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The anonymous comedy, The Taming of a Shrew, was printed by Peter Short in 1594, and is presumed to have been performed before that date. In his Introduction, Stephen Miller analyzes the printing of the quarto and relates it to previous studies of Shakespeare quartos also printed by Short. He gives an account of the controversy surrounding the relation of A Shrew to the text of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, first printed in the First Folio of 1623, and supplies a table of scene-by-scene correspondences between the two texts.

A guide to reading "The Taming of the Shrew" with a critical and appreciative mind. Includes background on the author's life and times, sample tests, term paper suggestions, and a reading list.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780197290361
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/14/1999
  • Series: Malone Society Series
  • Edition description: FAC
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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Renowned as Shakespeare's most boisterous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew is the tale of two young men -- the hopeful Lucentio and the worldly Petruchio -- and the two sisters they meet in Padua. Lucentio falls in love with Bianca, the apparently ideal younger daughter of the wealthy Baptista Minola. But before they can marry, Bianca's formidable elder sister, Katherine, must be wed. Petruchio, interested only in the huge dowry, arranges to marry Katherine -- against her will -- and enters into a battle of the sexes that has endured as one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable works.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew 39
Pt. 2 Early Modern Debates 141
1 Alternative Endings 143
From The Taming of a Shrew 144
David Garrick, From Catharine and Petruchio 154
2 Marriage 160
A Homily of the State of Matrimony 169
Robert Snawsel, From A Looking Glass for Married Folks 184
T.E., From The Law's Resolutions of Women's Rights 195
3 The Household: Authority and Violence 200
John Dod and Robert Cleaver, From A Godly Form of Household Government 201
"A Woman's Work Is Never Done" 209
"The Woman to the Plow, And the Man to the Hen-Roost" 213
William Whately, From A Bride-Bush 222
William Gouge, From Of Domestical Duties: Eight Treatises 225
Thomas Becon, From A New Catechism Set Forth Dialogue-Wise in Familiar Talk Between the Father and the Son 232
William Gouge, From Of Domestical Duties: Eight Treatises 235
Of Masters' Maintaining Their Authority 235
Of Masters' Making Their authority to Be Despised 236
Of Masters' Too Great Rigor 237
Of Masters' Commanding Power, Restrained to Things Lawful 238
Of the Power of Masters to Correct Their Servants 239
Of the Restraint of Masters' Power: That It Reacheth Not to Their Servants' Life 240
Of the Masters' Excess in Correcting Servants 241
Of Masters' Ordering That Correction They Give to Their Servants 242
4 Shrews, Taming, and Untamed Shrews 244
"The Cruel Shrew" 244
A Merry Jest of a Shrewd and Curst Wife Lapped in Morel's Skin, for Her Good Behavior 254
"The Cucking of a Scold" 288
From The Tragical Comedy, or Comical Tragedy, of Punch and Judy 296
George Turberville, From The Book of Falconry or Hawking 309
Simon Latham, From Latham's Falconry 310
Matthew Hopkins, From The Discovery of Witches 314
John Sterne, From A Confirmation and Discovery of Witchcraft 315
Thomas Ady, From A Candle in the Dark 316
Thomas Harman, From A Caveat for Common Cursitors, Vulgarly Called Vagabonds 317
Thomas Heywood, From A Curtain Lecture 324
Bibliography 327
Index 337
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