Stanley wells is honorary president of the shakespeare birthplace trust professor emeritus at the university of birmingham and the author of a number of books about shakespeare including shakespeare sex and love oup 2010 shakespeare and co penguin 2007 and william shakespeare a very short introduction oup 2015 he is general editor of the oxford shakespeare and penguin . Shakespeares tragedies a very short introduction considers what is meant by the word tragedy offering a critical analysis of nine of shakespeares iconic tragic plays it concludes by discussing why tragedy is regarded as a fit subject for entertainment and why audiences find tragic plays so enjoyable. Shakespeares tragedies a very short introduction stanley wells very short introductions analyses nine of shakespeares most famous tragedies including othello hamlet macbeth king lear and antony and cleopatra considers shakespeares tragedies in the context of their own time exploring the influence of contemporary literary and . In this very short introduction stanley wells considers what is meant by the word tragedy and discusses nine of shakespeares iconic tragic plays he explores how the early definitions and theoretical discussions of the concept of tragedy in shakespeares time would have influenced these plays along with the literary influence of seneca. Get this from a library shakespeares tragedies a very short introduction stanley wells tragedy including grief pain and suffering is a common theme in shakespeares plays often leading to the death of at least one character if not several yet such themes can also be found in
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