The New Cambridge Shakespeare

Stock Angela, Mares F. H., Shakespeare William
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9780521532501
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Cambridge University Press
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21 Apr 2003
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For this second edition of Much Ado About Nothing Angela Stock has added a new section to F. H. Mares' introduction, in which she considers both the romantic and the darker aspects of the play in the light of late twentieth-century stage, film and critical interpretations.

The New Cambridge Shakespeare appeals to students worldwide for its up-to-date scholarship and emphasis on performance. The series features line-by-line commentaries and textual notes on the plays and poems. Introductions are regularly refreshed with accounts of new critical, stage and screen interpretations. This second edition of Much Ado About Nothing retains the text and introduction prepared by F. H. Mares and features a new section by Angela Stock on recent film, stage and critical interpretations of the play. Mares pays special attention in the Introduction to the range of theatrical interpretations that have flourished since the first documented production of the play in the early seventeenth century. In particular, he explores notable performances of the roles of Benedick and Beatrice, from David Garrick to John Gielgud, and Peggy Ashcroft to Judi Dench. The commentary explicates the many sexual jokes in the text that are obscured by the complexity of Elizabethan English.

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Subjects Covered:
  • English 1st Language
  • • Drama
  • Drama
  • • Dramatic Texts & Works

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