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 favorite in stage performance, it has also been made into a number of successful films. Yet the play is also remarkably complex, as 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.

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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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