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Troilus and Cressida - Arden Shakespeare: Third Series - Paperback (Arden Shakespeare)

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This volume offers the most comprehensive and critically up-to-date edition of Troilus and Cressida available today. Bevington's learned and engaging introduction discusses the ambivalent status and genre of the play, variously presented in its early printing as a comedy, a history, and a tragedy. He examines and assimilates the wide variety of critical responses the play has elicited, and argues its importance in today's culture as an experimental and open-ended work. Themes of women as objects of desire and bonds of friendship between men, for instance, are not limited by historical context. He also, however, suggests that this experimentalism may have contributed to its lack of immediate stage success, and goes on to place the work in its late Elizabethan context of political instability and theatrical rivalry. A thorough performance history focuses chiefly on recent productions. The complex text situation is re-examined and the differing textual readings carefully explicated. Influential sources for this work and the surviving texts of Troilus and Cressida are discussed in appendices.
 
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.
 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

General Editor's Preface

Preface

Introduction 

   'A new play, never staled with the stage': genre and the question of original performance

   'An envious fever of pale and bloodless emulation': historical context in the last years of Elizabeth's reign

   'Wars and lechery': demystification of the heroes of ancient Greece

   Tis but the chance of war': sceptical deflation of Trojan honour and chivalry

   'The gods have heard me swear': tragic irony and the death of Hector

   'As true as Troilus': male obsessions about honour and sexuality

   'As false as Cressid': women as objects of desire

   'Call them all panders': voyeurism and male bonding

   'What's aught but as 'tis valued?': commercial and subjective valuation of identity and worth

   'Divides more wider than the sky and earth': the fragmentation of the divided self

   'Stuff to make paradoxes': performance history of Troilus and Cressid'

Troilus and Cressida

Longer Notes 

   'Instructed by the antiquary times': Shakespeare's sources

   'Words, words, mere words': The text of Troilus and Cressida

Abbreviations and references            

   Abbreviations used in notes

   Shakespeare's works and works partly by Shakespeare

   Editions of Shakespeare collated

   Ancient texts

   Other works

Index

Synopsis:

The introduction to this edition of "Troilus and Cressida" places it in its late Elizabethan context, examines and assimilates the wide variety of critical responses the play has elicited, and argues its importance in the context of late 20th-century culture as an experimental and open-ended work.

Synopsis:

This volume offers the most comprehensive and critically up-to-date edition of Troilus and Cressida available today. Bevington

Synopsis:

This volume offers the most comprehensive and critically up-to-date edition of Troilus and Cressida available today. BevingtonÂ's learned and engaging introduction discusses the ambivalent status and genre of the play, variously presented in its early printing as a comedy, a history and a tragedy. He examines and assimilates the wide variety of critical responses the play has elicited, and argues its importance in todayÂ's culture as an experimental and open-ended work. He also, however, suggests that this experimentalism may have contributed to its lack of immediate stage success, and goes on to place the work in its late Elizabethan context of political instability and theatrical rivalry. A thorough performance history focuses chiefly on recent productions. The complex text situation is re-examined and the differing textual readings carefully explicated. 'Bevington's edition is so clearly the best now available that it will no doubt quickly become standard practice for all study of this remarkable play to begin with this remarkable edition.' Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey

About the Author

David Bevington is Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. He has edited the Complete Works of Shakespeare in a single volume for HarperCollins (now Longman) and in individual paperbacks for the Bantam Shakespeare, as well as King Henry IV Part 1 (Oxford University Press) and Antony and Cleopatra (New Cambridge Shakespeare). He is the editor of Medieval Drama. His many other publications include From 'Mankind' to Marlowe, Tudor Drama and Politics, and Action is Eloquence: Shakespeare's Language of Gesture.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations General editors preface Preface Introduction - A new play, never staled with the stage: genre and the question of original performance - An envious fever of pale and bloodless emulation: historical context in the last years of Elizabeths reign - Wars and lechery: demystification of the heroes of ancient Greece - Tis but the chance of war: sceptical deflation of Trojan honour and chivalry - The gods have heard me swear: tragic irony and the death of Hector - As true as Troilus: male obsessions about honour and sexuality - As false as Cressid: women as objects of desire - Call them all panders: voyeurism and male bonding - Whats aught but as tis valued?: commercial and subjective valuation of identity and worth - Divides more wider than the sky and earth: the fragmentation of the divided self - Stuff to make paradoxes: performance history of Troilus and Cressida TROILUS AND CRESSIDA Longer notes Instructed by the antiquary times: Shakespeares sources Words, words, mere words: The text of Troilus and Cressida Abbreviations and references Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781903436691
Subtitle:
Third Series
Editor:
Bevington, David
Editor:
Bevington, David
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
Bevington, David
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare
Location:
London
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Cressida
Subject:
Troilus
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
Third Edition
Series:
Arden Shakespeare
Series Volume:
441
Publication Date:
June 1998
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
7.80 x 4.96 in

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"Synopsis" by , The introduction to this edition of "Troilus and Cressida" places it in its late Elizabethan context, examines and assimilates the wide variety of critical responses the play has elicited, and argues its importance in the context of late 20th-century culture as an experimental and open-ended work.
"Synopsis" by , This volume offers the most comprehensive and critically up-to-date edition of Troilus and Cressida available today. Bevington
"Synopsis" by , This volume offers the most comprehensive and critically up-to-date edition of Troilus and Cressida available today. BevingtonÂ's learned and engaging introduction discusses the ambivalent status and genre of the play, variously presented in its early printing as a comedy, a history and a tragedy. He examines and assimilates the wide variety of critical responses the play has elicited, and argues its importance in todayÂ's culture as an experimental and open-ended work. He also, however, suggests that this experimentalism may have contributed to its lack of immediate stage success, and goes on to place the work in its late Elizabethan context of political instability and theatrical rivalry. A thorough performance history focuses chiefly on recent productions. The complex text situation is re-examined and the differing textual readings carefully explicated. 'Bevington's edition is so clearly the best now available that it will no doubt quickly become standard practice for all study of this remarkable play to begin with this remarkable edition.' Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey
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