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This major new edition of Shakespeare's greatest tragedy of love argues that that play is ultimately Juliet's. The play text is expertly edited and the on-page commentary notes discuss issues of staging, theme, meaning and Shakespeare's use of his sources to give the reader deep and engaging insights into the play. The richly illustrated introduction looks at the play's exceptionally beautiful and complex language and focuses on the figure of Juliet as being at its centre. Rene Weis discusses the play's critical, stage and film history, including West Side Story and Baz Lurhmann's seminal film Romeo + Juliet. An authoritative edition from a leading scholar giving the reader a penetrating and wide-ranging insight into this ever popular play
René Weis is a professor of English at University College London and a distinguished editor and biographer of Shakespeare.
Table of Contents
|List of illustrations||p. ix|
|General editors' preface||p. xi|
|Writing love||p. 1|
|'All the daughters of my father's house'||p. 2|
|Love's young sweet song: 'an excellent conceited tragedy'||p. 7|
|Love and literary form||p. 19|
|Time's winged chariot||p. 24|
|The dates of first performance and publication||p. 33|
|Lord Hunsdon's servants and will Kemp at the Curtain (1596-7?)||p. 33|
|Earth tremors and thirteen-year-old children||p. 36|
|Nashe's have with you to Saffron Walden (1596) and Romeo and Juliet||p. 39|
|A Midsummer Night's Dream||p. 41|
|Brooke's Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet||p. 44|
|Tybalt, Mercutio and Paris||p. 47|
|Performing love||p. 52|
|From London (c. 1596) and Cambridge (c. 1598-1601) to Douai (1694-5)||p. 53|
|From Garrick (1748) to Berlioz (1839) and Cushman (1845)||p. 60|
|From Gounod (1867) and Tchaikovsky (1870/80) to Gielgud and Prokofiev (1935)||p. 69|
|From West Side Story (1957) to Old Pronunciation shakespeare (2004)||p. 77|
|The age of Zeffirelli (1960-8)||p. 79|
|Bogdanov and Luhrmann: from Alfa Romeo to Clockwork Orange Shakespeare and beyond (1986-)||p. 85|
|The texts: Q1 (1597) and Q2 (1599)||p. 94|
|Nurse's italics and Capulet's Wife's speech prefixes||p. 98|
|Shakespeare's handwriting and what it has left us||p. 100|
|Second thoughts: Queen Mab and others||p. 102|
|From Q1 to Q2||p. 105|
|Q1's stage directions: a record of performance or 'literary' ornaments?||p. 110|
|Editorial procedures||p. 115|
|Romeo and Juliet||p. 117|
|Q1 and Q4 readings||p. 339|
|Q1 Romeo and Juliet||p. 341|
|Casting and doubling||p. 421|
|Abbreviations and references||p. 427|
|Abbreviations used in notes||p. 427|
|Works by and partly by Shakespeare||p. 427|
|Editions of Shakespeare collated||p. 428|
|Other works cited or used||p. 431|
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