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Title:
Understanding A midsummer night's dream : a student casebook to issues, sources, and historical documents
Author:
Nostbakken, Faith, 1964-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
xviii, 197 pages ; 25 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780313322136
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Book

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Summary

This casebook begins by establishing the dramatic and literary concerns of the play, such as structure, themes, poetic language, and original sources and classical inspiration. Four historical context chapters consider attitudes toward gender relations, social distinctions, popular culture, and imagination in Shakespeare's time, revealing contemporary social and political issues and debates reflected in the comedy.


Author Notes

FAITH NOSTBAKKEN has taught at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her research focuses on Shakespeare and Renaissance drama, particularly the historical contexts. She is the author of two other books in Greenwood's Literature in Context series, Understanding Macbeth: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents (1997) and Understanding Othello (2000).


Table of Contents

Introduction
Dramatic Analysis Gender Relations
Love, Marriage, and the Battle of the Sexes Social Distinctions
Royalty, Gentry, and the Common People Popular Culture
Holidays, Entertainments, and Play-Acting Imagination
Dreams, Fairies, and Transformation Performance and Interpretation Contemporary Applications
Index