As You Like It

As You Like It

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Shakespeare's As You Like It can appear bright or sombre in performance: a feast of language and a delight for comic actors; or a risk-taking exploration of gender roles. This updated edition provides an account of what makes this popular play both innocent and dangerous. There is a section on recent critical, stage and film interpretations of the play, an updated reading list and a new appendix on an early court performance of As You Like It in 1599. Mapping the complexities of the play's setting - a no man's land related to both France and England, the edition also includes detailed commentary on its language and an analytical account of performance.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 255 pages
  • 150 x 226 x 12mm | 459.99g
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 17 b/w illus.
  • 0521732506
  • 9780521732505
  • 67,282

About William Shakespeare

Michael Hattaway is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sheffield.show more

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction: Journeys; Plays within the play; Theatrical genres; Pastoral; Counter-pastoral; The condition of the country; Politics; 'Between you and the women the play may please'; Gender; Nuptials; Sources; Date and occasion; Stage history; Screen versions; Recent critical and stage interpretations: Contexts; Recent stage history; A screen version; Note on the text; List of characters; The Play; Textual analysis; Appendix 1. An early court performance?; Appendix 2. Extracts from Shakespeare's principal source, Lodge's Rosalind; Appendix 3. The songs; Reading list.show more