A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare: The Critical Tradition
Author: Judith M. Kennedy,Richard F. Kennedy
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1847141757
Category: Drama
Page: 488
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This study traces the response to "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from Shakespeare's day to the present, including critics from Britain, Europe and America.

The Oxford Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN: 9780192834201
Category: Drama
Page: 275
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A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps the best loved of Shakespeare's plays. It brings together aristocrats, workers, and fairies in a wood outside Athens, and from there the enchantment begins. In the introduction to this edition, Peter Holland pays particular attention to dreams and dreamers, and to Shakespeare's construction of a world of night and shadows. Both here and in his commentary he explores the play's extensive performance history to illustrate the wide range of interpretations of which it is capable. - ;A Midsummer Night's Dream is perhaps the best loved of Shakepeare's plays. It brings together aristocrats, workers, and fairies in a wood outside Athens, and from there the enchantment begins. Simple and engaging on the surface, it is none the less a highly original and sophisticated work, remarkable for both its literary and its theatrical mastery. It is one of the very few of Shakespeare's plays which do not draw on narrative sources, which suggests that it reflects his deepest imaginative concerns to an unusual degree. In his introduction Peter Holland pays particular attention to dreams and dreamers, and to Shakespeare's construction of a world of night and shadows. Both here and in his commentary he explores the play's extensive performance history to illustrate the wide range of interpretations of which it is capable. -

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream


Author: Nicolas Tredell
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 113707583X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 200
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A Midsummer Night's Dream is an enchanting and extraordinary comedy. With its rich poetry and vigorous prose, and its combination of magic, myth, romance and humour, it ranks among Shakespeare's most popular and memorable plays. However, it has also increasingly been recognized as a profound and penetrating exploration of love, desire, gender, social hierarchy, dramatic art, imagination and vision. In this Reader's Guide, Nicolas Tredell: • explores the key critical responses to the play, from the late seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries • provides succinct and searching accounts of the most vibrant commentaries and interpretations • sets these accounts in their critical, theoretical and historical contexts. Informed and incisive, this survey is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and all those who wish to enhance their grasp of Dream criticism and engage in the ongoing critical debates about the play.

A Midsummer Night's Dream


Author: Martin White
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1137241217
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 184
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This introductory guide to one Shakespeare's most read and performed plays offers a scene-by-scene theatrically aware commentary, a brief history of the text and first performances, case studies of key performances and productions, a survey of film and TV adaptations, and a wide sampling of critical opinion and annotated further reading.

A Midsummer Night's Dream 3 Audio CD Set


Author: William Shakespeare,Naxos AudioBooks
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521624879
Category: Literary Collections
Page: 15
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The cast of this unabridged recording of A Midsummer Night's Dream includes Warren Mitchell as Bottom and Sarah Woodward as Titania.

A Midsummer Night's Dream (UBSPD Modern Shakespeare)


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: University of Washington Press
ISBN: 9788174762016
Category: Electronic books
Page: 362
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Ubspd'S Modern Shakespeare Series Is Basically Meant For Those Reading The Works Of William Shakespeare For The First Time, Particularly Students. This Volume Comprises The Complete Text With A Detailed Introduction And Notes On: The Story Of The Play; Act-Wise, Scene-Wise Summary; Selected Questions And Answers; Text And Paraphrase; Characters Of The Play; Select Criticism; The Life And Works Of Shakespeare; Shakespeare Tragedy; Shakespeare Comedy; Shakespeare'S Historical Plays And Shakespeare'S Use Of Rhyme And Prose.

Marxist Shakespeares


Author: Jean E. Howard,Scott Cutler Shershow
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134633041
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 320
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Marxist Shakespeares uses the rich analytic resources of the Marxist tradition to look at Shakespeare's plays afresh. The book offers new insights into the historical conditions within which Shakespeare's representations of class and gender emerged, and into Shakespeare's role in the global culture industry stretching from Hollywood to the Globe Theatre. A vital resource for students of Shakespeare which includes Marx's own readings of Shakespeare, Derrida on Marx, and also Bourdieu, Bataillle, Negri and Alice Clark.

The New Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare


Author: Margreta De Grazia,Stanley Wells
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 0521886325
Category: Drama
Page: 360
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Twenty-one essays provide lively and authoritative approaches to the literary, historical, cultural and performative aspects of Shakespeare works.

