9780192814968

Romeo and Juliet

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192814968

  • ISBN10:

    0192814966

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-09-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

This innovative edition of one of Shakespeare's most beloved plays offers modernized texts not only of the 1599 quarto but also of the short, or "bad" quarto of 1597, regarding each as witness to a "mobile text" which changed in composition as Shakespeare wrote it and which has continued to evolve throughout its richly varied history, both in the theatre and in film, television, opera, and ballet. The more familiar 1599 text is accompanied by a detailed explanatory commentary. The Introduction traces the Romeo and Juliet narrative from its origins in myth through its adaptation in the novella, and shows how Shakespeare's transmutation of the story reflects contemporary concerns with love, death, adolescence, and patriarchism.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Introduction 1(1)
The Romeo and Juliet Narrative before Shakespeare
1(14)
Myth
2(2)
Novella
4(11)
`Romeo and Juliet': The Play
15(46)
Love, Death, and Adolescence
16(15)
Patriarchy
31(11)
Style and Genre
42(19)
Rhetoric
44(5)
Tragedy, Comedy, Sonnet
49(12)
Performance History
61(35)
Initial Staging
61(8)
Restoration to the Late Twentieth Century
69(27)
Date(s)
96(7)
The Mobile Text
103(24)
Quarto 1 (1597)
107(4)
Quarto 2 (1599) and its Derivatives
111(3)
Quarto 1 and Quarto 2: Provenance
114(13)
Editorial Procedures
127(304)
Abbreviations and References
128(303)
The Most Excellent and Lamentable Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
137(222)
An Excellent Conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet (QI)
359(72)
Index 431

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