The Taming of the Shrew
By (author) Margaret Jane Kidnie
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Taming of the Shrew by Margaret Jane Kidnie
Book DescriptionFew of Shakespeare's comedies have proved more popular and enduring than The Taming of the Shrew - and yet it has come to seem one of Shakespeare's more controversial plays. An analysis of the drama that is attentive to its theatrical challenges and stage history allows a better understanding of its power to provoke such diverse responses. How might Katerina's final speech be staged in the twenty-first century? Must it be played for irony, or are her words sincere? How might other characters on stage respond to her account of a woman's duty to her husband? This Handbook provides students and theatre-goers with a performance-oriented guide to the drama. Its commentary explores the action scene by scene, drawing on discussions elsewhere in the book of Shakespeare's cultural and historical moment, and the play's continued fortunes on the stage and screen. Margaret Jane Kidnie equips readers with the skills and materials with which to explore the variety of ways in which this 'troubling comedy' or 'light tragedy' might take on meaning today for modern audiences.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781403945402
(198mm x 130mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Margaret Jane Kidnie
Shakespeare and Textual Studies, Hardback (November 2015)
A cutting-edge and comprehensive reassessment of the theories, practices and archival evidence that shape editorial approaches to Shakespeare's texts.
Humorous Magistrate (Arbury), Hardback (November 2011)
One of two volumes of an early seventeenth century play, showing two distinct versions which both have much to commend them. The only editions of the play in print, it was very popular in the early years of the rule of Charles I. Edited and with introductions by three experienced early modern theatre experts.
Shakespeare and the Problem of Adaptation, Hardback (November 2008)
Shakespeare's plays continue to be circulated on a massive scale in a variety of guises - as editions, performances, and adaptations - and it is by means of such mediation that we come to know his drama. This title addresses fundamental questions about this process of mediation, making use of the fraught category of adaptation.
Textual Performances, Paperback (April 2007)» View all books by Margaret Jane Kidnie
Brings together leading scholars to examine crucial questions regarding the theory and practice of editing Shakespeare's plays.
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Author Biography - Margaret Jane Kidnie
MARGARET JANE KIDNIE is Associate Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She is editor of Textual Performances: The Modern Reproduction of Shakespeare's Drama (with Lukas Erne) and Ben Jonson: The Devil is an Ass and Other Plays.
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