Twelfth Night: Texts and Contexts / Edition 1

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This edition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with 7 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 facsimiles of period documents, maps, woodcuts, descriptions of the popular customs associated with Twelfth Night, anti-theatrical tracts, royal proclamations concerning dress, laws prohibiting certain sexual acts, poems fantasizing those very acts, early modern texts on household economies, passages from Puritan conduct books, excerpts from Ovid and Montaigne, a representative range of early modern opinions about boy actors, and theories of laughter. Besides contextualizing the audience for Shakespeare's play and shedding light on some of his sources, the documents explore the range of sexual desires articulated in the play, competing ideas about music in early modern culture, religious controversy, the regulation of early modern society according to hierarchies, and the controversial place of laughter in early modern culture.
Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an engaging general introduction, an introduction to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary documents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: 9780312202194
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 2/23/2001
  • Series: Bedford Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 533,446
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Series

About This Volume

List of Illustrations



Cultural Contexts

1. Romance
Sir Benjamin Rudyerd, From Le Prince d'Amour, or The Prince of Love
George Sandys, From A Relation of a Journey Begun Anno Domini 1610
Roger Ascham, From The Schoolmaster
Barnaby Rich, From Barnaby Rich His Farewell to the Military Profession
From The Book of Common Prayer
Henry Bourne, From Antiquitates Vulgares, or the Antiquities of the Common People

2. Music
Musical Resources
Aristotle (Attributed), From The Problems of Aristotle, with Other Philosophers and Physicians
Anthony Gibson, From A Woman's Worth Defended Against All the Men in the World
Mind and Bodies
Ovid, from Ovid's Metamorphosis Englished, Mythologized, and Represented in Figures
Plutarch, From Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans Compared Together
John Case (Attributed), From The Praise of Music
Thomas Wright, From The Passions of the Mind in General

3. Sexuality
Will and Passion
William Shakespeare, from Shake-spear's Sonnets, Never Before Imprinted
Heart, Soul, and Genitalia
Thomas Wright, From The Passions of the Mind in General
Helkiah Crooke, From Microcosmographia: A Description of the Body of Man
Ovid, From The Heroical Epistles of Publius Ovidius Naso in English Verse
John Donne, Sappho to Philaenis
John Lyly, From Gallathea
From The Whole Volume of Statutes at Large and Sir Edward Coke, From The Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England
Michel de Montaigne, From Essays
Francis Beaumont, from Salmacis and Hermaphroditus

4. Clothing and Disguise
From Of Excess of Apparel
Edward Alleyn and Philip Henslowe, An Inventory of Costumes
Social Rank
A Proclamation Enforcing Statutes and Proclamations of Apparel,
Robert Greene, from A Quip for an Upstart Courtier
I. T. (or J. T.), from The Haven of Pleasure Containing a Direction How to Live Well
Sir Philip Sidney, from Arcadia
From Hic Mulier, or The Man-Woman and From Haec-Vir, or The Womanish Man
Eight Accounts of Boy Actors

5. Household Economies
Stephano Guazzo, From Civil Conversation
William Vaughan, From The Golden Grove Moralized in Three Books
Traditional Hospitality
Ben Jonson, To Penshurst
From Grievous Groans for the Poor
Donald Lupton, From London and the Country Cardonadoed and Quartered into Several Characters
Puritan Ideals
I. T. (or J. T.), From The Haven of Pleasure, Containing a Free Man's Felicity and a True Direction How to Live Well
William Perkins, From Christian Economy
Alternative Households
William Prynne, from Histrio-Mastix, The Players' Scourge or Actors' Tragedy
Augustine Phillips, Last Will and Testament

6. Puritan Probity
Sir Thomas Overbury, From A Wife . . . Whereunto Are Added Many Witty Characters
William Bradshaw, from English Puritanism
Richard Bancroft, from A Survey of the Pretended Holy Discipline
Robert Cleaver and John Dod, From A Godly Form of Household Government
The Politics of Mirth
Phillip Stubbes, from The Anatomy of Abuses in Ailgna
James I and Charles I. The King's Majesty's Declaration to His Subjects Concerning Lawful Sports to be Used

7. Clowning and Laughter
Quintilian, from Institutio Oratoria
Robert Armin's Career
Robert Armin, From Fool upon Fool, or Six Sorts of Sots
Robert Armin, From Quips upon Questions, or A Clown's Conceit on Occasion Offered
Theories of Laughter
Plato, from Philebus
Plato, from Republic
Aristotle, from Nicomachean Ethics
Giovanni della Casa, From Galateo . . . or rather A Treatise of the Manners and Behaviors It Behooveth a Man to Use and Eschew
Quintilian, from Institutio Oratoria
Laurent Joubert, From Treatise on Laughter
Sir Philip Sidney, From A Defense of Poesy



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