Arden Shakespeare Dictionaries


Music in Shakespeare

Bloomsbury Publishing

With an A-Z of over 300 entries, Music in Shakespeare is the most comprehensive study of all the musical terms found in Shakespeare's complete works. It includes a definition of each musical term in its

historical and theoretical context, and explores the diverse extent of musical imagery across the full range of Shakespeare's dramatic and poetic work, as well as analysing the usage of instruments and sound effects on the Shakespearean stage.

This is a comprehensive reference guide for scholars and students with interests in the thematic and allegorical relevance of music in Shakespeare, and the history of performance. Identifying all musical terms found in the Shakespeare canon, it will also be of use to the growing number of directors and actors concerned with recovering the staging conditions of the early modern theatre.

'This book maintains the high quality of previous volumes in the Athlone Shakespeare Dictionary Series...This is an authoritative volume that will be an important addition to collections in Elizabethan literature and music."-

'essential reading for historians and performers alike.' Ros King, Times Literary Supplement, 2007 Times Literary Supplement

Shakespeare and National Identity

Bloomsbury Publishing

The Arden Shakespeare Dictionary on Shakespeare and National Identity makes a timely and valuable contribution to the discipline. National identity in the early modern period is a central topic of scholarly investigation; it is also a dominant topic in classroom instruction and discussion. More than any other early modern playwright, Shakespeare (especially his history plays) is at the heart of recent critical investigations into a host of relevant topics: borders, history, identity, land, memory, nation, place and space. This Dictionary works through Shakespeare's plays and the cultural moment in which they were produced to provide a rich and informative account of such topics. An ideal reference work for upper level students and scholars and an essential resource for any literary library.

'This dictionary identifies the terms in Shakespeare's works that connote the meaning of national identity, defined as producing a sense of belonging and connectedness in Elizabethan court society and disseminating the conception further afield. Surveying recent critical works on the concept of national identity in early modern England, Ivic (Univ. of Bath, UK) examines the complexities and contradictions of the interpretations and explains why some terms presented in the dictionary were not denotatively invented at the time; they are either associated with the "ideologically charged concept of national identity" or-conditioned by older ideas and meanings-infused with new ones. For instance, the historical plays King Richard II and King Richard III are filled with the words kingdom, country, nation, realm, state, and land. "We, band of brothers" in King Henry V refers to the sociocultural heterogeneity of the people of the British Isles. Alphabetically organized, the entries have three main sections-A, B, and C-offering definitions, quotations, and bibliographic references for further exploration. Bold cross-references, lists of abbreviations and headwords, black-and-white figures, a comprehensive bibliography, an index of Shakespeare's works where the headwords appear, and a general index enhance this study, suitable for advanced scholars. Summing Up: Recommended.' CHOICE

'University libraries catering for courses in English literature and in English history would doubtless find users for it.' Reference Reviews

Shakespeare and Visual Culture

Bloomsbury Publishing

Statues coming to life and lively portraits ready to breathe in Shakespeare? This new volume re-assesses the key role played by visual culture in his drama and poetry by providing readers with an up-to-date guide to the main publications on the subject as well as offering a synthesis on the main literary and historical sources for inspiration. While scrutinising the complex issue of image on an Elizabethan stage and exploring the codification of colours in Shakespeare's poetry, this dictionary highlights the fierce rivalry between the poet, the dramatist and the visual artist. This volume will be of great interest and value to students of Shakespeare, students of art history or anyone working on the interdisciplinary subject of literature and art.

Shakespeare's Books

Bloomsbury Publishing

Shakespeare's Books contains nearly 200 entries covering the full range of literature Shakespeare was acquainted with, including classical, historical, religious and contemporary works. The dictionary covers works whose importance to Shakespeare has emerged more clearly in recent years due to new research, as well as explaining current thinking on long-recognized sources such as Plutarch, Ovid, Holinshed, Ariosto and Montaigne. Entries for all major sources include surveys of the writer's place in Shakespeare's time, detailed discussion of their relation to his work, and full bibliography. These are enhanced by sample passages from early modern England writers, together with reproductions of pages from the original texts.

