A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Guide to the Play

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Greenwood Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 168 pages
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A Midsummer Night's Dream is one of Shakespeare's happiest comedies and his first clear triumph in that genre. A perennial favourite in stage performance, it has also been made into successful films, and students of all ages love to act in it. The play is also remarkably complex. Shakespeare presents several different worlds, draws on a rich tradition of folk and fairy lore, and questions the art of dramatic representation. This reference is a convenient and thorough introduction to his comedy. It then considers his sources and contexts, along with the play's characters, language, and plot. The volume next examines the play's themes and its critical and scholarly reception. Because of the play's tremendous popularity, separate chapters treat stage and film versions. A selected, annotated bibliography summarizes the most important works for further reading.

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Contents

Contexts and Sources
13
Dramatic Structure
33
Themes
51
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

JAY L. HALIO is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware. His numerous publications include King Lear: A Guide to the Play (2001), Romeo and Juliet: A Guide to the Play (1998), and Understanding The Merchant of Venice (2000), all available from Greenwood Press.

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