9780192819550

As You Like It

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192819550

  • ISBN10:

    0192819550

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1994-04-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

With its witty heroine Rosalind, who has the longest role of Shakespeare's female characters, As You Like It is Shakespeare's most light-hearted and most performed comedy. This edition includes numerous illustrations of productions and reassesses both its textual and performance history, showing how interpretations have changed since the first recorded production in 1740. It also examines Shakespeare's sources and elucidates the central themes of love, pastoral, and doubleness, and provides detailed annotations investigating the play's allusive and often bawdy language.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. vi
Prefacep. vii
List of abbreviations and conventionsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Journeysp. 1
Plays within the playp. 8
Theatrical genresp. 11
Pastoralp. 17
Counter-pastoralp. 19
The condition of the countryp. 21
Politicsp. 25
'Between you and the women the play may please'p. 30
Genderp. 32
Nuptialsp. 41
Stage historyp. 43
Date and occasionp. 62
Sourcesp. 64
Note on the textp. 67
List of charactersp. 70
The Playp. 73
Textual analysisp. 199
Appendixes
Extracts from Shakespeare's principal source, Lodge's Rosalindp. 204
The songsp. 218
Reading listp. 219
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