as though he is in a history play and is dynamic, she draws our attention here to language too, once that rival takes the throne he begins to use end rhymes in his speeches so he sounds like an insincere politician view spoiler apologies for the tautology hide spoiler And smith shows how Shakespeare invented the sequel and the spin off to accommodate the popularity of the Falstaff character from 1 Henry IV In other places Smith looks at the actors, that companies had fewer actors than the plays had parts, that Shakespeare later on had an actor who could play adult female parts convincingly allowing him to devise the character of Cleopatra there were only male actors allowed on stage at the time While in a Merchant of Venice, she looks at the language of commerce and the commercialisation of relationships Macbeth reminds her of the Anatomy of Melancholy, it becomes a play playing with ideas of motivation and causation Throughout she looks at changing interpretations, sometimes driven by what is known about Shakespeare s life It is a thoroughly entertaining exploration This review is really all about the updates

  2. says:

    Shakespeare has always seemed inherently unapproachable to me, layers of meaning mired in incomprehensible conversations that I had no means of untangling Everything about his plays felt decided Treasured, they sat on a high pedestal, presented as the most sublime expression of English language and literature There to be adored Nothing about them made for the likes of me My memory of studying Macbeth at secondary school is part terror at being called on to read aloud and part boredom at lea Shakespeare has always seemed inherently unapproachable to me, layers of meaning mired in incomprehensible conversations that I had no means of untangling Everything about his plays felt decided Treasured, they sat on a high pedestal, presented as the most sublime expression of English language and literature There to be adored Nothing about them made for the likes of me My memory of studying Macbeth at secondary school is part terror at being called on to read aloud and part boredom at learning by rote what this symbolises or that means There was no room, and probably no time, for anythingthan answers at that point No space to think or explore When I started to discover Greek tragedy at uni, I found something new That plays are about questions, not answers It came as a revelation And this is what Emma Smith brings to Shakespeare a way in She demolishes the idea of perfection and highlights the gappiness of the plays She gives permission to not understand it all, because nobody does Who can when the reader audience is such an integral part of the experience And who says there s a right way to read something anyway She brings in conflicts change, opening up varied ways of thinking about themes or characters or plot She doesn t say, this is what to think Instead she asks, ponders, offers, argues, suggests what happens if you take this aspect and look at it like this or see how this could belike unlike than you d think It s intriguing More than that, it presents an opportunity Because the author repeatedly asks what I think, I want to know too It took less than 2 chapters for me to download Shakespeare s collected works And the change in my reading was incredible, it was fun instead of oppressive Do I still have problems with the language Oh yes But now I can both tackle it and see beyond it Obviously, this is a fantastic resource for students But Emma Smith ensures that anyone from the complete beginner to the seasoned reader watcher of Shakespeare can find something within She writes engagingly throughout, balancing humour and wit with thought provoking argument Considering the considerable number of Shakespeare retellings popular in fiction these days, there s clear evidence that something in these stories continues to capture our attention, and this book is an interesting and accessible way in to those original works It takes you beyond the classroom, bringing you close enough to the stage to feel part of the production and maybe, finally, to see why some people consider Shakespeare THE greatest writer and dramatist though I still prefer the Greek plays, sorry Shakespeare ARC via Netgalley

  3. says:

    Smith is probably best known as the academic whose recorded lectures form the podcast series Approaching Shakespeare, which you can get from iTunes I went to them live, as an undergrad, which is saying something because no English students went to lectures after about third week Her book s thesis is that we should read Shakespeare, not because he s an immortal genius or whatever the propagandistic nonsense du jour is, but because his plays are weird they re gappy, ambivalent, they askSmith is probably best known as the academic whose recorded lectures form the podcast series Approaching Shakespeare, which you can get from iTunes I went to them live, as an undergrad, which is saying something because no English students went to lectures after about third week Her book s thesis is that we should read Shakespeare, not because he s an immortal genius or whatever the propagandistic nonsense du jour is, but because his plays are weird they re gappy, ambivalent, they askquestions than they answer Each chapter deals with a single question arising from one of the plays they re not all covered here, but there s a good spread Lucid, accessible, and fresh, this would be just as perfect for someone who s slightly anxious about Shakespeare, as for someone who already loves his work

  4. says:

