- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 184 pages
- Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 15mm | 318g
- Publication date: 15 March 2004
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 052153514X
- ISBN 13: 9780521535144
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Illustrations note: 18 b/w illus.
- Sales rank: 157,145
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 21st century directors and actors. An updated reading list completes the edition.
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Table of contents
List of illustrations; Preface; Abbreviations and conventions; Introduction by Penny Gay: 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; Language; Music; Stage history; Note on the text; List of characters; The Play; Textual analysis; Reading list.