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William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night"


William Shakespeare, "Twelfth Night"
Edited by Elizabeth Story Donno
2004 | ISBN: 052153514X | 186 pages | siPDF | 7.5 MB

For this updated edition of Twelfth Night, Penny Gay has written a wholly new Introduction to this well-loved Shakespearean comedy. She stresses the play's theatricality, its elaborate linguistic games and its complex use of Ovidian myths. She analyses the play's delicate balance between romance and realism and its exploration of gender, sexuality and identity. In examining the stage history, Professor Gay suggests that contemporary critical theory could have much to offer twenty-first-century directors and actors. An updated reading list completes the edition.

About The New Cambridge Shakespeare Series
The New Cambridge Shakespeare is an edition of Shakespeare's works, consisting of a separate volume for each play, and a volume each for the Sonnets and the narrative poems. The texts have been prepared by an international team of the very best scholars, who provide in each case a freshly-considered and modernised text, a substantial introduction and commentary at the foot of the page. The series pays particular attention to the play in performance, commenting on the stage action and offering a performance history with illustrations. It is aimed at students of Shakespeare from A level or its equivalent, and onwards, including undergraduates, graduates and teachers.

An international team of scholars offers:
  • modernized, easily accessible texts
  • ample commentary and introductions
  • attention to the theatrical qualities of each play and its stage history
  • informative illustrations

List of Illustrations
Preface to First Edition
Abbreviations and Conventions
 Date and early performances
 The play's sources
 Imaginary geography and stage space
 Puritans and clowns
 Time, chance and the poetry of romance
 Myths and metamorphosis
 Gender, sexuality and the stage
 Critical fashions
 Stage history
  'Autumnal' Twelfth Nights
  Non-traditional productions
Note on the Text
List of Characters

Twelfth Night or What You Will

Textual Analysis
Reading List

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