Much Ado About Nothing: The Oxford Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing (Oxford World's Classics)
ISBN: 0199536112
EAN13: 9780199536115
Language: English
Publication Date: June 15, 2008
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 0.63" H x 7.64" L x 5.12" W
Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Format: Paperback
Book Overview
Sparkling with the witty dialogue between Beatrice and Benedicts, Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare's most enjoyable and theatrically successful comedies. This edition offers a newly edited text and an exceptionally helpful and critically aware introduction. Paying particular attention to analysis of the play's minor characters, Sheldon P Zitner discusses Shakespeare's transformation of his source material. He rethinks the attitudes to gender relations that underlie the comedy and determine its view of marriage. Allowing for the play's openness to reinterpretation by successive generations of readers and performers, Zitner provides a socially analytic stage history, advancing new views for the actor as much as for the critic.