Merry Wives Of Windsor

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Despite a consistent record of attracting appreciative audiences to the theater, The Merry Wives of Windsor has not received as much favorable criticism as it merits. Focusing on the unconventional Sir John Falstaff--one of Shakespeare's most vivid creations, best known for his role as confidant to Prince Hal in the Henry IV plays--this witty and satiric farce is perhaps Shakespeare's most realistic comedy. Comparing Falstaff's role in the two genres, many critics have found the comic characterization somewhat ...
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Overview

Despite a consistent record of attracting appreciative audiences to the theater, The Merry Wives of Windsor has not received as much favorable criticism as it merits. Focusing on the unconventional Sir John Falstaff--one of Shakespeare's most vivid creations, best known for his role as confidant to Prince Hal in the Henry IV plays--this witty and satiric farce is perhaps Shakespeare's most realistic comedy. Comparing Falstaff's role in the two genres, many critics have found the comic characterization somewhat weak; by concentrating almost exclusively on this perceived failing, they have often missed the structural strengths and coherent design of the play. R.S. White allusively draws on recent theories of literature, especially feminist criticism and reader-response theory, to illuminate and revalue this neglected play. Seeing Falstaff as a comic mirror of provincial society, he demonstrates how his behavior reflects the values of the town dwellers--notably, acquisitive capitalism and the tendency to treat women as property and marriage capital. His analysis reveals how Shakespeare's use of plot, character, and imperialist language highlights the political ramifications of the seemingly trivial story. White also presents the operatic adaptations of the play by Nicolai, Verdi, and Vaughan Williams as significant readings of the original as well as independent masterpieces. His study provides a cogent introduction to the general problems of interpreting Shakespeare in the present day as well as a fresh and insightful account of The Merry Wives of Windsor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781247964133
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 10/8/2011
  • Pages: 858
  • Product dimensions: 1.70 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 9.69 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
General editors' preface
Preface and acknowledgements
Introduction 1
The English comedy and the comedy of English 3
The comedy of language(s) and the Latin lesson 5
Translating: Italian into English - Falstaff's ancestry and the comedy of humours 9
Garter comedy: date, occasion and Falstaff's metamorphoses 18
Quarto and Folio: memorial reconstruction and acting version 31
Unconformities and comical satire 43
Structural unconformities and time gaps: three versions of Merry Wives 56
Critical attitude and stage life: the music of Merry Wives 80
This text: editorial procedures and conventions 109
Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor 119
App The First Quarto (1602) 292
Abbreviations and references 326
Abbreviations used in the notes 326
Works by and partly by Shakespeare 326
Editions of Shakespeare collated 328
Other works cited 330
Index 338
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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    I saw the play of The Merry Wives of Windsor, and it was very good i hope i will enjoy reading the book!! :)

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