Experiencing Drama in the English Renaissance: Readers and Audeinces / Yamada, Akihiro (Routledge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture) 272pp Routledge, 2017:05 Hardback 9781138719132 ￡105.00
This book investigates the complex interactions, through experiencing drama, of readers and audiences in the English Renaissance
The Routledge Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature / Keilen, Sean & Moschovakis, Nick. 400pp, Routledge, 2017:04 9781472417404 Hd￡150.00
In this wide-ranging and ambitiously conceived Research Companion, contributors explore Shakespeare’s relationship to the classic in two broad senses. The essays analyze Shakespeare’s specific debts to classical works and weigh his classicism’s likeness and unlikeness to that of others in his time; they also evaluate the effects of that classical influence to assess the extent to which it is connected with whatever qualities still make Shakespeare, himself, a classic (arguably the classic) of modern world literature and drama.
Shakespeare's Roman Trilogy: The Twilight of the Ancient World Cantor, Paul A. 320pp. Chicago UP, 2017:06 9780226462516 Pap \3,660
Paul A. Cantor first probed Shakespeare’s Roman plays - Coriolanus, Julius Caeser, and Antony and Cleopatra - in his landmark Shakespeare’s Rome (1976). With Shakespeare’s Roman Trilogy, he now argues that these plays form an integrated trilogy that portrays the tragedy not simply of their protagonists but of an entire political community.
Henry David Thoreau: A Life / Walls, Laura Dassow. 640 pp. Chicago UP, 2017:07 9780226344690 Hd \4,270
Many books have taken up various aspects of Thoreau’s character has never been captured between covers; he was too quixotic, mischievous, many-sided.” Two hundred years after his birth, and two generations after the last full-scale biography, Walls restores Henry David Thoreau to us in all his profound, inspiring complexity.□□