Midsummer Night's Dream: Texts and Contexts / Edition 1

Midsummer Night's Dream: Texts and Contexts / Edition 1

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by William Shakespeare
     
 

This edition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of primary documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare’s work within that culture. The texts, including facsimiles of period

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This edition of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by four sets of primary documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare’s work within that culture. The texts, including facsimiles of period documents, conduct literature, county records, reports of court entertainments, and Queen Elizabeth’s speeches, contextualize the play’s treatment of popular and royal festivity, communities of women (including Amazons, gossips, and nuns), marriage expectations, and the supernatural. Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an intelligent and engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary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:
9780312166212
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
01/15/1999
Series:
Bedford Shakespeare Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
346
Sales rank:
594,051
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.17(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

About The Series
About This Volume
List of Illustrations

Introduction

PART I: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (EDITED BY DAVID BEVINGTON)

PART II. CONTEXTUAL READINGS

1. Popular Festivals and Court Celebrations
The Rites of May
John Stow,From A Survey of London
Henry Machyn,From Diary of a Resident in London
Philip Stubbes,From The Anatomy of Abuses

The Ballad
The Fetching Home of May
Court Entertainments
Kenilworth and Coventry
Robert Laneham, From A Letter Descibing the Entertainment of the Queen at Kenilworth
Coventry Records of the Hock Tuesday Play
The Fairy Queen
From Entertainment at Elvetham
Edmund Spencer, From The Shepheardes Calendar

2. The Making of Men
The Ranks of Men: William Harrison's Of Degrees of People
William Harrison, From The Description of England
The Formation of the Ruler: Plutarch's Life of Theseus
Plutarch, From The Lives of Nobles Grecians and Romans
The Formation of the Gentleman: Sir Thomas Elyot and Rodger Ascham
Sir Thomas Elyot, From The Book Named the Governor
Rodger Ascham, From The Schoolmaster
Working Men
The Statute of Artificers
From The Statute of Artificers
Royal Proclaimation Regulating Chester Wages
The New Man: Simon Forman's Dreams
Simon Forman, From The Autobiography of Simon Forman

3.Female Attachments and Family Ties
Amazons
Christine de Pizan, From The Book of the City of Ladies
Sir Walter Raleigh, From The History of the World
John Knox, From The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiments of Women
Queen Elizabeth I, Address to the Troops at Tilbury
Gossips
Edward Gosynhyll, From The Schoolhouse of Women
Nuns
Richard Layton, A Letter, Certifying the Incontinency of the Nuns of Syon
Desiderius Erasmus, From A Maid Hating Marriage
The Virgin Queen
Queen Elizabeth I, From Speech to Parliment on Marriage and Succession
William Camden, From The Annals of Queen Elizabeth
A Poet and Her Patron
Amelia Lanyer, From The Description of Cooke-ham
Family Ties
Thomas Becon, From A New Catechism
Henry Bullinger, From The Christian Statue of Matrimony
William Gouge, From Of Domestical Duties
Philip Stubbes, From A Crystal Glass for Christian Women

4. Natural and Supernatural
Bad Weather and Dearth
John Stow, From The Annals of England
Metamorphosis and Monstrosity
Ovid and Reginald Scot
Ovid, From Metamorphoses, Book 14
Bestiality and Monstrosity
Prosecuting Buggery
From Calendar of Assize Records
Monsters and Prodigies
Ambroise Paré, From Of Monsters and Prodigies
Fairy Belief
John Aubrey,Collecting Fairy Lore
Richard Corbett, The Fairies' Farewell
The Mad Merry Pranks of Robin Good-fellow
ICorinthians 2:1--16

Bibliography
Index

ILLUSTRATIONS

1. Title Page of the Quarto A Midsummer Night's Dream
2. Woodcuts fo City and Woods from the Roxburghe Ballasd
3. Morris Dancers from the WIndow of a Gentleman'a House
4. Maypole DAnce from Michael Drayton;s Poly-Olbion
5. Woodcut Illustrating the Ballas "The Crost Couple"
6. Queen Elizabeth I on a Hunt
7. The Entertainment at Elvetham
8. The Queen and Her Court, from Edmund Spencer's The Shepheaardes Calandar
9. Page from Plutarch's The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans
10. Title Page from A Catechism
11. Title Page from George Tuberville's The Noble Art of Venery
12. Manuscript Page from The Autobiography of SImon Forman
13. Lascivious and Threatening Amazons from Sir Walter Raleigh's The Discovery of Guiana
14. Amazons, Each with a Breast Removed, from John Bulwer's Anthropometamorphosis
15. Queen Elizabeth I as an Amazon
16. Frontispiece from Samuel Rowland's 'Tis Merry When Gossip Meet
17. Woodcut from Christine de Pizan's The Book of the City of Ladies
18. Circe Transforming Ulysses' Sailor into Animals
19. Monster, Half-Man, Half-Pig, from Ambroise Pare's Of Monsters and Prodigies
20. Title Page from Robin Good-fellow, His Mad Pranks

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