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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
General Editor's preface
Ay, That's the Theme: Topics in Twelfth Night
Endings and Beginnings
Or What You Will: The Pleasures and Trials of Spectatorship We Three: The Interpretation Compulsion
Around Twelfth Night
A Very Opal: The Play of Perspective
'Tis My Picture: Deciphering Visual Images
Changeable Taffeta: Materials and Materiality
In What Chapter of his Bosom?: Reading the Body
Sicken and So Die: Disease, Contagion and Death
As an Eunuch: Castration, Civility, and Intertextuality
This is Illyria, Lady: Space and Place
The Whirligig of Time: Levels of Temporality
Words are Very Rascals: Language and Discourse
Make a Good Show On't: Twelfth Night in Performance
If This Were Played Upon a Stage: Performances Virtual and Actual
Later Nights: Adaptations and Rearrangements
Our Shows Are More than Will: Victorian Special Effects and Modernist Experiments