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Our moonlight revels : A midsummer night's dream in the theatre
Williams, Gary Jay.
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Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [1997]

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xiii, 344 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
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PR2827 .W59 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This remarkable, elegant work examines paradigmatic moments in the rich performance history of Shakespeare's play, from its early modern origins in the mid-1590s to postmodern stagings in the 1990s. Williams (Catholic Univ. of America) comments on performative values found in selected productions and adaptations of the play as reflections of their historical/cultural context, delivering "an account of the plays' many lives in Western theatre over ... four centuries" and pondering "the ways in which theatre artists have brought to bear on the play the culture's negotiations of gender, class, sexuality, love, the supernatural, and even national identity." As coeditor (with D. Allen Carol) of A Midsummer Night's Dream: An Annotated Bibliography (1986) and author of several scholarly articles on the play, Williams brings a powerfully erudite frame of reference to analyses set forward in this impressive study. He supports scholarly commentary with ample notation, and a comprehensive index facilitates cross-referencing. But Williams does not aim only at specialists. His writing is so lucid and engaging that his book should appeal to a broad readership--from novice Shakespeareans, to eager readers of history, to pedants. The publisher has afforded the author an extraordinarily handsome presentation: more than 75 informative illustrations, including 16 color plates, complement the text. A must for all academic and major public libraries. P. D. Nelsen; Marlboro College