A new type of study guide which combines an exploration of Shakespeare's language with. specific help for students looking to develop their own critical responses and skills. Catherine Belsey opens up the complex rhetoric of Shakespeare's most familiar play, Romeo and Juliet, helping students to interpret it afresh.
Arden Student Skills: Language and Writing offer a new type of study aid which combines lively critical insight with practical guidance on the critical writing skills you need to develop in order to engage fully with Shakespeare#146;s texts. The books#146; core focus is on language: both understanding and enjoying Shakespeare#146;s complex dramatic language, and expanding your own critical vocabulary, as you respond to his plays. Key features include: an introduction considering when and how the play was written, addressing the language with which Shakespeare created his work, as well as the generic, literary and theatrical conventions at his disposal detailed examination and analysis of the individual text, focusing on its literary, technical and historical intricacies discussion of performance history and the critical reception of the work a #145;Writing matters#146; section in every chapter, clearly linking the analysis of Shakespeare#146;s language to your own writing strategies in coursework and examinationsWritten by world-class academics with both scholarly insight and outstanding teaching skills, each guide will empower you to read and write about Shakespeare with increased confidence and enthusiasm.How to find something new to say about this most familiar of Shakespeare's plays? Catherine Besley shows you how to build your understanding by starting with a focus on key speeches before looking at Shakespeare's sources and showing how his use of them can inform a critical appreciation of the play. She goes on to examine the exquisite poetry in the play and to unpick its complex rhetoric as well as examining key productions and adaptations such as the classic Baz Lurhmann film.
Everyone knows the story of the star-crossed lovers but close attention to the language of the play can deepen and darken the legend. As icons of passion, Romeo and Juliet reveal the recklessness, as well as the idealism, of desire in a violent world. Catherine Belsey shows how you can tease out the play#146;s subtle meanings and goes on to discuss key adaptations, including the classic Baz Lurhmann film.