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The Tempest (The Arden Shakespeare), 3rd Edition


William Shakespeare, "The Tempest" (The Arden Shakespeare), 3rd Edition


Edited by Virginia Mason Vaughan & Alden T. Vaughan
Arden Shakespeare | 3rd Edition | 1999 | ISBN: 1903436087 | 386 pages | siPDF | 7.2 MB
The Tempest has long dazzled readers and audiences with its intricate blend of magic, music, humour, intrigue and tenderness, its vibrant but ambiguous central characters. As Virginia and Alden Vaughan show, in their wide-ranging new edition of this established favourite, such antithetical extremes exemplify the play’s endlessly arguable nature, its appeal to diverse eras and cultures.

The Vaughans situate The Tempest at the centre of changing cultural attitudes towards colonialism, power politics and patriarchal hierarchies, and demonstrate how the play both shaped and reflected those changing attitudes. Informed by the concerns of a post-colonial international community, their edition emphasizes the play's world-wide cultural appropriation, and includes an extensive discussion of the play's after-life as well as an appendix of selected appropriations. The interdisciplinary editorial approach contributes a distinctively blended cultural and historical focus.

‘The Vaughans have provided a valuable new edition of the play, one whose expanded contextualisation, especially, will contribute to The Tempest’s lively and varied afterlife both within and beyond the classroom.’

From the Back Cover
The Arden Shakespeare is the established scholarly edition of Shakespeare's plays. Now in its third series, Arden offers the best in contemporary scholarship. Each volume guides you to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare's work.

This edition of The Tempest provides:
  • A clear and authoritative text, edited to the highest standards of scholarship.
  • Detailed notes and commentary on the same page as the text.
  • A full, illustrated introduction to the play's historical, cultural and performance contexts.
  • An in-depth survey of critical approaches to the play.
  • A full index to the introduction and notes
  • A select bibliography of references and further reading.
With a wealth of helpful and incisive commentary, The Arden Shakespeare is the finest edition of Shakespeare you can find.

About The Arden Shakespeare series
Arden Shakespeare is the most academically rigorous Shakespeare series in print, and the best-known English literature brand worldwide. In 1995 the Third Series of The Arden Shakespeare was launched. Now published under the imprint Arden Shakespeare, under the General Editorship of Richard Proudfoot, Ann Thompson, David Scott Kastan and Henry Woudhuysen, the Arden Shakespeare Third Series is nearing completion. Each new volume supersedes the corresponding Second Series text, being meticulously edited from the original sources by a contemporary scholar.


List of Illustrations
General Editors' Preface
 The Text
 Commentary and Textual Notes

 The play
  Genesis and early performances
 The context
  Domestic politics
  Brave new world
  Africa and Ireland
  Literary forerunners
  Classical models
  The 'salvage man'
 The afterlife
  Restoration rewritings
  Eighteenth-century ambivalence
  Perspectives on imperialism
  Re-enter Miranda
  Freudian influences
  'The Tempest' on stage and film since 1900
 The text
  Ralph Crane's manuscript
  Editorial practice

The Tempest

Appendix 1: Sources
 1. Strachey, 'True Reportory'
 2. Montaigne, 'Of the Caniballes'
Appendix 2: Appropriations
 1. Browning, 'Caliban upon Setebos'
 2. Rodó, Ariel
 3. Mannoni, Prospero and Caliban
Abbreviations and references

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