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Shakespeare and the classics /
edited by Charles Martindale and A. B. Taylor
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New York : Cambridge, 2004.
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xiii, 319 p.
ISBN
0521823455 (HB)
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imprint
New York : Cambridge, 2004.
isbn
0521823455 (HB)
catalogue key
5213381
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-03-01:
Was Shakespeare's knowledge of the Greco-Roman classics limited by his "small Latine & lesse Greeke"? Not according to Martindale (Univ. of Bristol, UK) and Taylor (retired, The Swansea Institute), who predicate their collection on the "principle ... that the classics are of central importance in Shakespeare's works and in the structure of his imagination." Indeed, they argue, through the classics, Shakespeare "explore(d) such crucial areas of human experience as love, politics, ethics, and history." The editors offer 16 essays in support of this contention--an introductory essay on humanism, three essays on Ovid, one on Virgil, two on Plautus and Terence, two on Seneca, two on Plutarch, three on the Greeks, and two on the reception of Shakespeare's classicism. The crown jewel comes last: Joanna Paul's bibliography. Paul begins with works pertaining to Shakespeare's general approach to antiquity, then focuses on works that involve Shakespeare's relationship to individual classical authors (e.g., 21 entries linking Shakespeare and Seneca). Finally, she proceeds through Shakespeare's corpus work by work, listing under each critical studies that take a classical approach to it. This enriching book furnishes foundational knowledge that Shakespeare students must know. It belongs in every library's core Shakespeare holdings. ^BSumming Up: Essential. All collections; all levels. M. W. Price Grove City College
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Review of the hardback: 'Shakespeare and the Classics is a rich volume of essays and a valuable successor to Charles and Michelle Matindale's Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity (1990), and to many more specialized studies ...'. Times Literary Supplement
'Charles Martindale and A. B. Taylor's new collection of essays on Shakespeare and the classics is a welcome contribution to this new wave of scholarship by a group of critics well-known in the field ... The essays ... help capture the truly original characteristic of Shakespeare's imagination as it interacts with the past that nourished it. The tradition that emerges through these essays is itself a living and growing force, a conversation that continues today.' Maggie Kilgour, International Journal of the Classical Tradition
'Shakespeare and the Classics is a rich volume of essays and a valuable successor to Charles and Michelle Matindale's Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity (1990), and to many more specialized studies ...'. Times Literary Supplement
'Shakespeare and the Classics is a rich volume of essays ...' Times Literary Supplement
"The volume as a whole is superbly innovative and serves as an encouraging call to other scholars--both classical and Shakespearean--to continue the work it has so auspiciously begun." Joanna A. Giuttari, Renaissance Quarterly
'This enriching book furnishes foundational knowledge that Shakespeare students must know. It belongs in every library's core Shakespeare holdings.' Choice
"Charles Martindale and A. B. Taylor's new collection of essays on Shakespeare and the Classics is a welcome contribution to this new wave of scholarship by a group of critics well-known in the field...The essays...help capture the truly original characteristic of Shakespeare's imagination as it interacts with the past that nourished it. The tradition that emerges through these essays is itself a living and growing force, a conversation that continues today." -Maggie Kilgour, Department of English, McGill University, International Journal of the Classic Tradition
"This enriching book furnishes foundational knowledge that Shakespeare students must know. It belongs in every library's core Shakespeare holdings. Essential." Choice
'This volume is a welcome addition to the Shakespearian shelf.' Dana F. Sutton, The Classical Bulletin
"This volume is a welcome addition to the Shakespearian shelf." -Dana F. Sutton, The University of California, Irvine, The Classical Bulletin
Review of the hardback: 'This enriching book furnishes foundational knowledge that Shakespeare students must know. It belongs in every library's core Shakespeare holdings.' Choice
'Shakespeare and the Classics is a rich volume of essays and a valuable successor to Charles and Michelle Martindale's Shakespeare and the Uses of Antiquity (1990), and to many more specialized studies ...' Times Literary Supplement
"If you think that a book called Shakespeare and the Classics cannot be original or challenging, you are wrong. Charles Martindale and A.B. Taylor edit essays by various scholars, some established, some just starting out, that will set you to rethinking Seneca, Plutarch, Plautus, and others on whom Shakespeare relied...Stimulating." - Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissance
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Shakespeare and the Classics demonstrates that the classics are of central importance in Shakespeare's plays and in the structure of his imagination. Written by an international team of Shakespeareans and classicists, this book investigates Shakespeare's classicism and shows how he used a variety of classical books to explore such crucial areas of human experience as love, politics, ethics, and history. The book focuses on Shakespeare's favourite classical authors, especially Ovid, Virgil, Seneca, Plautus and Terence, and, in translation only, Plutarch. Attention is also paid to the humanist background and to Shakespeare's knowledge of Greek literature and culture. The final section, from the perspective of reception, examines how Shakespeare's classicism was seen and used by later writers. This accessible book offers the most rounded and comprehensive treatment of Shakespeare's classicism currently available and will be a useful first port of call for students and others approaching the subject.
