Romeo And Juliet Third Series

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-15
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare

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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

Author Biography

René Weis is a professor of English at University College London and a distinguished editor and biographer of Shakespeare.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
General editors' prefacep. xi
Prefacep. xvi
Introductionp. 1
Writing lovep. 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 formp. 19
Time's winged chariotp. 24
The dates of first performance and publicationp. 33
Lord Hunsdon's servants and will Kemp at the Curtain (1596-7?)p. 33
Earth tremors and thirteen-year-old childrenp. 36
Nashe's have with you to Saffron Walden (1596) and Romeo and Julietp. 39
A Midsummer Night's Dreamp. 41
Sourcesp. 43
Brooke's Tragical History of Romeus and Julietp. 44
Tybalt, Mercutio and Parisp. 47
Performing lovep. 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 prefixesp. 98
Shakespeare's handwriting and what it has left usp. 100
Second thoughts: Queen Mab and othersp. 102
From Q1 to Q2p. 105
Q1's stage directions: a record of performance or 'literary' ornaments?p. 110
Editorial proceduresp. 115
Romeo and Julietp. 117
Appendicesp. 339
Q1 and Q4 readingsp. 339
Q1 Romeo and Julietp. 341
Rhymep. 418
Casting and doublingp. 421
Abbreviations and referencesp. 427
Abbreviations used in notesp. 427
Works by and partly by Shakespearep. 427
Editions of Shakespeare collatedp. 428
Other works cited or usedp. 431
Indexp. 441
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