Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth

A.C. Bradley Karin S. Coddon

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Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth

Shakespearean Tragedy Lectures on Hamlet Othello King Lear and Macbeth Shakespearean Tragedy is a landmark work of literary criticism It is at once the pinnacle of the nineteenth century s love affair with Shakespeare and the starting point for a new century of Shakespea

  • Title: Shakespearean Tragedy: Lectures on Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth
  • Author: A.C. Bradley Karin S. Coddon
  • ISBN: 9781411430341
  • Page: 225
  • Format: ebook
  • Shakespearean Tragedy is a landmark work of literary criticism It is at once the pinnacle of the nineteenth century s love affair with Shakespeare and the starting point for a new century of Shakespeare scholarship.Critics have charged that A.C Bradley attends to character at the expense of other elements of the plays, such as theme, dramatic structure, and historical Shakespearean Tragedy is a landmark work of literary criticism It is at once the pinnacle of the nineteenth century s love affair with Shakespeare and the starting point for a new century of Shakespeare scholarship.Critics have charged that A.C Bradley attends to character at the expense of other elements of the plays, such as theme, dramatic structure, and historical background Bradley s defenders have praised the work for its philosophical and psychological insights As the first important, book length academic study in English of four of Shakespeare s major tragedies Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth Bradley s work both influenced and enabled modern Shakespearean literary criticism even as it engaged with, and often rebutted, conventional Romantic and Victorian interpretations of the plays and their author.

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    1. Roy Lotz on said:

      I dreamt last night that Shakespeare’s GhostSat for a civil service postThe English paper for that yearHad several questions on King LearWhich Shakespeare answered very badlyBecause he hadn’t read his BradleyAnalyzing great works of art is always fraught with danger. Whether the critic sets her sights on a portrait, a sonata, or a play, the task is always that of turning poetry into prose. The critic, in other words, must extract content from form—and making content and form inseparable is [...]

    2. Carol Storm on said:

      I went to Columbia, an Ivy League School located in Manhattan's famed Upper West Side. I hated it. The kids were stuck up, rich, and shallow. The professors were stuck up, cold, and distant. The only friendly group on the world-famous Morningside Heights campus were the cockroaches. Those guys would stop by my dorm room anytime, day or night, just to share my Entemann's Cookies and hang out. So many happy nights on campus, chasing cockroaches, eating Entemann's Cookies, and listening to Dan Carl [...]

    3. Margaret Madden on said:

      Although from the early 1900s, I found this still amazingly relevant and a perfect insight for higher education

    4. Jeffrey Thomas on said:

      Absolute top shelf Honor Shelf. His essay on Lear is thrilling, after a start that I thought, despite what might have served as his warning, that he would begin with some criticism of the dramatic problems in the play, which are familiar to us all, and which, after you’ve read the play a few times, and are familiar with Shakespeare’s frequent sloppiness in—or cavalier regard for, you might rather say—various practical matters, you tend to impatiently acknowledge and wish to disregard as [...]

    5. Мартин Касабов on said:

      Шекспировската трагедия: izumen/2016/07/bloСлавна е книгата на Брадли. Ясна, просветляваща, написана със страст и любов към думите на Шекспир. Не съм чел по-добър литературоведски труд.Към цялата рецензия: izumen/2016/07/blo

    6. Ian on said:

      As far as modern and post modern approaches to Shakespeare studies, this is where it all began. Love it or hate it, it is fundemental to how we all inherited the Bard

    7. James F on said:

      After a couple introductory chapters, this book deals in depth with the four major tragedies, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth. Shakespearian Tragedy is one of the most important works of Shakespeare criticism; influenced by Swinburne, Dowden and Moulton, this is a work that later critics all had to deal with, whether agreeing with Bradley or polemicizing against his views. I found his ideas and arguments useful in thinking about the plays, which I have read several times and seen performe [...]

