Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden

Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden assesses the contribution of Shakespeare’s plays to the development of family values. The family enclave, so highly rated in modern culture, also harbours danger at every stage, in courtship, marriage, parenthood and the relations between siblings. The plays anticipate the joys – and the perils – of the nuclear family. Illustrated with artefacts from the period.

Shakespeare and the Loss of Eden is published by Palgrave


Why Shakespeare?

What makes Shakespeare special? The answer put forward in this accessible account begins with the plots of the plays. Shakespeare tells good stories, some of them familiar from fairy tales. On the other hand, he tells them with a difference. The book includes detailed readings of As You Like It, King Lear, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Twelfth Night and The Merchant of Venice.

Why Shakespeare? is published by Palgrave


Shakespeare in Theory and Practice

Shakespeare in Theory and Practice anthologises essays written at various times on desire, rape and the politics of empire. The collection includes a new analysis of the Sonnets as a place of the antagonism integral to love, as well as an introduction recording a personal history of the way French theory changed our critical habits.

Shakespeare in Theory and Practice is published by Edinburgh University Press


Romeo and Juliet: Language and Writing

Romeo and Juliet: Language and Writing offers students and teachers a way in to this play where passion is often darker than the prevailing interpretations might lead us to expect. Tender, passionate, funny, sad and violent, Romeo and Juliet appeals widely. A close account of the language reveals more, including a range of possible interpretations, not always compatible with one another.

Romeo and Juliet: Language and Writing is published by Bloomsbury