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Much Ado About Nothing: The Oxford Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing (Oxford World's Classics)

 
 
 
 
Much Ado About Nothing: The Oxford Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: William Shakespeare
ISBN 13: 9780199536115
ISBN 10: 199536112
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2008-06-15
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $10.95
 
 

This edition of Much Ado About Nothing, one of Shakespeare's most delightful and theatrically successful comedies, offers, along with freshly edited text, an exceptionally helpful and critically aware Introduction and commentary. Paying particular attention in his Introduction to analysis of the play's minor characters, Sheldon P. Zitner discusses Shakespeare's social transformation of his source material, rethinking the attitudes to gender relations that underlie the comedy and determine its ruefully optimistic view of marriage. Interpretations are advanced less because they are arguable than because they are actable. Allowing for the play's openness to re-interpretation by successive generations of readers and performers, the editor provides a socially analytic stage history.