Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

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This newly edited text of one of Shakespeare's most theatrically successful comedies offers a commentary and a critically aware introduction that discusses Shakespeare's social transformation of his source material. It rethinks the attitudes to gender relations that underlie the comedy and determine its view of marriage, paying particular attention to the analysis of the play's minor characters, Allowing for the play's openness to re-interpretation by successive generations of readers and performers, Zitner provides a socially analytic stage history, advancing new views for the actor as much as for the critic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 223 pages
  • 126 x 194 x 12mm | 222.26g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • halftones
  • 0192826204
  • 9780192826206

About William Shakespeare

Sheldon P. Zitner is Professor Emeritus, Trinity College, University of Toronto. He has written extensively on Renaissance Literature, including a recent book-length study of All's Well That Ends Well (Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1989)
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Table of contents

General introduction - "Much Ado About Nothing" and the Romantic comedies, date, sources, the title, place and setting, organizing the dramatis personae, lovers, brothers, gentlewomen, conspirators and others, plot construction, act, scene and pace, contrasts and links between scenes, local effects, stage history, from text to prompt-book, some problems of staging, some recent directions; textual introduction - "staying" and publication, setting the text, "ghosts", speech-prefixes, entrances and exits, the play in folio; editorial procedures - abbreviations and references.
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