Twelfth night : a guide to the play
Twelfth Night is one of the most accessible yet elusive of Shakespeare's plays. It has enjoyed enormous popularity in performance, but it continues to challenge students. It has experienced numerous revivals and has provoked some of the most brilliant critical responses from Shakespeare's critics. Written for students and general readers, this guide is a comprehensive introduction to Shakespeare's play.The volume begins with a look at the play's textual history and background. This is followed by an exploration of its historical and cultural contexts, its themes, and its sources and analogues. The book next turns to Shakespeare's dramatic art and examines his themes of identity, sexuality, and madness. The final chapters look at the critical response to the play and give special attention to the play's performance history. The guide closes with a bibliography.
eBook, English, 2006
Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 2006