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Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies and has provoked a rich diversity of interpretations. Definitively passionate, it is much more than the archetypal love story: the play tests the limits of tragedy and comedy, challenges gender roles and explores the nature of language.

In this Reader's Guide, Gillian Woods:

• surveys key critical responses to Romeo and Juliet, from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century
• plots a clear route through the vast array of debates, identifying chronological and thematic connections and explaining contexts
• investigates major issues and approaches such as deconstruction, psychoanalytical criticism, feminism and queer theory
• discusses film adaptations, including Baz Luhrmann's 1996 box-office hit William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.

Authoritative and accessible, this invaluable Guide provides students, teachers and researchers with a panorama of the play's critical history in all its dynamic variety.


Description

Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's most popular tragedies and has provoked a rich diversity of interpretations. Definitively passionate, it is much more than the archetypal love story: the play tests the limits of tragedy and comedy, challenges gender roles and explores the nature of language.

In this Reader's Guide, Gillian Woods:

• surveys key critical responses to Romeo and Juliet, from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century
• plots a clear route through the vast array of debates, identifying chronological and thematic connections and explaining contexts
• investigates major issues and approaches such as deconstruction, psychoanalytical criticism, feminism and queer theory
• discusses film adaptations, including Baz Luhrmann's 1996 box-office hit William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.

Authoritative and accessible, this invaluable Guide provides students, teachers and researchers with a panorama of the play's critical history in all its dynamic variety.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on the Text
Introduction
Patient Ears: Early Texts and Responses
Well-Seeming Forms: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Righteous Kisses and Dateless Bargains: Romantics and Victorians
Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy?: Genre Criticism
What's in a Word?: Language and Deconstruction
Kissing by the Book: Reading Petrarchism
Death-Marked Love: Psychoanalytical Criticism
Juliet and her Romeo: Feminism, Gender Studies and Queer Theory
From Fair Verona to Verona Beach: Shakespeare on Film
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index


Authors

GILLIAN WOODS is Lecturer in Renaissance Theatre and Drama at Birkbeck, University of London, UK.