Item description for Much Ado about Nothing (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series) by Claire McEachern William Shakespeare...
Much Ado About Nothing boasts one of Shakespeare's most delightful heroines, most dancing wordplay, and the endearing spectacle of intellectual and social self-importance bested by the desire to love and be loved in return. It offers both the dancing wit of the "merry war" between the sexes, and a sobering vision of the costs of that combat for both men and women. Shakespeare dramatizes a social world in all of its vibrant particulars, in which characters are shaped by the relations between social convention and individual choice. This edition of the play offers in its introduction and commentary an extensive discussion of the materials that informed Shakespeare's compositional choices, both those conventional sources and other contexts, from cuckold jokes to conduct books, which inform the ideas and identities of this play. Particular attention is devoted to Renaissance understandings of gender identity and social rank, as well as to the social valences of Shakespeare's stylistic choices. A treatment of staging possibilities offers illustrations drawn from the earliest and recent theatrical practices, and a critical history examines the fate of the play in the changing trends of academic scholarship. "The text is superb... the critical introduction is predictably smart and engaging, exactly the sort of essay one would recommend to students." Eric Rasmussen, Shakespeare Survey
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.87" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 26, 2005
ISBN 1903436826 ISBN13 9781903436820
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Much Ado by McEachern Aug 8, 2007
Claire McEachern's 2006 Arden edition of "Much Ado" is the definitive work. Her scholarship regarding the sources of Shakespeare's comedy outshines every other edition I have read because of its depth and comprehension. Her descriptions of the Euphuistic language in the play and her comprehensive analysis of the work of previous scholars, makes this the definitive edition for both students and scholars who are interested in reviewing more than the footnotes, which are excellent. Her writing style is clear, yet elegant, and her understanding of the importance of this popular comedy is supreme.
The Best of the Bard Jul 17, 2007
Much Ado is Shakespeare's wittiest and most timeless comedy, with beautiful language and laugh-out-loud humor. You should be watching it, not reading it, but for the Shakespeare scholar, you can't get a better edition than the Arden. Putting together a definitive Shakespeare text is never as easy as transposing the Folio to modern type. It requires massive amounts of research and a lot of judgment calls. The Arden editors tell you where they found the words chosen, give you alternate wordings, and where necessary explain why they picked the words they did. They also give the modern reader definitions and explanations of many antiquated references and those strange, wonderful words that Shakespeare made up just for the occasion. The only drawback to the Arden edition is that often the notes use up more of the page than the text itself, but once you get used to reading them, you'll find that there's no better reference material available. And of course, no better plays!