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Two Gentlemen of Verona (Arden Shakespeare)

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The Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare's first comedy, and probably his first play. A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross-dressing, and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love.
 
William Carroll's engaging introduction focuses on the traditions and sources that stand behind the play and explores Shakespeare's unique and bold treatment of them. Carroll first explores the early modern discourse of male friendship and relates it to the plays unsettling ending. Special attention is given to the strong female figure of Julia and the controversial final scene. He goes on to discuss various other relevant topics: the influence of the Prodigal Son story on the play, the problem of using a boy in drag (for the first time in a Shakespearean comedy) to depict Julia, and Shakespeares debt to Ovid and John Lyly in using the theme of metamorphosis. Next, the editor explores the use of letters; the portrayal and breed of Crab, the plays infamous dog; the complex geography of the story; and the plays dramaturgy. Carroll concludes with an extensive look at the plays theatrical and critical afterlife, and a discussion of the original text and date. This edition of The Two Gentlemen of Verona also includes one appendix (a casting chart), and a list of abbreviations and references.
 
The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the plays foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader.

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Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare's first comedy, and probably his first play. A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross - dressing and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love. William Carroll's engaging Introduction focuses on the traditions and sources that stand behind the play and explores Shakespeare's unique and bold treatment of them. Special attention is given to the strong female figure of Julia and the controversial final scene.

Synopsis:

Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare's first comedy, and probably his first play. William Carroll's engaging introduction focuses on the traditions and sources that stand behind the play and explores Shakespeare's unique and bold treatment of them.

About the Author

William C. Carroll is Professor of English at Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts. His publications include The Great Feast of Language in 'Love's Labour's Lost', The Metamorphoses of Shakespearean Comedy, and Fat King, Lean Beggar: Representations of Poverty in the Age of Shakespeare. In addition, he has edited Thomas Middleton's Women Beware Women for the New Mermaid series and Macbeth: Texts and Contexts for the Bedford Shakespeare.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations General Editors preface Preface Introduction - The Play - Cease to persuade - The Early Modern Discourse of Male Friendship - Titus and Gisippus and the Offer - The Rape and the Offer - Friendship Discourse After Two Gentlemen - The Prodigious Son - Who is Julia? Romance and the Boy Actor - Metamorphosis: Ovid and Lyly - Pox of your love letters - Who is Crab? - Verona - Milan - Mantua - Padua - Dramaturgy - The Afterlife - The Theatrical Tradition - The Critical Tradition - Text and Date THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA Appendix: Casting chart Abbreviations and References Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781903436950
Editor:
Carroll, William
Publisher:
Arden Shakespeare
Editor:
Carroll, William
Author:
Carroll, William C.
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
Carroll, William
Subject:
General
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
Exiles
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Arden Shakespeare
Publication Date:
June 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.91 x 5.14 x 0.715 in

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"Synopsis" by , Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare's first comedy, and probably his first play. A comedy built around the confusions of doubling, cross - dressing and identity, it is also a play about the ideal of male friendship and what happens to those friendships when men fall in love. William Carroll's engaging Introduction focuses on the traditions and sources that stand behind the play and explores Shakespeare's unique and bold treatment of them. Special attention is given to the strong female figure of Julia and the controversial final scene.
"Synopsis" by , Two Gentlemen of Verona is commonly agreed to be Shakespeare's first comedy, and probably his first play. William Carroll's engaging introduction focuses on the traditions and sources that stand behind the play and explores Shakespeare's unique and bold treatment of them.
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