Measure for Measure: Texts and Contexts / Edition 1

Measure for Measure: Texts and Contexts / Edition 1

by William Shakespeare, Karen Raber, Ivo Kamps
     
 

This edition of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four 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 royal proclamations,

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This edition of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four 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 royal proclamations, speeches, court records, sermons, biographical writings, prayers, ballads, poetry, excerpts from plays and the Bible, and drawings, woodcuts, and engravings. These documents contextualize the role of rulers and government in Jacobean society, crime and punishment in London’s underworld, the religious and secular laws that regulated marriage and sexuality, Catholic and Puritan morality, and the religious and cultural significance of chastity and virginity in Shakespeare’s time. Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an intelligent and engaging general introduction, introductions to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312395063
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
Bedford Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
306,398
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.07(h) x 0.68(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1William Shakespeare, Measure for measure17
Pt. 2Cultural Contexts115
1Governance117
The King James version of Measure for measure124
Divine right of kings and absolutism127
Machiavelli132
Anxiety135
Resistance142
Slander145
From The true law of the free monarchies148
From Basilikon Doron154
From The adventures of Brusanus, Prince of Hungary157
From The prince160
From The first sermon upon the Lord's prayer166
From A dialogue concerning the due privilege of government in the Kingdom of Scotland168
From The prince, or Maxims of state170
From A speech delivered to the king's most excellent majesty, in the name of the sheriffs of London and Middlesex175
Epigram 35. to King James176
From The phoenix178
2Marriage, sex, and society181
Marriage a la mode181
Understanding Isabella194
Chastity and eloquence200
Mariana and the play's resolution of women's rights203
From The law's resolution of women's rights205
From Christian economy209
From A treatise of spousals214
Of matrimony216
A selection of court cases concerned with sex219
From A book of Christian prayers221
From Instruction of a Christian woman223
From The Lord's Sermon on the Mount226
From The story of Epitia228
From The book of the city of ladies238
From The nun's rule241
From The life and legend of the Lady Saint Clare244
3The underworld251
Social and moral geography256
Prostitution, pox, and plague257
From The survey of London271
From Lantern and candlelight276
From Epigrams280
Proclamation against inmates280
From A caveat for common cursitors282
From Anatomy of abuses286
The fair beggar294
From The Dutch courtesan296
From Trail of a procurer300
From The counter's commonwealth301
The prisoners' petition310
The song of a constable312
4Geography and religion317
Puritanism329
From the Geneva Bible333
From An itinerary335
The Catholics' supplication337
From An answer unto the Catholics' supplication341
From News from Rome, Venice, and Vienna345
Letter to the King of Bohemia350
Letter from Vienna352

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