The Practical Shakespeare

The Plays in Practice and on the Page
Author: Colin Butler
Publisher: Ohio University Press
ISBN: 0821416219
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 205
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A comprehensive treatment of Shakespeare's plays in clear prose, The Practical Shakespeare: The Plays in Practice and on the Page illuminates for a general audience how and why the plays work so well.Noting in detail the practical and physical limitations the Bard faced as he worked out the logistics of his plays, Colin Butler demonstrates how Shakespeare incorporated and exploited those limitations to his advantage: his management of entrances and exits; his characterization technique; his handling of scenes off stage; his control of audience responses; his organization of major scenes; and his use of prologues and choruses. A different aspect of the plays is covered in each chapter?and all chapters are free-standing, for separate consultation. For easy access, chapters also are subdivided, and each part has its own heading. Butler draws most of his examples from mainstream plays, such as Macbeth, Othello, and Much Ado About Nothing. He brings special focus to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is treated as one of Shakespeare's most important plays. Butler supports his major points with quotations, so readers can understand an issue even if they are unfamiliar with the particular play being discussed. The author also cross-references dramatic devices among plays, increasing enjoyment and understanding of Shakespeare's achievements. Clear, jargon-free, easy-to-use, and comprehensive, The Practical Shakespeare looks to the elements of stagecraft and playwriting as a conduit for students, teachers, and general audiences to engage with, understand, and appreciate the genius of Shakespeare. Colin Butler, previously the head of an English department at a British grammar school, lives in Canterbury, England, where he writes on literary subjects.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Guide to the Play
Author: Jay L. Halio
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780313321900
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 168
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This reference covers the comedy's genesis, history, characters, plot, themes, and reception.

The Text of King Lear


Author: Madeleine Doran
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Lear, King (Legendary character), in literature
Page: 148
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König Lear

ein Trauerspiel in fünf Aufzügen
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 110
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Der Sturm


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 3849688607
Category: Drama
Page: 88
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“Der Sturm” ist das letzte Theaterstück, das Shakespeare geschrieben hat. Erzählt wird die Geschichte des Zauberers und Herzogs von Mailand Prospero und dessen Tochter Miranda, die auf einer Insel gestrandet sind. Beide mussten vor Prosperos Bruder Antonio fliehen, der Mailand angegriffen hatte. Nun herrscht Prospero über den Luftgeist Ariel, den er aus einer gespaltenen Kiefer befreite, in die ihn Caliban, der Sohn der Hexe Sycorax, verflucht hatte.

Shakespeare Survey


Author: Kenneth Muir
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521523684
Category: Drama
Page: 232
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The first fifty volumes of this yearbook of Shakespeare studies are being reissued in paperback.

Shakespeare and the Visual Imagination


Author: Stuart Sillars
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316381005
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: N.A
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Shakespeare's knowledge of the practices of visual art, its fundamental concepts and the surrounding debates is clear from his earliest works. This book explores this relationship, showing how key works develop visual compositions as elements of dramatic movement, construction of ideas, and reflections on the artifice of theatre and language. The Taming of the Shrew, Love's Labour's Lost, Richard II and A Midsummer Night's Dream are explored in detail, offering new insights into their forms, themes, and place in European traditions. The use of emblems is examined in Titus Andronicus and As You Like It; studies of Venus and Adonis, some sonnets and The Rape of Lucrece reveal different but related visual aspects; a later chapter suggests how the new relation between seeing and soliloquy in The Rape of Lucrece is developed in other plays. Extensively illustrated, the book explores Shakespeare's assimilation and exploration of visual traditions in structure, theme and idea throughout the canon.

The Fairy Queen


Author: Henry Purcell
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107634121
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 82
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First published in 1931, this book presents the text of Thomas Purcell's opera The Fairy Queen, which was performed in this form as an acted adaptation at the New Theatre, Cambridge from 10-14 February 1931. Purcell based his opera on A Midsummer Night's Dream and this version was altered to incorporate more dialogue from Shakespeare's play in place of changes made by an anonymous librettist in 1692. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in Purcell and Shakespeare.

As You Like It


Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139812084
Category: Literary Collections
Page: N.A
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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.