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Much Ado about Nothing : The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series - William Shakespeare

Much Ado about Nothing

The Arden Shakespeare, Third Series


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Much Ado About Nothing boasts one of Shakespeare's most delightful heroines, most dancing wordplay, and the endearing spectacle of intellectual and social self-importance bested by the desire to love and be loved in return. It offers both the dancing wit of the "merry war" between the sexes, and a sobering vision of the costs of that combat for both men and women. Shakespeare dramatizes a social world in all of its vibrant particulars, in which characters are shaped by the relations between social convention and individual choice.This edition of the play offers in its introduction and commentary an extensive discussion of the materials that informed Shakespeare's compositional choices, both those conventional sources and other contexts, from cuckold jokes to conduct books, which inform the ideas and identities of this play. Particular attention is devoted to Renaissance understandings of gender identity and social rank, as well as to the social valences of Shakespeare's stylistic choices. A treatment of staging possibilities offers illustrations drawn from the earliest and recent theatrical practices, and a critical history examines the fate of the play in the changing trends of academic scholarship. "The text is superb... the critical introduction is predictably smart and engaging, exactly the sort of essay one would recommend to students."Eric Rasmussen, Shakespeare Survey .

About the Author

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born in Stratford-upon-Avon where his father was a prosperous glover. His early life is obscure, but he married Anne Hathaway in 1682 with whom he had two children. By 1592 he was establishing himself in London, and over the next twenty years he wrote thirty-seven plays-and contributed to many more-was a prolific poet, and was taken up by several influential patrons. His Sonnets were first printed in 1609 by George Eld for Thomas Thorpe. The identity of Mr. W.H. to whom the Sonnets are dedicated remains a mystery, as does the identity of the aristocratic youth in the Sonnets and the enigmatic Dark Lady.

List of illustrations
General Editors preface
Building a play: sources and contexts
The usual suspects: Ariosto and Bandello
Shakespeare's transformations of his sources: the creation of a social world
The maid
How many gentlemen?
The villain
The lover
Beyond the plot
Dialogue and debate forms
Sexual stereotypes
Modifications of type
Chaste, silent and obedient
Cuckolds Structure and style
The course of true love
Two plots?
Prose and the prosaic
Verbal handshakes
The even road of a blank verse
Image patterns
Songs Staging Much Ado
Tonal choices
Social representations
Choice of place and time
Cultural moment
Origins Criticisms Text
First impressions
Making a book
Who is in, who is out
Who gets to say what?
Much Ado About Nothing
Appendix: Casting chart Abbreviations and References
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ISBN: 9781903436820
ISBN-10: 1903436826
Series: The Arden Shakespeare
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 366
Published: 1st June 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.4  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised