Twelfth Night Texts and Contexts

ISBN-10: 0312202199

ISBN-13: 9780312202194

Edition: 2001

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This edition of Shakespeare’sTwelfth Nightreprints the Bevington edition of the play along with 7 sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare’s play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include facsimiles of period documents, maps, woodcuts, descriptions of the popular customs associated with Twelfth Night, anti-theatrical tracts, royal proclamations concerning dress, laws prohibiting certain sexual acts, poems fantasizing those very acts, early modern texts on household economies, passages from Puritan conduct books, excerpts from Ovid and Montaigne, a representative range of early modern opinions about boy actors, and theories of laughter. Besides contextualizing the audience for Shakespeare’s play and shedding light on some of his sources, the documents explore the range of sexual desires articulated in the play, competing ideas about music in early modern culture, religious controversy, the regulation of early modern society according to hierarchies, and the controversial place of laughter in early modern culture. Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 2/23/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 430
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

William Shakespeare, 1564 - 1616 Although there are many myths and mysteries surrounding William Shakespeare, a great deal is actually known about his life. He was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon, son of John Shakespeare, a prosperous merchant and local politician and Mary Arden, who had the wealth to send their oldest son to Stratford Grammar School. At 18, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, the 27-year-old daughter of a local farmer, and they had their first daughter six months later. He probably developed an interest in theatre by watching plays performed by traveling players in Stratford while still in his youth. Some time before 1592, he left his family to take up residence in London, where he began acting and writing plays and poetry. By 1594 Shakespeare had become a member and part owner of an acting company called The Lord Chamberlain's Men, where he soon became the company's principal playwright. His plays enjoyed great popularity and high critical acclaim in the newly built Globe Theatre. It was through his popularity that the troupe gained the attention of the new king, James I, who appointed them the King's Players in 1603. Before retiring to Stratford in 1613, after the Globe burned down, he wrote more than three dozen plays (that we are sure of) and more than 150 sonnets. He was celebrated by Ben Jonson, one of the leading playwrights of the day, as a writer who would be "not for an age, but for all time," a prediction that has proved to be true. Today, Shakespeare towers over all other English writers and has few rivals in any language. His genius and creativity continue to astound scholars, and his plays continue to delight audiences. Many have served as the basis for operas, ballets, musical compositions, and films. While Jonson and other writers labored over their plays, Shakespeare seems to have had the ability to turn out work of exceptionally high caliber at an amazing speed. At the height of his career, he wrote an average of two plays a year as well as dozens of poems, songs, and possibly even verses for tombstones and heraldic shields, all while he continued to act in the plays performed by the Lord Chamberlain's Men. This staggering output is even more impressive when one considers its variety. Except for the English history plays, he never wrote the same kind of play twice. He seems to have had a good deal of fun in trying his hand at every kind of play. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets, all published on 1609, most of which were dedicated to his patron Henry Wriothsley, The Earl of Southhampton. He also wrote 13 comedies, 13 histories, 6 tragedies, and 4 tragecomedies. He died at Stratford-upon-Avon April 23, 1616, and was buried two days later on the grounds of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford. His cause of death was unknown, but it is surmised that he knew he was dying.

About the Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Cultural Contexts
from Le Prince d'Amour, or The Prince of Love
from A Relation of a Journey Begun Anno Domini 1610
from The Schoolmaster
from Barnaby Rich His Farewell to the Military Profession
from The Book of Common Prayer
from Antiquitates Vulgares, or the Antiquities of the Common People
Musical Resources
from The Problems of Aristotle, with Other Philosophers and Physicians
from A Woman's Worth Defended Against All the Men in the World
Minds and Bodies
from Ovid's Metamorphosis Englished, Mythologized, and Represented in Figures
from Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans Compared Together
from The Praise of Music
from The Passions of the Mind in General
Will and Passion
from Shake-spear's Sonnets, Never Before Imprinted
Heart, Soul, and Genitalia
from The Passions of the Mind in General
from Microcosmographia: A Description of the Body of Man
Eroticism, Homoeroticism, Paneroticism
from The Heroical Epistles of Publius Ovidius Naso in English Verse
Sappho to Philaenis
from Gallathea
from The Whole Volume of Statutes at Large and Sir Edward Coke, From The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England
from Essays
from Salmacis and Hermaphroditus
Clothing and Disguise
from Of Excess of Apparel
An Inventory of Costumes
Social Rank
A Proclamation Enforcing Statutes and Proclamations of Apparel
from A Quip for an Upstart Courtier
from The Haven of Pleasure, Containing a Free Man's Felicity and a True Direction How to Live Well
from Arcadia
from Hic Mulier, or The Man-Woman and From Haec-Vir, or The Womanish Man
Eight Accounts of Boy Actors
Household Economies
from Civil Conversation
from The Golden Grove Moralized in Three Books
Traditional Hospitality
To Pensburst
from Grievous Groans for the Poor
from London and the Country Carbonadoed and Quartered into Several Characters
Puritan Ideals
from The Haven of Pleasure, Containing a Free Man's Felicity and a True Direction How to Live Well
from Christian Economy
Alternative Households
from Histrio-Mastix, The Players' Scourge or Actors' Tragedy
Last Will and Testament
Puritan Probity
from A Wife ... Whereunto Are Added Many Witty Characters
from English Puritanism
from A Survey of the Pretended Holy Discipline
from A Godly Form of Household Government
The Politics of Mirth
from The Anatomy of Abuses in Ailgna
The King's Majesty's Declaration to His Subjects concerning Lawful Sports to be Used
Clowning and Laughter
from Institutio Oratoria
Robert Armin's Career
from Fool upon Fool, or Six Sorts of Sots
from Quips upon Questions, or A Clown's Conceit on Occasion Offered
Theories of Laughter: Superiority
from Philebus
from Republic
from Nicomachean Ethics
from Galateo ... or rather A Treatise of the Manners and Behaviors It Behooveth a Man to Use and Eschew
Theories of Laughter: Incongruity
from Institutio Oratoria
Theories of Laughter: Relief
from Treatise on Laughter
Theories of Laughter: Rejoicing
from Treatise on Laughter
from A Defense of Poesy
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