Twelfth Night (Arden Shakespeare, Third Series)

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Critically acclaimed as one of Shakespeare's most complex and intriguing plays, Twelfth Night is a classic romantic comedy of mistaken identities. In recent years it has returbaned to the center of critical debate surrounding gender and sexuality. The introduction explores the multiple factors that make up the play's rich textual, theatrical, critical, and cultural history. Keir Elam surveys the play's production and reception, emphasizing the role of the spectator both within the comedy and the playhouse. He ...

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Overview

Critically acclaimed as one of Shakespeare's most complex and intriguing plays, Twelfth Night is a classic romantic comedy of mistaken identities. In recent years it has returbaned to the center of critical debate surrounding gender and sexuality. The introduction explores the multiple factors that make up the play's rich textual, theatrical, critical, and cultural history. Keir Elam surveys the play's production and reception, emphasizing the role of the spectator both within the comedy and the playhouse. He also discusses the themes of perspective and interpreting visual images, theatric and film adaptations of the play, and Twelfth Night's comedic elements, and provides individual analyses of Malvolio, Sir Toby, Sir Andrew, Feste, Orsino, Olivia, and Viola. Editorial craft, casting and the use of music are addressed in the appendices, which also include a list of abbreviations and references, a catalog of Shakespeare’s works and works partly by Shakespeare, and citations for the modern productions mentioned in the text, other collated editions of Twelfth Night, and other related reading.

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“The editorial goals of the Arden project are ably met in this edition. Elam’s...astounding knowledge of elements of performance make this edition a mustread...Brings together into one volume a wealth of textual, bibliographical, and critical scholarship; a variety of background materials; helpful images and charts; and information and analysis concerning stage and film performances.The introduction exemplifies scholarly achievement...Magisterial footnotes.”—Shakespeare Quarterly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781903436998
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/2/2009
  • Series: Arden Shakespeare Series
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 428
  • Sales rank: 225,738
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Keir Elam is a Professor of English Literature at the University of Bologna, where he is Head of the Department of Modern Languages.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
General Editor's preface
Preface
Introduction
Ay, That's the Theme: Topics in Twelfth Night
Endings and Beginnings
Or What You Will: The Pleasures and Trials of Spectatorship
We Three: The Interpretation Compulsion

Around Twelfth Night
A Very Opal: The Play of Perspective
'Tis My Picture: Deciphering Visual Images
Changeable Taffeta: Materials and Materiality
In What Chapter of his Bosom?: Reading the Body
Sicken and So Die: Disease, Contagion and Death
As an Eunuch: Castration, Civility, and Intertextuality
This is Illyria, Lady: Space and Place
The Whirligig of Time: Levels of Temporality
Words are Very Rascals: Language and Discourse
Make a Good Show On't: Twelfth Night in Performance
If This Were Played Upon a Stage: Performances Virtual and Actual
First Night
Later Nights: Adaptations and Rearrangements
Our Shows Are More than Will: Victorian Special Effects and Modernist Experiments
Seasonal Nights
Illyrian Variations
The Mettle of Your Sex: Gender and Homoeroticism
Show You the Picture: Twelfth Night on Film
Are You A Comedian?: Players and Parts
Art Any More Than a Steward?: Malvolio
Your Drunken Cousin: Sir Toby
An Ass-head and a Coxcomb and a Knave: Sir Andrew
An Allowed Fool: Feste
A Noble Duke: Orsino
Here Comes the Countess: Olivia
I Am Not That I Play: Viola
Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Appendix 1: The Text and Editorial Procedures
Appendix 2: Casting
Appendix 3: Music
Abbreviations and References
Abbreviations Used in Notes
Works By and Partly By Shakespeare
Editions of Shakespeare Collated
Other Works Cited
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2007

    Confusing Comedy Aided by Excellent Extras

    I used this copy of Twelfth Night for my Shakespeare class, and it was far superior to the edition the professor had chosen. The text is printed on the right page and notes appear on the left. The trade paperback provides room for a decent sized font and room for notes in the margins. The notes themselves are invaluable to understanding the play, and the extended notes and commentary in the back (illustrations of the stage, notes on modernization of text...) are interesting as well as informative. This rivals texts that are twice the price.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    Great!

    Every B&N Shakespeare has been awesome and this is no exception. Nice, clear text, helpful notations, and interesting articles. Highly recommended.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2009

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    Tragically overshadowed

    Of all of Shakespeare's comedies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Much Ado About Nothing get all the credit. They are both great plays, but Twelfth Night takes the cake!! It's a brilliant plot with the perfect amount of confusion. And the ending isn't obvious!! In most plays, what happens to all the characters is blatantly obvious!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2008

    One of Shakespeare's Most Brilliant.

    Fantastic, fantastic play. The format of this book is very manageable, and one would most likely find the translation most beneficial. 'Twelfth Night' doesn't get the credit it deserves.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    TO ALL THAT READ THIS

    JOIN DARKCLAN AT "OTHELLO" ALL RSULYS!!! ALSO, IF YOU DONT HAVE A MATE, GO TO "LOVE. COM" AND READ ICICLES POST!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Rainstar

    Hehe. Should we advertise?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Frostpaw

    Returned from a jurney. Snowkit raced to her and nuzzled her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Difinitypaw

    Got a Clan. Gtg. Bbl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Nightsar

    He growles and stabbedhis claws into ravens neck and twistedand pulled out and fell he lost a life.
    Flamelily screame in pain but she headbuttexcougar knocking him down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Raven

    He growls and slaps bloodnights nuzzle, hen slashes his forehead blinding her with her own blood. "Shut up you mouse brain. Your lucky. We'll be back!" He swears and pads out after xalling his patrol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Coalpaw to Rainstar

    [Two questions: 1)who's my mentor(sorry, I forgot) 2)can you look at my question? You'll have to scroll down a bit to find it though]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2014

    Leafpelt

    Ikr

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Buemoon

    She ran away back to her cl befiretheh did that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    It sucked

    It sucked

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  • Posted October 12, 2013

    Loved it!

    My son took Shakespeare his senior year of high school and had been recommending this to me. I have a rule that I read one classic for every other book I read. This was a fun read. Bravo!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    A great version of the text. The images from various films help

    A great version of the text. The images from various films help students to think about the play as performance. Gayle Gaskill's additions are particularly beneficial and interesting. Best option for Twelfth Night!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Nice

    Good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Yay!

    Save money on school books. Buy B&N.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    Highly recommended for the serious Shakespearean student

    I esp. liked being able to read 2 pages side-by-side on my NookColor.
    The detailed introduction was extremely helpful, and the selected modern wordage beside the Elizabethan words in each scene added considerable clarity to the play.
    I've been to the Folger Library in D.C., and recognize the skill and accuracy used in their publications. I will order other plays in the series with confidence.

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