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A midsummer night's dream

Richard Dutton (Editor)
This new casebook on A Midsummer Night's Dream traces the response of critical theory to a play peculiarly informed by modern preoccupations: imagination, representation and power, sexual repression and subjective transformation, patriarchal society, class structures and the limits of language. The essays collected here - New Critical, Marxist, feminist, New Historicist, cultural materialist, post-structuralist, performance - orientated and deconstructive - show the range of modern responses to these issues in the text. The introduction and endnotes on individual items elucidate the main themes and methodologies, showing how each item contributes to a vigorous wider debate about the Shakespearean text in modern culture
Print Book, English, 1996
Macmillan Press, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 1996
ix, 270 pages ; 23 cm
9780333601969, 9780333601976, 0333601963, 0333601971
'But we are spirits of another sort' : the dark side of love and magic in A midsummer night's dream / David Bevington
A midsummer night's dream / Elliot Krieger
Hermia's dream / Norman N. Holland
A midsummer night's dream : 'Jack shall have Jill; nought shall go ill' / Shirley Nelson Garner
'Shaping fantasies' : figurations of gender and power in Elizabethan culture / Louis Adrian Montrose
Hippolyta's silence and the poet's pen / Philip C. McGuire
Gaining a father : the role of Egeus in the quarto and the folio / Barbara Hodgdon
Bottom's up : festive theory / Annabel Patterson
The kindly ones : the death of the author in Shakespearean Athens / Richard Wilson
Or / Terence Hawkes