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This Is ShakespeareA genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision originality and literary mastery Who wrote like an angel putting it all so much better than anyone elseIs this Shakespeare Well sort ofBut it doesn't really tell us the whole truth So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true or just not relevant deflecting us from investigating the challenges of his inc. Shakespeare has always seemed inherently unapproachable to me layers of meaning mired in incomprehensible conversations that I had no means of untangling Everything about his plays felt decided Treasured they sat on a high pedestal presented as the most sublime expression of English language and literature There to be adored Nothing about them made for the likes of me My memory of studying Macbeth at secondary school is part terror at being called on to read aloud and part boredom at learning by rote what this symbolises or that means There was no room and probably no time for anything than answers at that point No space to think or explore When I started to discover Greek tragedy at uni I found something new That plays are about uestions not answers It came as a revelation And this is what Emma Smith brings to Shakespeare a way in She demolishes the idea of perfection and highlights the 'gappiness' of the plays She gives permission to not understand it all because nobody does Who can when the readeraudience is such an integral part of the experience And who says there's a 'right' way to read something anyway She brings in conflictschange opening up varied ways of thinking about themes or characters or plot She doesn't say 'this is what to think' Instead she asks ponders offers argues suggests 'what happens if you take this aspect and look at it like this' or 'see how this could be likeunlike than you'd think' It's intriguing More than that it presents an opportunity Because the author repeatedly asks what I think I want to know too It took less than 2 chapters for me to download Shakespeare's collected works And the change in my reading was incredible it was fun instead of oppressive Do I still have problems with the language Oh yes But now I can both tackle it and see beyond it Obviously this is a fantastic resource for students But Emma Smith ensures that anyone from the complete beginner to the seasoned readerwatcher of Shakespeare can find something within She writes engagingly throughout balancing humour and wit with thought provoking argument Considering the considerable number of Shakespeare retellings popular in fiction these days there's clear evidence that something in these stories continues to capture our attention and this book is an interesting and accessible way in to those original works It takes you beyond the classroom bringing you close enough to the stage to feel part of the production and maybe finally to see why some people consider Shakespeare THE greatest writer and dramatist though I still prefer the Greek plays sorry ShakespeareARC via Netgalley

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This Is Shakespeare Read ✓ 4 ä [PDF / Epub] ★ This Is Shakespeare By Emma Smith – A genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision originality and literary mastery Who wrote like an angel pu A genius and prophet whose timelOnsistencies and flaws This electrifying new book thrives on revealing not resolving the This Is MOBI #8608 ambiguities of Shakespeare's plays and their changing topicality It introduces an intellectually theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid with economics as much as poetry who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency privacy politics celebrity and sex It takes us into a world of p. When I took English Literature classes at school studying a Shakespeare play was de rigueur And I can’t say I disliked that uite the contrary I took a worryingly nerdish pleasure in comparing different editions of Julius Caesar and Macbeth reading every last footnote looking up difficult essays on the plays And yet this precocious enthusiasm failed to translate into love for the Bard It pains me to admit that besides these two plays my knowledge of other works by Shakespeare works is limited to the few productions and movie adaptations I’ve watched over the years I have occasionally attempted to read other plays of his but it always seems too daunting a prospectIn her introduction to This is Shakespeare Professor Emma Smith highlights this problematic aspect of the playwright Precisely because he is so often presented as an undisputed genius Shakespeare too often comes across as a figure to admire rather than love Smith however argues that what makes Shakespeare so “contemporary” and relevant is not that he is some sort of prophet but because his plays are “gappy” leaving much to interpretation and allowing us to project onto them differing and sometimes diametrically opposite views Just by way of example it is surprising to note how rare it is for Shakespeare to physically describe his characters thus giving free rein to a director’s or reader’s imagination Smith’s book started life as a series of lecturespodcasts and while the playwright’s “gappiness” remains an overarching theme the book’s twenty chapters and epilogue are dedicated to specific plays and can be enjoyed as self contained essays Indeed Smith herself suggests that for many of her readers this will be a book to “dip into” perhaps before going to watch a specific play The chapters provide intriguing insights and often than not a discussion of one work leads Smith to investigate a general subject For instance The Taming of the Shrew unsurprisingly prompts a discussion about Shakespeare’s views on women and marriage whereas the essay on The Merchant of Venice explores the themes of business contracts and the play’s inherent homoeroticism Smith’s approach is fresh and engaging She wears her scholarship and erudition lightly and does not deem it beneath her to cite pop culture to drive home her points – she is just as likely to refer to Homer Simpson or to an episode in the sitcom Friends as to an avant garde Shakespeare production Throughout her message is at once iconoclastic and enthusiastic – by taking Shakespeare off his pedestal we might learn to love his works httpsendsofthewordblogspotcom20

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Oliticking and copy catting as we watch him emulating the blockbusters of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd the Spielberg and Tarantino of their day flirting with and skirting round the cut throat issues of succession politics religious upheaval and technological change The Shakespeare in this book poses awkward uestions rather than offering bland answers always implicating us in working out what it might mean This is Shakespeare And he needs your attention. this was SO excellent wow i love the bard but don't we all