Macbeth: The State of Play

edited by Ann Thompson

DOI: 10.5040/9781472503220

ISBN: 9781408159828

A "freeze frame" volume showcasing the range of current debate and ideas surrounding one of the most familiar of Shakespeare's tragedies. Each chapter has been carefully selected for its originality and relevance to the needs of students, teachers and researchers. Key themes and topics covered include:

The Text and its Status

History and Topicality

Critical Approaches and Close Reading

Adaptation and Afterlife

All the essays offer new perspectives and combine to give readers an up-to-date understanding of what's exciting and challenging about Macbeth. The approach based on an individual play, unlike that of topic-based series, reflects how Shakespeare is most commonly studied and taught.