Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

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About the Series: No other series of classic texts equals the caliber of the Norton Critical Editions. Each volume combines the most authoritative text available with the comprehensive pedagogical apparatus necessary to appreciate the work fully. Careful editing, first-rate translation, and thorough explanatory annotations allow each text to meet the highest literary standards while remaining accessible to students. Each edition is printed on acid-free paper and every text in the series remains in print. Norton Critical Editions are the choice for excellence in scholarship for students at more than 2,000 universities worldwide.
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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.36 x 10.16mm | 317.51g
  • Focus Publishing/R Pullins & Co
  • MA, United States
  • English
  • Photos from major productions
  • 1585101648
  • 9781585101641
  • 2,544,261

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Even as the New Kittredge Shakespeare series glances back to George Lyman Kittredge's student editions of the plays, it is very much of our current moment: the slim editions are targeted largely at high school and first-year college students who are more versed in visual than in print culture. Not only are the texts of the plays accompanied by photographs or stills from various stage and cinema performances: the editorial contributions are performance-oriented, offering surveys of contemporary film interpretations, essays on the plays as performance pieces, and an annotated filmography. Traditional editorial issues (competing versions of the text, cruxes, editorial emendation history) are for the most part excluded; the editions focus instead on clarifying the text with an eye to performing it. There is no disputing the pedagogic usefulness of the New Kittredge Shakespeare's performance-oriented approach. At times, however, it can run the risk of treating textual issues as impediments, rather than partners, to issues of performance. This is particularly the case with a textually vexed play such as "Pericles: Prince of Tyre." In the introduction to the latter, Jeffrey Kahan notes the frequent unintelligibility of the play as originally published: "the chances of a reconstructed text matching what Shakespeare actually wrote are about 'nil'" (p. xiii) But his solution -- to use a "traditional text" rather than one corrected as are the Oxford and Norton "Pericles" -- obscures how this "traditional text," including its act and scene division, is itself a palimpsest produced through three centuries of editorial intervention. Nevertheless, the series does a service to its target audience with its emphasis on performance and dramaturgy. Kahan's own essay about his experiences as dramaturge for a college production of "Pericles" is very good indeed, particularly on the play's inability to purge the trace of incestuous desire that Pericles first encounters in Antioch. Othe
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About William Shakespeare

Gayle Gaskill is professor of English at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has contributed articles to "Who Hears in Shakespeare?: Auditory Worlds on Stage and Screen" (Fairleigh Dickinson 2012), "The Merchant of Venice: Critical Essays." (Routledge 2002), "The Shakespeare Newsletter," and the "Greenwood"" Companion to Shakespeare." Her reviews have appeared in "Renaissance Quarterly" and "Cahiers elisabethains."
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"Gayle Gaskill offers appropriate tribute to G.L. Kittredge by updating his classic tradition with a mastery, thoroughness, and verve worthy of the original. This excellent edition is marked by impeccable scholarship that everywhere displays careful attention to detail and keen sensitivity to the needs of modern readers." --John W. Mahon, Co-Editor, " The Shakespearean Newsletter" and Professor of English, Iona CollegeGeorge Lyman Kittredge's insightful editions of Shakespeare have endured in part because of this eclecticism, his diversity of interests, and his wide-ranging accomplishments--all of which are reflected in the valuable notes in each volume. The plays in the New Kittredge Shakespeare series retain the original Kittredge notes and introductions, changed or augmented only when some modernization seems necessary. These new editions also include introductory essays by contemporary editors, notes on the plays as they have been performed on stage and film, and additional student materials.These plays are being made available by Focus Publishing with the permission of the Kittredge heirs.Gayle Gaskill is professor of English at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has contributed articles to "Who Hears in Shakespeare?: Auditory Worlds on Stage and Screen" (Fairleigh Dickinson 2012), "The Merchant of Venice: Critical Essays" (Routledge 2002), "The Shakespeare Newsletter, and the Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare." Her reviews have appeared in "Renaissance Quarterly "and" Cahiers elisabethains."
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