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Much ado about nothing

Author: William Shakespeare; Claire McEachern
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Drama : English : Revised editionView all editions and formats
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Much Ado About Nothing presents a battle of the sexes in more ways than one: as both a lightning-fast skirmish of wits between two famously disputatious lovers, and a near-deadly conflict built on conventions of gender and male rivalry. Claire McEachern's new introduction brings this best-seller right up to date, analysing recent developments in criticism and the latest productions of this comedy.
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Genre/Form: Drama
Named Person: William Shakespeare
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Shakespeare; Claire McEachern
ISBN: 9781472520296 1472520297 9781472520302 1472520300
OCLC Number: 933281533
Notes: Previous edition: 2006.
Includes index.
Description: xx, 390 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Building a play: sources and contexts --
The usual suspects: Ariosto and Bandello --
Shakespeare's transformations of his sources: the creation of a social world --
The maid --
`How many gentlemen?' --
The villain --
The lover --
Beyond the plot --
Denouement --
Dialogue and debate forms --
Sexual stereotypes --
Disdain --
Modifications of type --
Chaste, silent and obedient --
Hero --
Cuckolds --
Structure and style --
`The course of true love' --
Two plots? --
Style --
Prose and the prosaic --
Euphuism --
Verbal handshakes --
`The even road of a blank verse' --
Image patterns --
Songs --
Staging Much Ado --
Tonal choices --
Social representations --
Choice of place and time --
Cultural moment --
Afterlives --
Origins --
Criticism --
Text --
First impressions --
Making a book --
Who's in, who's out --
Who gets to say what? --
Additions and reconsiderations --
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING --
Appendix: Casting chart --
Abbreviations and references --
Abbreviations used in notes --
Works by and partly by Shakespeare --
Editions of Shakespeare collated or referred to --
Other works cited --
Modern stage, film and television productions cited --
Index.
Responsibility: edited by Claire McEachern.

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Much Ado About Nothing presents a battle of the sexes in more ways than one: as both a lightning-fast skirmish of wits between two famously disputatious lovers, and a near-deadly conflict built on conventions of gender and male rivalry. Claire McEachern's new introduction brings this best-seller right up to date, analysing recent developments in criticism and the latest productions of this comedy.

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Claire McEachern's revised edition of Much Ado about Nothing updates the original introductory material with incisive discussions of gender dynamics, formal and structural characteristics, and stage Read more...

 
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