eBook: A Midsummer Night's Dream (The New Cambridge Shakespeare, Updated Edition)

A Midsummer Night's Dream 
(The New Cambridge Shakespeare, Updated Edition)
By William Shakespeare, Edited by R. A. Foakes

Cambridge University Press | Updated Edition | 2003 | 168 pages | siPDF | 5 MB

Professor Foakes offers a new perspective on Shakespeare's most popular comedy, and also a profound archetypal play.

The introduction describes the two main traditions in the stage history of A Midsummer Night's Dream, one emphasising charm and innocence, the other stressing darker suggestions of violence and sexuality, and relates them to similar traditions in critical interpretation, showing that both are necessary to a full understanding of the play.

Illustrations show the variety of ways in which the play has been staged, including Peter Brook's 1970 production. The editorial commentary is especially concerned to help the reader visualize the play in performance.

For this updated edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream the editor has added a new section to the Introduction which takes account of the number of important professional theatre performances since the famous Peter Brook production of 1970, and the large output of scholarly criticism on the play which has appeared in recent years. The Reading List has also been revised and augmented.


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