    When I took English Literature classes at school, studying a Shakespeare play was de rigueur And I can t say I disliked that Quite the contrary I took a worryingly nerdish pleasure in comparing different editions of Julius Caesar and Macbeth, reading every last footnote, looking up difficult essays on the plays And yet, this precocious enthusiasm failed to translate into love for the Bard It pains me to admit that besides these two plays, my knowledge of other works by Shakespeare works When I took English Literature classes at school, studying a Shakespeare play was de rigueur And I can t say I disliked that Quite the contrary I took a worryingly nerdish pleasure in comparing different editions of Julius Caesar and Macbeth, reading every last footnote, looking up difficult essays on the plays And yet, this precocious enthusiasm failed to translate into love for the Bard It pains me to admit that besides these two plays, my knowledge of other works by Shakespeare works is limited to the few productions and movie adaptations I ve watched over the years I have occasionally attempted to read other plays of his, but it always seems too daunting a prospect.In her introduction to This is Shakespeare, Professor Emma Smith highlights this problematic aspect of the playwright Precisely because he is so often presented as an undisputed genius, Shakespeare too often comes across as a figure to admire rather than love Smith, however, argues that what makes Shakespeare so contemporary and relevant is not that he is some sort of prophet, but because his plays are gappy , leaving much to interpretation, and allowing us to project onto them differing and sometimes diametrically opposite views Just by way of example, it is surprising to note how rare it is for Shakespeare to physically describe his characters, thus giving free rein to a director s or reader s imagination Smith s book started life as a series of lectures podcasts and while the playwright s gappiness remains an overarching theme, the book s twenty chapters and epilogue are dedicated to specific plays and can be enjoyed as self contained essays Indeed, Smith herself suggests that for many of her readers, this will be a book to dip into , perhaps before going to watch a specific play The chapters provide intriguing insights and,often than not, a discussion of one work leads Smith to investigate ageneral subject For instance, The Taming of the Shrew unsurprisingly prompts a discussion about Shakespeare s views on women and marriage, whereas the essay on The Merchant of Venice explores the themes of business contracts and the play s inherent homoeroticism Smith s approach is fresh and engaging She wears her scholarship and erudition lightly, and does not deem it beneath her to cite pop culture to drive home her points she is just as likely to refer to Homer Simpson or to an episode in the sitcom Friends as to an avant garde Shakespeare production Throughout, her message is at once iconoclastic and enthusiastic by taking Shakespeare off his pedestal, we might learn to love his works .https endsoftheword.blogspot.com 20

  5. says:

    Emma Smith s collection of essays about 20 Shakespeare plays is serious, funny, acerbic, refreshing, witty, stimulating and at times outright provocative, but perhaps not always the easiest introduction to Shakespeare Instead, Smith serves as a wonderful companion to catch up with after going to the theatre, or when you re reading your favourite play and you want to gaininsight into Shakespeare and what makes him still relevant today What s so good about Smith is that she doesn t revere Emma Smith s collection of essays about 20 Shakespeare plays is serious, funny, acerbic, refreshing, witty, stimulating and at times outright provocative, but perhaps not always the easiest introduction to Shakespeare Instead, Smith serves as a wonderful companion to catch up with after going to the theatre, or when you re reading your favourite play and you want to gaininsight into Shakespeare and what makes him still relevant today What s so good about Smith is that she doesn t revere his work as epitomes of perfection, but as works written under time constraints, which often needed to be reworked or changed Warmly recommended to Shakespeare enthusiasts

  6. says:

    I love Emma Smith s The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide, so I was nothing short of excited to dive into this new book In this one, the author shows her critical views on a portion of the playwright s works What I loved the most about This is Shakespeare is that Smith clings on the smaller plots for her chapters, for instance the murder of Cinna, the poet, in Caesar which is a very short scene in the play the whole arc with Portia s caskets in Merchant Shakespeare s farewell to the theater wit I love Emma Smith s The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide, so I was nothing short of excited to dive into this new book In this one, the author shows her critical views on a portion of the playwright s works What I loved the most about This is Shakespeare is that Smith clings on the smaller plots for her chapters, for instance the murder of Cinna, the poet, in Caesar which is a very short scene in the play the whole arc with Portia s caskets in Merchant Shakespeare s farewell to the theater with Tempest instead of focusing on the play s common post colonialist discussions Her arguments might not be anything new to people who have been studying the Bard for a while, but as I m fairly new to the subject, a bunch of it felt very refreshing to me I learned a lot reading this it gave me a lot to think about and I got to see most plays through a new lens and even though it doesn t cover all of Shakespeare s plays, it still ended up as one of my favorite books on his career Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for granting me a digital copy in exchange of an honest review

  7. says:

    Not quite the quintessential Shakespeare companion I was hoping for, but a fun and enjoyable read all the same Made me appreciate what a great play Julius Caesar was even , and has aroused a particular interest to read King Lear and also give The Tempest another go, which I naturally hated in high school.

  8. says:

    Excellent short essays on 20 of the most popular Shakespeare plays It s not a deeply technical analysis for academics, butfor ordinary readers It gave me a different perspective on some of the plays I love, and includes ideas about different ways of dramatisation, attitudes of the day, and the openness of interpretation that I would never have expected from seeing recent performances.

  9. says:

    A trifle on the woke side of things to fully enjoy, but nonetheless provided some interesting insights and was easy enough to dip in and out of here and there.

  10. says:

    A must read

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