This volume traces the modern critical and performance history of this play, one of Shakespeare's most-loved and most-performed comedies. The essay focus on such modern concerns as feminism, deconstruction, textual theory, and queer theory.
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The PlayConcept as Expressed in Language
Play and Contest as Civilizing Functions
Play and Law
Play and War
Playing and Knowing
Play and Poetry
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