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"Midsummer Night's Dream"

Conflict and Change in Britain Series

By: Judith M. Kennedy (Editor), Richard F. Kennedy (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9780485810035
Number Of Pages: 488

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In this volume, the Introduction describes the critical response to A Midsummer Night's Dream from around 1598 to the present-day, while the documentary section runs from 1775 to 1920 and includes work by British, American and European critics.

General Editor's Prefacep. x
Prefacep. xx
Introductionp. 1
Moral conventions and human sympathy, 1775p. 59
Artists' interpretations of dramatic effects, 1787p. 63
Commentary on A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1790p. 66
Bottom as coxcomb, 1792p. 70
Response to Malone, 1793p. 74
Illustrations of some passages, 1794p. 76
His fertile and creative fancy, 1800p. 79
On metre, invention, and a unified whole, 1815p. 81
Unity of feeling and of imagery, and the fairies, 1817p. 84
Bottom, Puck, and the incompatibility of poetry and the stage, 1817p. 90
Malone's last words, 1821p. 94
Mainly on the fairies, 1824p. 97
The fairy world, the clowns, the poetry, 1828p. 101
New actors on the mimic scene-the fairies, 1828p. 105
Marginalia and other notes, 1836p. 108
Bottom the lucky man, 1837p. 111
Critics refuted, 1838p. 118
Originality in structure, machinery, and language, 1839p. 121
The Pictorial Edition of A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1839p. 123
The poet's dream, 1840p. 130
Anachronisms, Nick Bottom as Midas, and stage representation, 1841p. 132
Oberon's Vision allegorized, 1843p. 137
Fairy drama and human nature, 1843p. 142
Poet of the Fairies, 1844p. 145
A comment, with some explanatory notes, 1845p. 148
The theme of self-parody, 1846p. 153
Introductory remarks, 1847p. 157
The sister arts, and the play's structural balance, 1848p. 162
A festival of dainties, 1851p. 168
The Dream and Art, 1851, 1872, 1883, 1884p. 173
A most charming entertainment of the stage, 1853p. 177
Samuel Phelps's Bottom, 1853p. 181
Dramatic and poetic art, 1854p. 184
Dialogue with a sceptic, 1854p. 190
Critical remarks on the play, 1856p. 197
Celtic elements, 1859p. 203
Genre and inner purpose, 1863p. 206
Intuitive power of characterization, 1863p. 214
The play's limitations, 1864p. 217
The sacred mysteries in the play, 1865p. 219
The secret meaning of the Interlude, 1865p. 225
The perfection of imbecilic clowns, 1866p. 229
Not critics, but lowly worshippers of the Beautiful, 1869p. 232
The theme is love, 1871p. 235
Bottom--an ass, but no fool, 1873p. 238
A Midsummer Night's Dream as masque, 1874p. 241
Self-reflexive structure: the Real, the Ideal, and the Representation, 1874p. 245
Shakespeare differentiated from Bacon, 1875p. 253
Theseus as the central figure, 1875p. 256
A comedy of incident, 1875p. 259
Consummation of Shakespeare's lyrical genius, 1876p. 262
Bottom, a self-made man, 1876p. 264
The full glow of fancy and fun, 1877p. 267
The wood is the world, 1879p. 270
Titania and Ovid, 1880p. 274
A Platonic reading, 1884p. 277
Interpreting the spoken verse, 1885p. 281
Observations on the lovers and the mechanicals, 1886p. 288
Poet rather than dramatist, 1888p. 292
Source of the play's popularity, 1888p. 295
Classical and modern, 1890p. 298
Reason and desire in Oberon and Titania, 1890p. 303
The development of morality and art, 1891p. 307
A true work of art, 1894p. 313
The duration of the action, 1895p. 317
Life and art, 1895p. 321
Mr. Daly and the idea of titivation, 1895p. 324
Remarks on the play and modern education, 1895p. 328
Theseus, Bottom, and the Interlude, 1896p. 332
The central idea, 1897p. 335
The airy dream, 1898p. 339
Illusion, realism, and imagination, 1900p. 343
Dream visions, 1903p. 346
A comedy of situation and enchantment, 1903p. 353
Shakespeare's working classes, 1903p. 357
The atmosphere of the play, 1904p. 360
Love, dreamland, and Helena, 1905p. 365
The theme of illusion, 1907p. 368
The nature and sources of the play, 1908p. 370
The most beautiful work of man, 1909p. 373
Shakespeare's conception of his art, 1911p. 374
Screeds of word-music, 1914p. 378
Three types of fairies: Puck, Oberon and Titania, 1916p. 381
The dream's validity, 1917p. 383
Comedy of love, 1920p. 386
Notesp. 389
Select Bibliographyp. 419
Indexp. 436
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ISBN: 9780485810035
ISBN-10: 0485810034
Series: Conflict and Change in Britain Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 1st October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.98 x 16.31  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1