Synopses & Reviews
Largely neglected during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Troilus and Cressida has recently been proven popular on the stage as well as in studies. In this edition, Dawson views the play from a performance perspective--through commentary as well as in a detailed section on stage history featured in the introduction. His textual choices are often surprising but based on thoughtful analysis.
In this edition of Troilus and Cressida, Dawson views the play from a performance perspective.
Troilus and Cressida, long considered one of Shakespeare's most problematic plays, is both difficult and fascinating. Largely neglected during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries it has recently proved popular and rewarding on the stage as well as in the study. In this edition, Dawson views the play from a performance perspective - both in the commentary as well as in the detailed section on stage history in the introduction. His textual choices are often surprising but at the same time carefully grounded.
A study that pays close attention to the play on the stage, making it an ideal edition for those interested in performance.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations and conventions; Introduction: style and genre: heap of rubbish, salty comedy, or what?; The play in its time; Symmetrical structures; Interpreting the Language; Cressida; Literary identity; Scepticism and Speculation; The Play in performance; The Sources of the play; Note on the Text; The 1609 Epistle to the reader; List of characters; THE PLAY; Textual analysis.