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This Is Shakespeare 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 Else.Is This Shakespeare Well, Sort Of.But 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 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 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 368 pages
  • This Is Shakespeare
  • Emma Smith
  • English
  • 01 March 2019
  • 9780241392157

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About the Author: Emma Smith

See this thread for information.Emma 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 include Macbeth Language and Writing 2013 , The Cambridge Shakespeare Guide Cambridge, 2012 and Shakespeare s First Folio Four Centuries of an Iconic Book 2016.

10 thoughts on “This Is Shakespeare

  1. says:

    Shakespeare has always seemed so 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 I blame school My memory of Macbeth 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 anything than answers at that point No space to think or explore When I came to study Greek tragedy at uni, I found something new That plays are about questions, not answers 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 who does really 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 ...

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    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 ask questions 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 ...

  4. 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...

  5. says:

    A must read

  6. says:

    An absolutely brilliant book, abounding in unexpected insights on almost every page.Emma Smith wears her knowledge lightly and writes in a swift, lucid style that always carries the reader along as she unfolds her arguments Her essays about Shakespeare s comedies The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night s Dream, Much Ado, and Twelfth Night and the late plays The Winter s Tale and The Tempest are particularly compelling.In the epilogue, Smith pauses for a moment to consider the other books that might have emerged from her writing rather than the present one a literary biography of Shakespeare, or a look at the theatrical history of Shakespeare s plays, or an exploration of early modern engagement with the works Here s hoping she ll tackle one of these things as her next Shakes...

  7. says:

    Emma Smith is a distinguished academic, but this is the attempt to reach a wider audience without sacrificing scholarship or stringency She takes twenty of the best known plays and has a short 10 pages chapter on each, though these can range quite widely over the canon as a whole There s always something enlivening and illuminating perhaps ...

  8. says:

    Not sure I would have bought this had I realised that these chapters were mostly recycled from Emma Smith s lectures on her brilliant podcast series of Approaching Shakespeare give it take a few bits So...

  9. says:

    Utterly brilliant Hugely useful for English teachers, and really interesting for anyone who wants to learn or to think deeply about Shakespeare.

  10. says:

    An interesting take on some of the popular of Shakespeare s plays The audio was well read and engaging, but I think I might have gained from reading the book itself

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