    8. Ranita on said:

      NOTE: IT'S NOT A REVIEW, i'M JUST BLABBERING.I've only read the parts related to Macbeth, and eventhough I'm not required to go through the whole part, I put my study aside and continued reading it as i found it really interesting :"D Unfortunately i have given this book all of me and I have an exam tomorrow, but no i don't regret that at all xDربنا يستر بجد

    9. Theodulf on said:

      This is a book that I love, and reread every couple years just for the pleasure of it. It's a group of lectures focusing on Hamlet, Othello, Lear, andMacbeth And I'm not a big Shakespeare junkie. I just love the civilized and powerful way that Bradley made the case for his positions, summoning up at will the text of the plays and three centuries of critical interpretation, and making his logical points in language both beautiful and precise. Frankly he could have been writing this way about any [...]

    10. John on said:

      My former department chair mentioned this study positively, so when I had winter break staring ahead at teaching Macbeth again, for the first time in a few years, I decided this would make a good read. I resisted the temptation just to read the Macbeth section, and was glad I did.Bradley offers an excellent close reading of the central characters in each of the four tragedies, highlighting critical areas of scholarly debate and illuminating them, always with frequent reference back to the text. [...]

    11. Richard Martin on said:

      Presented as a series of "lectures," A. C. Bradley, father of Hamlet as the "Melancholy Dane," guides the reader through discussion and analysis of "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Othello," and "King Lear." The two initial lectures on Substance and Construction of the tragedies lay a foundation for the following lectures. A thorough index makes back reference easy and provides an outline to each. Written in a well- organized, conversational style with frequent textual references, it is a pleasure to read [...]

    12. Eric on said:

      Best review of Shakespeare since I read book:Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human|22528] by Harold Bloom. He has a series of short notes at the end of the book dealing with technical matters in some of the tragedies. These can get a little tedious, but if faced with an undergraduate writing deadline for an English Lit course, could be very useful.

    13. Shelley on said:

      This is the classical text for anyone who wishes to appreciate the works of the Bard on a deeper level. A. C. Bradley reads and writes very much as the common reader extolled by Samuel Johnson and Virginia Woolf: freely, simply, and bowing to the judgement of no theorist, only good taste. As far as literary criticisms go, a more satisfying read can hardly be found.

    14. Tim on said:

      Really enriches your engagement with the plays. Fascinating. Unputdownable. Full of insight, surprise, individual response, deep reflection. Every Shakespeare fan will enjoy this, learn from it and find fresh ideas (even after 100 years or so) about the great tragedies. Probably the best book I've read this year at least.

    15. Tso William on said:

      Beautiful prose. Unlike academic essays nowadays (which obscure ideas and confuse readers), Professor Bradley's essays or 'lectures' are clear and enjoyable to read. Will read his other essays later.

    16. William on said:

      Good criticism is perceptive and helps the reader understand the work that is being deconstructed. Written in 1904 this book is still, by far, the best book on reading Shakespeare's great tragedies.

    17. C.J. Prince on said:

      I haven't actually read this particular version but most of Shakespeare's plays. About 7th grade I went to school in London. We lived in a flat near a Shakespearean Theatre and I saw many plays during that time, remembering "Macbeth" mostly.

    18. Roy on said:

      Thank you, Victorian Critics, for your possession of now extra-ordinary amounts of sanity, common sense, and erudition. Maybe Harold Bloom is up there too.

    19. Ade Couper on said:

      Notes of lectures given by Bradley: illuminating, well-presented and argued.

    20. Steve on said:

      It's been a long time, but I remember liking this pretty well. I still have it, so that must mean something. On top of that, I prefer Shakespear's tragedies.

    21. Daniel on said:

      It's hard to beat AC Bradley on Shakespeare. It's a must read for anyone who loves the Bard and tends toward old-school, straight-up literary criticism.

    22. Bobsie67 on said:

      The best book of literary criticism I've read. Clear, concise, and enlightening.

    23. Jennifer on said:

      A necessary accompaniment to Shakespeare's tragedies. Clear, concise, written with conviction. I don't think any of the discussion suffers from being written more than 100 years ago.

    24. Greg on said:

      When we read Bradley, we find his interpretation of Hegel most amusing. If we could remember a scrap of Hegel in the first place.

    25. Diane Dreher on said:

      It's a classic. I read it back in grad school and found it still relevant today. A wise and enlightening series of essays on Shakespeare's tragic vision.

    26. Sarah on said:

      Learned a lot from this. Liked that it had distinct sections to deal with each tragedy in lots of detail.

    27. Mitchell on said:

      The great analysis of Shakespearean character. A pleasure to read.

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