This Is Shakespeare




      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. Read This Is Shakespeare by Emma Smith – heartforum.co.uk

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformation.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.

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      This Is Shakespeare
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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • This Is Shakespeare
  • Emma Smith
  • 13 July 2018
  • 024136163X

10 thoughts on “ This Is Shakespeare

  1. Jan-Maat 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 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, Twe...

  2. Emma 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 Shakespeare has always seemed so unappro...

  3. Eleanor 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...

  4. Lucy says:

    3.5

  5. Wouter 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 ...

  6. Benjamin Stahl 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 intere...

  7. Mike Grundy 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.

  8. Miss Potter says:

    A must read

  9. Andrew says:

    Covering 20 plays in a conversational style, Emma Smith s discussions are multi layered, honing down on early modern and generic conventions that seam the differing genres history, romcom, tragedy picking up on the balances of structure and the types of heroine and villain, while giving a reasonable nod to the language, especially where it promotes the generic type She refers to Shakespeare s sources, and she develops tropes and themes between plays where they illuminate similitude or Covering 20 plays in a conversational style, Emma Smith s discussions are multi layered, honing down on early modern and generic conventions that seam the differing genres history, romcom, tragedy picking up on the balances of structure and the types of heroine and villain, while giving a reasonable nod to the language, especially where it promotes the generic type She refers to Shakespeare s sources, and she develops tropes and themes between plays where they illuminate similitude or development of the canon.Often the discussion is based on perspe...

  10. Bookthesp1 says:

    I enjoyed this witty, chatty but still scholarly take on the plays that the author likes with no grand theory and no definitive take on what Shakespeare meant when writing them Smiths book is handsomely produced in the Pelican format signalling a serious book but I am glad to say it doesn t take itself too seriously Smiths main insight is Shakespeare s gappiness his plays have possibly deliberate gaps where things are not explained Hence, this invites interpretation and discussion as I enjoyed this witty, chatty but still scholarly take on the plays that the author likes with no grand theory and no definitive take on what Shakespeare meant when writing them Smiths book is handsomely produced in the Pelican format signalling a serious book but I am glad to say it doesn t take itself too seriously Smiths main insight is Shakespeare s gappiness his plays have possibly deliberate gaps where things are not explained Hence, this invites interpretation and discussion as natural Smith is also clear that Shakespeare wanted to make the audience think they were ahead of the game by often being in on the joke which allowed him some freedom for complexityHence ...

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