Now available in paperback with a new preface bringing the book up to date, this is an invaluable reference tool.

'Stuart Gillespie's remarkable book belongs on the shelves of all academic libraries and in the hands of all serious students of Shakespeare.' Shakespeare Quarterly

'A rich array of information, laid out with care, and presented with precision. Even seasoned scholars will learn a significant amount from this volume.' European Journal of English Studies

'No scholar should be without it, and no student should neglect it.' Review of English Studies

Shakespeare's Demonology

Bloomsbury Publishing

Shakespeare's Demonology draws attention to the difficulty in categorzing terms that thrive on ambiguity and by their very essance are undefinable. The dictionary defines demonological terms in relation to the literature, theology and social practices of Shakespeare's time and offers analysis of the ways in which demonolgical thining informed Shakespeare's imagery, characterization and plotting. In addition to demonlogical terms, over 50 of Shakespeare's characters are discussed in relation to demonology.

This volume in the long-running and acclaimed Shakespeare Dictionary series is a detailsed, critical reference work examining all aspects of magic, good and evil, across Shakespeare's works. Topics covered include the representation of fairies, witches, ghosts, devils and spirits.

'The authors show passionate attention to Shakespeare's language, a sound grasp of the historical and social background, and devoted bibliographical trawling . . . This is a delightful and useful volume.' Marina Warner, Birkbeck College, University of London, Around the Globe

Shakespeare's Insults

Bloomsbury Publishing

Why are certain words used as insults in Shakespeare's world and what do these words do and say? Shakespeare's plays abound with insults which are more often merely cited than thoroughly studied, quotation prevailing over exploration. The purpose of this richly detailed dictionary is to go beyond the surface of these words and to analyse why and how words become insults in Shakespeare's world. It's an invaluable resource and reference guide for anyone grappling with the complexities and rewards of Shakespeare's inventive use of language in the realm of insult and verbal sparring.

'Thorough and easy to use.' Studies in English Literature 1500-1900

Shakespeare's Medical Language: A Dictionary

Bloomsbury Publishing

Physicians, readers and scholars have long been fascinated by Shakespeare's medical language and the presence of healers, wise women and surgeons in his work. This dictionary includes entries about ailments, medical concepts, cures and, taking into account recent critical work on the early modern body, bodily functions, parts, and pathologies in Shakespeare.

Shakespeare's Medical Language will provide a comprehensive guide for those needing to understand specific references in the plays, in particular, archaic diagnoses or therapies ('choleric', 'tub-fast') and words that have changed their meanings ('phlegmatic', 'urinal'); those who want to learn more about early modern medical concepts ('elements', 'humors'); and those who might have questions about the embodied experience of living in Shakespeare's England. Entries reveal what terms and concepts might mean in the context of Shakespeare's plays, and the significance that a particular disease, body part or function has in individual plays and the Shakespearean corpus at large.

Shakespeare's Plants and Gardens: A Dictionary

Bloomsbury Publishing

Shakespeare lived when knowledge of plants and their uses was a given, but also at a time of unique interest in plants and gardens.His lifetime saw the beginning of scientific interest in plants, the first large-scale plant introductions from outside the country since Roman times, and the beginning of gardening as a leisure activity. Shakespeare's works show that he engaged with this new world to illuminate so many facets of his plays and poems.

This dictionary offers a complete companion to Shakespeare's references to landscape, plants and gardens, including both formal and rural settings.It covers plants and flowers, gardening terms, and the activities that Shakespeare included within both cultivated and uncultivated landscapes as well as encompassing garden imagery in relation to politics, the state and personal lives. Each alphabetical entry offers an definition and overview of the term discussed in its historical context, followed by a guided tour of its use in Shakespeare's works and finally an extensive bibliography, including primary and secondary sources, books and articles.

