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Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Woods, Gillian (2012) Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet. Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230222069.

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Book synopsis: Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies and has provoked a rich diversity of interpretations. Definitively passionate, it is much more than the archetypal love story: the play tests the limits of tragedy and comedy, challenges gender roles and explores the nature of language. In this Reader's Guide, Gillian Woods: • surveys key critical responses to Romeo and Juliet, from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century • plots a clear route through the vast array of debates, identifying chronological and thematic connections and explaining contexts • investigates major issues and approaches such as deconstruction, psychoanalytical criticism, feminism and queer theory • discusses film adaptations, including Baz Luhrmann's 1996 box-office hit William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Authoritative and accessible, this invaluable Guide provides students, teachers and researchers with a panorama of the play's critical history in all its dynamic variety.

Item Type: Book
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Arts > English and Humanities
Depositing User: Gillian Woods
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2012 11:32
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2014 14:59

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