The Routledge Guide to William Shakespeare

Demystifying and contextualising Shakespeare for the twenty-first century, this book offers both an introduction to the subject for beginners as well as an invaluable resource for more experienced Shakespeareans. In this friendly, structured guide, Robert Shaughnessy: * introduces Shakespeare's life and works in context, providing crucial historical background * looks at each of Shakespeare's plays in turn, considering issues of historical context, contemporary criticism and performance history * provides detailed discussion of twentieth-century Shakespearean criticism, exploring the theories, debates and discoveries that shape our understanding of Shakespeare today * looks at contemporary performances of Shakespeare on stage and screen * provides further critical reading by play * outlines detailed chronologies of Shakespeare's life and works and also of twentieth-century criticism The companion website at contains student-focused materials and resources, including an interactive timeline and annotated weblinks.