A Study and Research Guide

Third Edition, Revised

Edited by David M. Bergeron and Geraldo U. de Sousa

Confronted with the formidable and at times daunting mass of materials on Shakespeare, where does the beginning student—or even a seasoned one—turn for guidance? Answering that question remains the central aim of this new edition of a guide that has been a much admired mainstay of Shakespeare studies for two decades.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this widely used teaching and study tool adds concise analyses of more than 100 new books on Shakespeare published since the 1987 edition. It also greatly expands the section on the history plays and provides separate new categories for film and television and for culture studies focusing upon seasonal festivities, hospitality, courtship rituals, sexuality, and other Renaissance social practices.

“A successful surveillance that lays out the geography, the battle camps, and the scholarly hermitages of Shakespeare criticism. Useful to anyone beginning serious study of Shakespeare.”

Shakespeare Quarterly

“This updated edition should be a welcome addition to the research shelf of anyone interested in Shakespeare. Particularly useful are its pithy introductions and bibliographies on various critical approaches.”

—David Bevington, 1995–1996 president, Shakespeare Association of America and editor of Complete Works of Shakespeare

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Like its predecessors, the third edition continues to provide a thoughtful overview of the development and present state of Shakespeare scholarship and its extraordinarily diverse critical approaches—including sections on feminism and gender studies, Shakespeare's Romances, poststructuralism, and the new historicism—as well as summaries and evaluations of scores of bibliographies, periodicals, monographs, and reference books.

For beginning and advanced students alike, the guide offers practical advice for doing research and writing critical papers on Shakespeare—including how to select and develop topics, prepare a working bibliography and outline, take notes, avoid plagiarism, and use appropriate documentation following the MLA system. Students will find especially instructive the new model research paper, which provides an easy-to-understand example.

About the Author

David M. Bergeron, professor of English at the University of Kansas, is the author of Shakespeare's Romances and the Royal Family and Pageantry in the Shakespearean Theater and the editor of Reading and Writing in Shakespeare. Geraldo U. de Sousa, associate professor of English at Xavier University, is the author of articles and reviews in Shakespeare Quarterly, Essays in Theater, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Research Opportunities in Renaissance Drama.