Twelfth Night (1602,1623)

Twelfth Night (1602,1623)

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Twelfth Night has seldom been off the stage since Shakespeare's day. It has been performed for its romantic high comedy and its boisterous low comedy; with an emphasis on farce or on autumnal melancholy; as straightforward celebration of heterosexual love and marriage or as exploration of the complexity of gender. David Carnegie and Mark Houlahan's introduction to the play provides a lively discussion of the play's performance history, and encourages readers to think about stagecraft and the play as a performance text, while the historical appendices provide materials that illuminate different thematic elements of the play.

Extended notes interleaved throughout the play present relevant illustrations and expand on mythological, historical, and religious references in the play. The accompanying online text will offer additional commentary on staging alternatives and more extensive visual materials.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 14.48mm | 397.8g
  • Peterborough, Canada
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 1554810949
  • 9781554810949
  • 562,592

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Twelfth Night has seldom been off the stage since Shakespeare's day. It has been performed for its romantic high comedy and its boisterous low comedy; with an emphasis on farce or on autumnal melancholy; as straightforward celebration of heterosexual love and marriage or as exploration of the complexity of gender. David Carnegie and Mark Houlahan's introduction to the play provides a lively discussion of the play's performance history and encourages readers to think about stagecraft and the play as a performance text, while the historical appendices provide materials that illuminate different thematic elements of the play.



Extended notes interleaved throughout the play present relevant illustrations and expand on mythological, historical, and religious references in the play. The accompanying online text will offer additional commentary on staging alternatives and more extensive visual materials.



A collaboration between Broadview Press and the Internet Shakespeare Editions project at the University of Victoria, the editions developed for this series have been comprehensively annotated and draw on the authoritative texts newly edited for the ISE. This innovative series allows readers to access extensive and reliable online resources linked to the print edition.
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Review quote

"Here is a text of Twelfth Night with a 'broad view' in more than name. There is, it seems, something for everyone in this edition, from the performer to the prosodist, and the pedant to the pupil. The edition is lavishly supplemented by other texts--some familiar, some surprising. Those appendices allow the reader to trace Twelfth Night's narrative and intellectual affiliations, enabling the reader to track not just the play's debts but its contribution to Renaissance preoccupations with music, friends, gender, and more. The text itself is amply illustrated, coherently lineated, and admirably glossed. In the notes, the reader will discover editors with a nuanced touch for performance. These are seasoned theatrical veterans with a deft ear for verse and a fine eye for staging possibilities. Used in synch with the internet Shakespeare's on-line resources, this edition both takes and offers a broad view of Twelfth Night." -- Paul Menzer, Mary Baldwin College
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About William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564-1616), poet and playwright, is generally considered the greatest dramatist in the English language.

David Carnegie is Professor of Theatre at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Mark Houlahan is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.
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