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As You Like It-Arden Shakespeare: Third Seriesby Juliet Dusinberre
Synopses & Reviews
With its explorations of sexual ambivalence, As You Like It speaks directly to the twenty-first century. Juliet Dusinberre demonstrates that Rosalind's authority in the play grows from new ideas about women and reveals that Shakespeare's heroine reinvents herself for every age. But the play is also deeply rooted in Elizabethan culture, and through it Shakespeare addresses some of the hotly debated issues of the period. Dusinberre's introduction begins with a brief analysis of the play to preface a vast and thorough exploration of characters, cultural context, sources, setting, staging, literary and legendary influences, themes of love, politics, and gender, and more. Images, illustrations, and a casting and doubling chart appear throughout the introduction and within the five 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.
With its explorations of sexual ambivalence, As You Like It speaks directly to the twenty-first century. Juliet Dusinberre demonstrates that Rosalind's authority in the play grows from new ideas about women and reveals that Shakespeare's heroine reinvents herself for every age. But the play is also deeply rooted in Elizabethan culture and through it Shakespeare addresses some of the hotly debated issues of the period. "This will be the definitive edition of As You Like It for many years to come" - Phyllis Rackin, University of Pennsylvania
About the Author
Juliet Dusinberre is the author of the pioneering work in feminist criticism, Shakespeare and the Nature of Women, of Virginia Woolf's Renaissance: Woman Reader or Common Reader?, and of Alice to the Lighthouse: Children's Books and Radical Experiments in Art. She is a Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and was its first M.C. Bradbrook Fellow in English.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations General editors preface Preface INTRODUCTION A brief view of the play Fictions of gender - Rosalind and the boy actor - Later Rosalinds - Celia - Orlando - Phoebe and Audrey Date The Forest of Arden - Well, this is the Forest of Arden - The hunt - Robin Hood and his Merry Men - Staging the Forest of Arden Early foresters - The Earl of Essex - Thomas Morley Realms of Gold - Shakespeare and Thomas Lodge - Shakespeare and Sidney - Harrington, Ariosto and Rabelais - Golden Worlds Pastoral - Genre: entertainments for Elizabeth - Corin and Touchstone - Borderlands: love and politics - A wise man and a fool: Jaques and Touchstone A speaking picture: readers and painters Text - The staying order - The Folio text: provenance and editorial practices - Text and performance Epilogue: All the worlds a stage AS YOU LIKE IT Appendix 1: A court epilogue, Shrovetide 1599 Appendix 2: Casting and doubling Appendix 3: Ben Jonson, As You Like It and the War of the Theatres Appendix 4: The Douai manuscript Appendix 5: Political after-lives: Veracinis opera Rosalinda (1744) and Charles Johnsons Love in a Forest (1723)
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