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The Taming of the Shrew: The Arden Shakespeare

ISBN 13: 9781903436936


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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. Barbara Hodgdon is a distinguished feminist scholar whose reading of the play offers a stimulating array of ideas and questions about this enduringly popular yet challenging comedy.

A major new edition of this perennially successful play which continues to entertain and perplex modern audiences. The play is discussed in its critical and theatrical contexts and Hodgdon, a leading feminist scholar, opens up new readings for modern audiences and students.

ISBN 13: 9781903436936

Author: William Shakespeare

Author(s) William Shakespeare
Format Paperback / softback
ISBN 13 9781903436936
Pages 472
ISBN 10 1903436931
Publisher Arden Shakespeare
Weight 510 g
Publication Date 26-04-2010
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 22 mm
Dewey 822.33
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