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Shakespeare in the Nineteenth Century


Gail Marshall, Christopher Decker, Mark Hollingsworth, Kathryn Prince, Russell Jackson, Philip Shaw, David Taylor, Richard Foulkes, Julie Sanders, Georgianna Ziegler, William Greenslade, Julia Thomas, Stuart Sillars, John Stokes, Frederick Burwick, Virginia Mason Vaughan, Janice Norwood
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  • Date Published: January 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107479883

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  • In the nineteenth century, Shakespeare achieved the status of international pre-eminence that we recognise today. He and his major characters were depicted in statues, paintings and illustrations, and in Stratford-upon-Avon the house where he was born was purchased for the nation and the first Memorial Theatre was built. His words were read, quoted and declaimed in domestic drawing rooms and theatres all around the world, as well as in the works of the leading writers of the day, in intimate love letters and in the pages of radical newspapers. As these new essays show, his was a voice that resonated tellingly throughout the century's cultural, political and literary arenas. The unique reference guide also shows just how popular he was in a number of London theatres and how integral a part he played in the publishing industry of the day and in the burgeoning field of literary criticism.

    • Analysis of Shakespeare's popularity across the Romantic and Victorian periods
    • More comprehensive than any other book published on Shakespeare's nineteenth-century 'afterlife', with an unprecedented reference section
    • An essential introduction to the field and will be of value to established scholars
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    '… gives excellent coverage of many aspects of the reception, treatment, dramatisation and proliferation of attention given to the Shakespearean corpus in the nineteenth century … it includes a reference guide to nineteenth works about Shakespeare, play publication and an invaluable guide to performances of Shakespeare's plays in nineteenth century London. It contains an extensive bibliography, and Gail Marshall provides a very useful introduction … Anyone seeking to understand the complex nature of the social and intellectual life of the nineteenth century needs to take into account the popularity and esteem afforded to Shakespeare and his dramatic works through all segments of society. This excellent selection of essays assists in addressing that need. Each contribution is well researched, lucid and full of insights concerning the inescapable influence of England's greatest playwright. Collectively, they provide an extremely valuable resource for all readers with an interest in this period.' The Glass

    '… the significance of the collection lies in the varied approaches it opens for a scholar new to the territory. …Marshall's authors animate familiar narratives with lively details … But the volume is at its best in resisting received wisdom about 'Victorian Values' …' Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Victorian Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107479883
    • length: 482 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Gail Marshall
    1. Shakespeare editions Christopher Decker
    2. Shakespeare criticism Mark Hollingsworth
    3. Shakespeare in the periodicals Kathryn Prince
    4. Shakespeare our (nineteenth-century) contemporary Russell Jackson
    5. Shakespeare and nineteenth-century fiction Gail Marshall
    6. Shakespeare and nineteenth-century poetry Philip Shaw and Gail Marshall
    7. Shakespeare and drama David Taylor
    8. Shakespeare in London Russell Jackson
    9. Shakespeare in the provinces Richard Foulkes
    10. Shakespeare and music Julie Sanders
    11. Women and Shakespeare Georgianna Ziegler
    12. Shakespeare and politics William Greenslade
    13. Shakespeare and commercialism Julia Thomas
    14. Shakespeare and the visual arts Stuart Sillars
    15. Shakespeare in Europe John Stokes
    16. Shakespeare and Germany Frederick Burwick
    17. Shakespeare in America's Gilded Age Virginia Mason Vaughan
    Reference guide: performances of Shakespeare's plays in nineteenth-century London Janice Norwood
    Nineteenth-century works about Shakespeare: criticism, editions, reference works, biographies, play publication by year Mark Hollingsworth

  • Editor

    Gail Marshall, University of Leicester
    Gail Marshall is Professor of Victorian Literature and Director of the Victorian Studies Centre at the University of Leicester.


    Gail Marshall, Christopher Decker, Mark Hollingsworth, Kathryn Prince, Russell Jackson, Philip Shaw, David Taylor, Richard Foulkes, Julie Sanders, Georgianna Ziegler, William Greenslade, Julia Thomas, Stuart Sillars, John Stokes, Frederick Burwick, Virginia Mason Vaughan, Janice Norwood

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