The Taming of the Shrew: Texts and Contexts
This teaching edition of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew responds to the needs of instructors using a variety of approaches to Shakespeare, including feminist, historical, and cultural studies approaches. The play is accompanied by four sets of primary documents and illustrations thematically arranged to offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and Shakespeare's work within that culture. The texts include facsimiles of period documents, excerpts of conduct literature on marriage and on wife and servant beating, sermons, popular ballads, literary works offering alternative endings to Shakespeare's play, and documents on women's legal status. The primary documents contextualize the play's treatment of assertive women, marital conflict, and domestic disorder and violence. Editorial features designed to help students read the play in light of the historical documents include an intelligent and engaging general introduction, and introduction to each thematic group of documents, thorough headnotes and glosses for the primary documents (presented in modern spelling), and an extensive bibliography.
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It is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays. I especially liked the controversy it brought up regarding the meaning of the play because it can be interpreted in many different ways. You could say that Shakespeare was a feminist or that he showed men's power over women. I'm a fan of his comedies so i really enjoyed that witty humor in this play. There is just a lot of tricks and mischief that take place and its a very entertaining play to read.