William Shakespeare's Macbeth: A Sourcebook

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Alexander Leggatt
Taylor & Francis, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 197 pages
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William Shakespeare's Macbeth is a timeless tale of love, greed and power, which has given rise to heated debates around such issues as the representation of gender roles, political violence and the dramatisation of evil.

Taking the form of a sourcebook, this guide to Shakespeare's play presents:

  • extensive introductory comment on the contexts, critical history and performance of the text, from publication to present
  • annotated extracts from key contextual documents, reviews, critical works and the text itself
  • cross-references between documents and sections of the guide, in order to suggest links between texts, contexts and criticism
  • suggestions for further reading.

Part of the Routledge Guides to Literature series, this volume is essential reading for all those beginning detailed study of Macbeth and seeking not only a guide to the play, but a way through the wealth of contextual and critical material that surrounds Shakespeare's text.

 

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Contents

Editors Note
5
Contextual Overview
7
Source
13
Contemporary Documents
25
From Thomas Dekker John Ford and William Rowley The Witch
32
Interpretations
40
Modern Criticism
58
Studies in Shakespeares Major
65
From Peter Thomson Shakespeares Theatre 1983
96
From David Garricks adaptation of Macbeth 1744
106
Trevor Nunns Macbeth for Television
113
Introduction
123
Macbeth hesitates Lady Macbeth breaks his reluctance
143
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth react to the murder
150
The witches cauldron the riddling prophecies
162
Lady Macduff and her son
171

Lady Macbeths Amenorrhea
71
Traditions and Taboos in High
77
From Stephen Greenblatt Shakespeare Bewitched 1994
83
Introduction
89
Lady Macbeth sleepwalks
177
Recommended Editions of Macbeth
189
Index
195
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About the author (2006)

Alexander Leggatt is Professor of English at University College, University of Toronto. He has published many books and articles on Shakespeare and ahs won an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto.

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