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As You Like It: Authoritative Text, Sources and Contexts, Criticism (Norton Critical Editions)by William Shakespeare
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Since its return to the London stage in 1740, As You Like It has delighted theatergoers, readers, and critics. Its heroine, Rosalind, is one of Shakespeare's greatest characters. The play's Forest of Arden setting and its focus on the relationship between natural occurrences and things created by humans (Shakespeare collectively termed these "art") provide us with access to debates in Renaissance England that relate to the ecological issues of our own time. This Norton Critical Edition is based on the 1623 First Folio text. It is accompanied by a note on the text, eight illustrations, six photographs, and explanatory annotations.
"Sources and Contexts" includes, in its entirety, Shakespeare's primary source for the play--Thomas Lodge's popular prose romance Rosalynde (1590). Reading Shakespeare's play with (and against) Lodge's romance reveals striking similarities and fascinating differences, both large and small. An array of other readings focuses on the central areas of gender and ecology and includes works by Michel de Montaigne, Sir Thomas More, Thomas Bastard, George Gascoygne, and William Prynne.
A rich "Criticism" section includes twenty-one commentaries on As You Like It spanning four centuries. Contributors include, among others, Mrs. Anna Jameson, Clara Claiborne Park, Jean E. Howard, Marjorie Garber, James Shapiro, Valerie Traub, Jeffrey Masten, and Robert Smallwood.
A Selected Bibliography is also included.
Book News Annotation:
The text of the comedy is followed by essays and excerpts on its sources and contexts, most notably Thomas Lodge's popular prose romance Rosalynde (1590). Other topics include humans versus animals, how sheep devour the English, the danger of theatrical cross-dressing, and gloves. Excerpts of critical studies of it are also provided, among them commentary on Shakespeare's sense of an ending, how a girl can be smart and still popular, the enclosure riots, the play's homoerotics, and food and biological nature. All the commentary ranges from the time the play was first performed to the present. There is no index. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
"All the world's a stage." Shakespeare's beloved pastoral comedy is now available in a Norton Critical Edition.
Includes the unabridged text of Shakespeare's classic play plus a complete study guide that helps readers gain a thorough understanding of the work's content and context. The comprehensive guide includes scene-by-scene summaries, explanations and discussions of the plot, question-and-answer sections, author biography, analytical paper topics, list of characters, bibliography, and more.
About the Author
Leah S. Marcus is Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Unediting the Renaissance: Shakespeare, Marlowe, Milton, Puzzling Shakespeare: Local Reading and Its Discontents, The Politics of Mirth: Jonson, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, and the Defense of Old Holiday Pastimes, and Childhood and Cultural Despair: A Theme and Variations in Seventeenth-Century Literature. She is co-editor of Elizabeth I: Autograph Compositions and Foreign Language Originals and Elizabeth I: Collected Works.
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