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Twelfth Night (Texts & Contexts)

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Publisher Comments:

This edition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with seven sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare's play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include facsimiles of period documents, maps, woodcuts, descriptions of the popular customs associated with Twelfth Night, antitheatrical tracts, royal proclamations concerning dress, laws prohibiting certain sexual acts, poems fantasizing those very acts, early modern texts on household economies, passages from Puritan conduct books, excerpts from Ovid and Montaigne, a representative range of early modern opinions about boy actors, and theories of laughter. Besides contextualizing the audience for Shakespeares play and shedding light on some of his sources, the documents explore the range of sexual desires articulated in the play, competing ideas about music in early modern culture, religious controversy, the regulation of early modern society according to hierarchies, and the controversial place of laughter in early modern culture. Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.

Book News Annotation:

This volume reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with relevant documents and illustrations, arranged by theme. The texts include facsimiles of period documents, maps, woodcuts, descriptions of the popular customs associated with the play, anti-theatrical tracts, royal proclamations concerning dress, texts on household economics, passages from a Puritan conduct book, excerpts from Ovid and Montaigne, a range of opinions about boy actors, and theories of laughter. The documents contextualize the audience for Shakespeare's play, some of his sources, and competing ideas about music, religion, laughter, and sex.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312237127
Editor:
Smith, Bruce R.
Author:
Smith, Bruce R.
Author:
Shakespeare, William
Author:
Lothian, J. M.
Author:
zShakespeare, William
Author:
Howard, Jean E.
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Shakespeare
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Twins
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc.
Subject:
Illyria.
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Subject:
Drama-Shakespeare Plays
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Texts & Contexts
Series Volume:
no. PEER 2001/15
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
449
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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Arts and Entertainment » Drama » General
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Shakespeare » Plays
Arts and Entertainment » Drama » Shakespeare » Works
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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