9780743452977

The Taming of the Shrew

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  • ISBN13:

    9780743452977

  • ISBN10:

    0743452976

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-11-05
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press

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Summary

"The Taming of the Shrew" is unique among Shakespeare's plays and is a perennial and compelling success in the theatre. Its reception is marked, however, by ongoing polarized debate over the meaning and worth of the play. This edition disengages Shakespeare's exuberant and disturbing marital farce from the tangled history of its reception. It views the two sixteenth-century Shrew plays as textually independent but theatrically interdependent and so includes the full text of "The Taming of A Shrew" in an appendix. While the Introduction and Commentary focus on the critical and theatrical debate surrounding the play, the original and comprehensive editing of the playtext makes available a 'different' Shrew, more open to the reader's interpretation than is usually the case.

Author Biography

Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Academic Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Executive Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, Chair of the Folger Institute, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare's Romances and of essays on Shakespeare's plays and on the editing of the plays.

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface ix
Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew xiii
Reading Shakespeare's Language: The Taming of the Shrew xvi
Shakespeare's Life xxv
Shakespeare's Theater xxxiii
The Publication of Shakespeare's Plays xlii
An Introduction to This Text xlvi
The Taming of the Shrew Text of the Play with Commentary
1(222)
Textual Notes 223(6)
The Taming of the Shrew: A Modern Perspective 229(10)
Karen Newman
Further Reading 239(14)
Key to Famous Lines and Phrases 253

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