April 23rd is traditionally regarded as Shakespeare’s birthday, so it seems appropriate to mention some of our Shakespearean Studies books!
As a taster, here are three you might like:
Studio Shakespeare: The Royal Shakespeare Company at The Other Place (Alycia Smith-Howard)
‘…a very important book in that it sets out in great detail the history of The Other Place … It traces how this space, through the vision of Buzz Goodbody, together with her strong political beliefs, changed the dynamic of the actor/audience relationship … Alycia Smith-Howard writes with great insight and detail, and gives a very moving account of Buzz’s work on her last production—“Hamlet.” It is an illuminating and very readable account of “that other place.”’ Cicely Berry, OBE, Hon. D. Lit., Voice Director: Royal Shakespeare Company
At Home in Shakespeare’s Tragedies (Geraldo U. de Sousa)
‘[This] book builds on a growing critical awareness of the centrality of the domestic to early modern ways of thinking. Less rigidly historicist than much work in this area, it ranges from modern performance and the SAS Survival Handbook to Caravaggio’s use of shadow, supposedly adopted by Shakespeare “to create illusions of distance”. … a rich and multifaceted repository of ideas. [De Sousa’s] emotional readings shine out here.’ Times Literary Supplement
Shakespeare and the Just War Tradition (Paola Pugliatti)
‘As an “innocent”, which is to say non-specialist, reader of Shakespeare, I knew that one could find everything in his work, as in the Bible; what I had not imagined was that the Bard – what a devil of a man! – could also inspire one to reflect on a subject that so closely presses upon us today: the ethics of war. Paola Pugliatti’s book, however, has obliged me to re-read him from this entirely new perspective.’ Umberto Eco