- Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Format: Paperback | 255 pages
- Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 12mm | 460g
- Publication date: 31 October 2009
- Publication City/Country: Cambridge
- ISBN 10: 0521732506
- ISBN 13: 9780521732505
- Edition: 2, Revised
- Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
- Illustrations note: 17 b/w illus.
- Sales rank: 71,471
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.
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Michael Hattaway is Professor Emeritus at the University of Sheffield.
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.