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Shakespeare and the Classics demonstrates that the classics are of central importance in Shakespeare's plays and in the structure of his imagination. Written by an international team of Shakespeareans and classicists, this book investigates Shakespeare's classicism and shows how he used a variety of classical books to explore such crucial areas of human experience as love, politics, ethics, and history. It offers the most rounded and comprehensive treatment of Shakespeare's classicism currently available and will be a useful first port of call for students and others approaching the subject.
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Shakespeare and the Classics demonstrates that the classics are of central importance in Shakespeare's plays and in the structure of his imagination. Written by an international team of Shakespeareans and classicists, this book offers the most rounded and comprehensive treatment of Shakespeare's classicism currently available.
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This book demonstrates that the classics are of central importance in Shakespeare's plays and in the structure of his imagination. It investigates Shakespeare's classicism and shows how he used a variety of classical books to explore crucial areas of human experience such as love, politics, ethics and history.
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Compiled by an international team of Shakespeareans and classicists, this study investigates Shakespeare's classicism and demonstrates how he used a variety of classical books to explore such crucial areas of human experience as love, politics, ethics, and history. It offers a comprehensive analysis of Shakespeare's classicism that will also serve as a useful introduction for students and others approaching the subject for the first time.
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Written by a team of Shakespeareans and classicists, this book investigates Shakespeare's classicism and shows how he used a variety of classical books to explore crucial areas of human experience such as love, politics, ethics, and history.
Main Description
Shakespeare and the Classics demonstrates that the classics are of central importance in Shakespeare's plays and in the structure of his imagination. Written by an international team of Shakespeareans and classicists, this book investigates Shakespeare's classicism and shows how he used a variety of classical books to explore such crucial areas of human experience as love, politics, ethics, and history. Originally published in 2004, the book focuses on Shakespeare's favourite classical authors, especially Ovid, Virgil, Seneca, Plautus and Terence, and, in translation only, Plutarch. Attention is also paid to the humanist background and to Shakespeare's knowledge of Greek literature and culture. The final section, from the perspective of reception, examines how Shakespeare's classicism was seen and used by later writers. This accessible book offers a rounded and comprehensive treatment of Shakespeare's classicism and will be a useful first port of call for students and others approaching the subject.
Main Description
Shakespeare and the Classics demonstrates that the classics are of central importance in Shakespeare's plays and in the structure of his imagination. Written by an international team of Shakespeareans and classicists, this book investigates Shakespeare's classicism and shows how he used a variety of classical books to explore crucial areas of human experience such as love, politics, ethics and history. The book focuses on Shakespeare's favourite classical authors, especially Ovid, Virgil, Seneca, Plautus and Terence, and, in translation only, Plutarch. Attention is also paid to the humanist background and to Shakespeare's knowledge of Greek literature and culture. The final section, from the perspective of reception, examines how Shakespeare's classicism was seen and used by later writers. This accessible book offers a rounded and comprehensive treatment of Shakespeare's classicism and will be a useful first port of call for students and others approaching the subject.
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Shakespeare and the Classics demonstrates that the classics are of central importance in Shakespeare's plays and in the structure of his imagination. Written by an international team of Shakespeareans and classicists, this 2004 book offers a rounded and comprehensive treatment of Shakespeare's classicism.
Table of Contents
Notes on contributorsp. x
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
An Initial Perspective
Shakespeare and humanistic culturep. 9
'Small Latine'
Ovid
Petruchio is 'Kated': The Taming of the Shrew and Ovidp. 33
Ovid's myths and the unsmooth course of love in A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 49
Shakespeare's learned heroines in Ovid's schoolroomp. 66
Virgil
Shakespeare and Virgilp. 89
Plautus and Terence
Shakespeare's reception of Plautus reconsideredp. 109
Shakespeare, Plautus, and the discovery of New Comic spacep. 122
Seneca
'Confusion now hath made his masterpiece': Senecan resonances in Macbethp. 141
'These are the only men': Seneca and monopoly in Hamlet 2.2p. 156
'Lesse Greek'
Plutarch
'Character' in Plutarch and Shakespeare: Brutus, Julius Caesar, and Mark Antonyp. 173
Plutarch, Shakespeare, and the alpha malesp. 188
General
Action at a Distance: Shakespeare and the Greeksp. 209
Greek Romances
Shakespeare and Greek romance: 'Like an old tale still'p. 225
Greek Tragedy
Shakespeare and Greek tragedy: strange relationshipp. 241
The Reception of Shakespeare's Classicism
'The English Homer': Shakespeare, Longinus, and English 'neo-classicism'p. 261
'There is no end but addition': the later reception of Shakespeare's classicismp. 277
Select bibliographyp. 294
Indexp. 311
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