Measure for Measure: Texts and Contexts / Edition 1

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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 Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an intelligent and engaging general introduction, introductions to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary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: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Bedford Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 709,057
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.07 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 William Shakespeare, Measure for measure 17
Pt. 2 Cultural Contexts 115
1 Governance 117
The King James version of Measure for measure 124
Divine right of kings and absolutism 127
Machiavelli 132
Anxiety 135
Resistance 142
Slander 145
From The true law of the free monarchies 148
From Basilikon Doron 154
From The adventures of Brusanus, Prince of Hungary 157
From The prince 160
From The first sermon upon the Lord's prayer 166
From A dialogue concerning the due privilege of government in the Kingdom of Scotland 168
From The prince, or Maxims of state 170
From A speech delivered to the king's most excellent majesty, in the name of the sheriffs of London and Middlesex 175
Epigram 35. to King James 176
From The phoenix 178
2 Marriage, sex, and society 181
Marriage a la mode 181
Understanding Isabella 194
Chastity and eloquence 200
Mariana and the play's resolution of women's rights 203
From The law's resolution of women's rights 205
From Christian economy 209
From A treatise of spousals 214
Of matrimony 216
A selection of court cases concerned with sex 219
From A book of Christian prayers 221
From Instruction of a Christian woman 223
From The Lord's Sermon on the Mount 226
From The story of Epitia 228
From The book of the city of ladies 238
From The nun's rule 241
From The life and legend of the Lady Saint Clare 244
3 The underworld 251
Social and moral geography 256
Prostitution, pox, and plague 257
From The survey of London 271
From Lantern and candlelight 276
From Epigrams 280
Proclamation against inmates 280
From A caveat for common cursitors 282
From Anatomy of abuses 286
The fair beggar 294
From The Dutch courtesan 296
From Trail of a procurer 300
From The counter's commonwealth 301
The prisoners' petition 310
The song of a constable 312
4 Geography and religion 317
Puritanism 329
From the Geneva Bible 333
From An itinerary 335
The Catholics' supplication 337
From An answer unto the Catholics' supplication 341
From News from Rome, Venice, and Vienna 345
Letter to the King of Bohemia 350
Letter from Vienna 352
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