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The Winter's Tale : The New Cambridge Shakespeare - William Shakespeare

The Winter's Tale

The New Cambridge Shakespeare


Published: 1st March 2007
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The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's most varied, theatrically self-conscious, and emotionally wide-ranging plays. This edition provides a newly edited text, a comprehensive introduction that takes into account current critical thinking, and a detailed commentary on the play's language designed to make it easily accessible to contemporary readers. Much of the play's copiousness inheres in its generic intermingling of tragedy, comedy, romance, pastoral, and the history play. In addition to dates and sources, the introduction attends to iterative patterns, the nature and cause of Leontes' jealousy, the staging and meaning of the bear episode, and the thematic and structural implications of the figure of Time. Special attention is paid to the ending and its tempered happiness. Performance history is integrated throughout the introduction and commentary. Textual analysis, four appendices - including the theatrical practice of doubling, and a select chronology of performance history - and a reading list complete the edition.

'... The New Cambridge Shakespeare produces superb editions that rank with the Arden and the Oxford as the best in the business. This year's The Winter's Tale is no exception.' Studies in English Literature

Introduction: Genre and title
Iterative patterns: sameness with a difference
LeontesG++ jealousy in criticism and performance
G++Exit pursued by a bearG++
The figure of Time
Act 5 and the triumphs of Time
The WinterG++s TaleG++s sense of an ending: happiness qualified
Note on the text
List of characters
Supplementary notes
Textual analysis
Simon FormanG++s notes on The WinterG++s Tale
Some doubling possibilities in The WinterG++s Tale
The WinterG++s Tale in performance: selected issues, scenes, and passages
The WinterG++s Tale: a select performance chronology
Reading list
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521221580
ISBN-10: 0521221587
Series: The New Cambridge Shakespeare
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st March 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 2