A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's most widely studied comedies. This guide offers students an introduction to its critical and performance history, including notable stage productions, TV, and film versions as well as opera and ballet.
It includes a keynote chapter outlining major areas of current research on the play and four new critical essays. Finally, a guide to critical, web-based and production-related resources and an annotated bibliography provide a basis for further individual research.
Table of Contents
Introduction Regina Buccola
1 The Critical Backstory Dorothea Kehler
2 Performance History Jeremy Lopez
3 The State of the Art-Current Critical Research Tripthi Pillai
4 New Directions: Soundings in A Midsummer Night's Dream Tom Clayton
5 New Directions: The Weaver's Dream-Mnemonic scripts and Memorial texts Paul Menzer
6 New Directions: Spirits of Another Sort: Constructing Shakespeare's Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream Matthew Woodcock
7 New Directions: Shakespeare and the Fairy King: Re-viewing the Cultural and Political Contexts of A Midsummer Night's Dream Annaliese Connolly
Resources Adrienne L. Eastwood
Notes on Contributors