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Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction [Paperback]

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Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 4.5" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 16, 2002
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0192802496  
EAN  9780192802491  

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A clear introduction to Shakespeare's plays, this volume examines them in detail and shows how Shakespeare dramatized moral and intellectual issues in such a way that his audience became dazzlingly aware of an imaginative dimension to daily life. Germaine Greer argues that as long as Shakespeare's work remains central to English cultural life, it will retain the values which make it unique in the world.

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Germaine Greer is Special Lecturer and Unofficial Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge. She is the best-selling author of The Female Eunuch and Sex and Destiny.

Germaine Greer was born in 1939 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Warwick University.

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Defending a Past Master  Oct 12, 2005
I read this book at least a decade ago when it was part of the Past Masters series, along with at least a dozen or so other titles in the series. I still remember impressive parts of this book - such as the discussion of Lear's senility - while none of the other titles made such a lasting impression.

As I could not find my old copy, I came to this site to reorder it and found two brief, scathing reviews on the web page. I consider them grossly unfair. Greer's text is admittedly a bit harder going that some others in the series, but it repays close reading. Somehow the Oxford editor let this one through without the usual brutal editing that makes the prose almost as easy to read as journalistic writing. The book is simply not as "introductory" as others in the series, and I would not recommend it to anyone who has not already read the major plays.

Greer is most famed as a feminist, of course, but this text is not burdened with irrelevant gender politics (as, say, Julia Annas' book on Plato in the same series is). Greer's points on gender in this book are measured, thoughtful and surprising. She starts out with the central point that younger, humorless feminists have missed: That Shakespeare in his way adored women. I have read scores of recent Shakespeare editions in the Oxford, Cambridge and Arden 3 series, and this is one of the few discussions of gender in Shakespeare that I have found to be worth reading. (The worst discussions are the ones written by male authors who seem to believe that they need to insert a section on gender whether or not it is relevant to the play. Cf. the recent Oxford edition of Timon of Athens for an egregious example.)

For all that, most readers will find Greer's analyses of the major plays the high point of the book.
This work is not about Shakespeare  Jan 25, 2005
I have read almost all of the works in the Past Masters series. This is by far the worse. I do not ordinarily write about books I do not like. But this work truly deserves a bad word. It is not about Shakespeare , but rather about Germaine Greer. She simply did not do the assignment that she was given.
Zuh?  Jun 20, 2003
How Germaine Greer came to be an authority on Shakespeare, I'll never know. Actually, I can't believe people are still writing about this guy at all.

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