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: ac surveys key critical responses to Romeo and Juliet, from the sixteenth century to the twenty-first century ac plots a clear route through the vast array of debates, identifying chronological and thematic connections and explaining contexts ac investigates major issues and approaches such as deconstruction, psychoanalytical criticism, feminism and queer theory ac 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.Given the sexual nature of Mercutioa#39;s language, his aggression also has a a#39; phallic componenta#39; that Porter relates ... In Romeo and Juliet Mercutio remains after death in explicit references to him that indicate both a continued influence and a sense of loss. ... As an audience, we miss Mercutio in a way that we do not miss Lady Montague (whose non-attendance at the ... is intriguing, and more plausibly suggests that Mercutioa#39;s influence may lie beneath even the last lines of the play.
|Title||:||Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet|
|Publisher||:||Palgrave Macmillan - 2012-12-07|