Shakespeare's Political and Economic Language

Bloomsbury Publishing

Shakespeare's plays are pervaded by political and economic words and concepts, not only in the histories and tragedies but also in the comedies and romances. The lexicon of political and economic language in Shakespeare does not consist merely of arcane terms whose shifting meanings require exposition, but includes an enormous number of relatively simple words which possess a structural significance in the configuration of meanings. Often operating by such means as puns, they open up a surprising number of possibilities. The dictionary reveals the conceptual nucleus of each term and explores the contexts in which it is embedded. The overlap between the political and economic dimensions of a word in Shakespeare's drama is particularly exciting as he is highly attuned to the interactions of these two spheres of human activity and their centrality in human affairs.

'Unlike many general and subject dictionaries... this volume by Thomas focuses on the multifunctional rather than the literal meaning of the words. Recommended.' Choice

'The Arden Shakespeare has provided a benchmark for textual interpretation on the stage and academically for over a century.' Morning Star

Shakespeare's Religious Language

Bloomsbury Publishing

Religious issues and discourse are key to an understanding of Shakespeare's plays and poems. This dictionary discusses over 1000 words and names in Shakespeare's works that have a religious connotation. Its unique word-by-word approach allows equal consideration of the full nuance of each of these words, from 'abbess' to 'zeal'. It also gradually reveals the persistence, the variety, and the sophistication of Shakespeare's religious usage.

Frequent attention is given to the prominence of Reformation controversy in these words, and to Shakespeare's often ingenious and playful metaphoric usage of them. Theological commonplaces assume a major place in the dictionary, as do overt references to biblical figures, biblical stories and biblical place-names; biblical allusions; church figures and saints.

'Given the saturation of Christian thought and symbol in Shakespeare's cultural lexicon, selecting the words and their meanings was perhaps more difficult for Hassel (Vanderbilt Univ.) than for other authors. Cloister, for example, may have obvious Christian significance, but the theological shades of meaning in words such as beneath or memory are far more subtle. This lexicographer does a fine job of illuminating these nuances, both with contextual references and contemporary commentary from writers such as Henry Bullinger, John Donne, and Lancelot Andrewes. Hassel has an expansive grasp of his material, making reference to both Catholic and Protestant sources, but he wisely refrains from trying to tease out Shakespeare's own beliefs. The extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources is useful for advanced students and scholars. The specificity of the subject matter makes this a suitable purchase for libraries with comprehensive Shakespeare collections or that support intensive study of the early modern period. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through researchers/faculty.' CHOICE

'The great strength of Hassel's dictionary is that it is more than a dictionary, stepping past vocabulary into context... scrupulous in explaining what words need not mean...quicker and handier than an online concordance...and goes well beyond a dictionary's basic briefs; the helpfully selective bibliography is particularly strong on recent criticism... it should retain long-term value as a reference work, both for those in search of proof texts and those fascinated by the sinuous operation of Shakespearean religious metaphor.' Times Literary Supplement

'Chris Hassel is the right scholar to grasp the nettle of Shakespeare's religious language, since Hassel's authority where Shakespeare and religion are concerned is well established. This dictionary is a mine of helpful information, and everyone will learn something from it.' Shakespeare Quarterly

'Hassel routinely includes cross-references to a helpful list of primary and secondary sources ... A dazzling index of all the works included lists them under each of Shakespeare's individual works. The serendipity of browsing through this volume will open up the subject of Shakespeare and religion for even the most casual of readers, and the expert might discover something new.' Around the Globe

'With entries ranging from 'abbess' to 'zeal', this thorough and thoroughly engaging dictionary promises to enlighten anyone keen on exploring the topic of Shakespeare's religious language.' Early Modern Literary Studies

'This is an authoritative volume that will be an important addition to collections in Elizabethan literature and music.' American Reference Books Annual

The Arden Shakespeare Dictionary series provides authoritative guides to major subject-areas covered by the poetry and plays. The dictionaries provide readers with a comprehensive guide to the topic under discussion, especially its contemporary meanings, and to its occurrence and significance in Shakespeare's works. Comprehensive bibliographies accompany many of the items. Entries range from a few lines in length to mini-essays, providing the opportunity to explore an important literary or historical concept or idea in depth.