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Troilus and Cressida

Troilus and Cressida

Author: William Shakespeare; David M Bevington
Publisher: Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK : Thomas Nelson and Sons, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

The introduction to this edition of "Troilus and Cressida" places it in its late Elizabethan context, examines and assimilates the wide variety of critical responses the play has elicited, and argues  Read more...


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Genre/Form: Tragicomedy
Drama (texts)
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Troilus and Cressida.
Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, UK : Thomas Nelson and Sons, ©1998
Named Person: William Shakespeare
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Shakespeare; David M Bevington
ISBN: 0174435703 9780174435709 0174435371 9780174435372 0174434731 9780174434733 9781903436691 1903436699
OCLC Number: 39882515
Description: xxi, 469 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction --
'A new play, never staled with the stage': genre and the question of original performance --
'An envious fever of pale and bloodless emulation': historical context in the last years of Elizabeth's reign --
'Wars and lechery': demystification of the heroes of ancient Greece --
'Tis but the chance of war'" sceptical deflation of Trojan honour and chivalry --
'The gods have heard me swear': tragic irony and the death of Hector --
'As true as Troilus': male obsessions about honour and sexuality --
'As false as Cressid': women as objects of desire --
'Call them all panders': voyeurism and male bonding --
'What's aught but as 'tis valued?': commercial and subjective valuation of identity and worth --
'Divides more wider than the sky and earth': the fragmentation of the divided self --
'Stuff to make paradoxes': performance history of Troilus and Cressida --
Longer notes --
'Instructed by the antiquary times': Shakespeare's sources --
'Words, words, mere words': The text of Troilus and Cressida.
Responsibility: edited by David Bevington.


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'Nothing is fair in love and war, especially not in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, where betrayal and treachery take place both in the bed and on the battlefield.' Lyn Gardner, Guardian, 24.7.09 Read more...

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