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Family Life in the Age of Shakespeare Bruce W. Young

Family Life in the Age of Shakespeare

Bruce W. Young

Published December 30th 2008
ISBN : 9780313342394
Hardcover
264 pages
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From the star-crossed romance of Romeo and Juliet to Othellos misguided murder of Desdemona to the betrayal of King Lear by his daughters, family life is central to Shakespeares dramas. This book helps students learn about family life inMoreFrom the star-crossed romance of Romeo and Juliet to Othellos misguided murder of Desdemona to the betrayal of King Lear by his daughters, family life is central to Shakespeares dramas. This book helps students learn about family life in Shakespeares England and in his plays. The book begins with an overview of the roots of Renaissance family life in the classical era and Middle Ages. This is followed by an extended consideration of family life in Elizabethan England. The book then explores how Shakespeare treats family life in his plays. Later chapters then examine how productions of his plays have treated scenes related to family life, and how scholars and critics have responded to family life in his works. The volume closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources.The volume begins with a look at the classical and medieval background of family life in the Early Modern era. This is followed by a sustained discussion of family life in Shakespeares world. The book then examines issues related to family life across a broad range of Shakespeares works. Later chapters then examine how productions of the plays have treated scenes concerning family life, and how scholars and critics have commented on family life in Shakespeares writings. The volume closes with a bibliography of print and electronic resources for student research. Students of literature will value this book for its illumination of critical scenes in Shakespeares works, while students in social studies and history courses will appreciate its use of Shakespeare to explore daily life in the Elizabethan age.