Troilus and Cressida (Arden Shakespeare: Third Series)

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This volume offers the most comprehensive and critically up-to-date edition of Troilus and Cressida available today. Bevington's learned and engaging introduction discusses the ambivalent status and genre of the play, variously presented in its early printing as a comedy, a history, and a tragedy. He examines and assimilates the wide variety of critical responses the play has elicited, and argues its importance in today's culture as an experimental and open-ended work. Themes of women as objects of desire and bonds of friendship between men, for instance, are not limited by historical context. He also, however, suggests that this experimentalism may have contributed to its lack of immediate stage success, and goes on to place the work in its late Elizabethan context of political instability and theatrical rivalry. A thorough performance history focuses chiefly on recent productions. The complex text situation is re-examined and the differing textual readings carefully explicated. Influential sources for this work and the surviving texts of Troilus and Cressida are discussed in appendices. The Arden Shakespeare has developed a reputation as the pre-eminent critical edition of Shakespeare for its exceptional scholarship, reflected in the thoroughness of each volume. An introduction comprehensively contextualizes the play, chronicling the history and culture that surrounded and influenced Shakespeare at the time of its writing and performance, and closely surveying critical approaches to the work. Detailed appendices address problems like dating and casting, and analyze the differing Quarto and Folio sources. A full commentary by one or more of the play’s foremost contemporary scholars illuminates the text, glossing unfamiliar terms and drawing from an abundance of research and expertise to explain allusions and significant background information. Highly informative and accessible, Arden offers the fullest experience of Shakespeare available to a reader. 
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
General Editor's Preface
Preface
Introduction 
   'A new play, never staled with the stage': genre and the question of original performance
   'An envious fever of pale and bloodless emulation': historical context in the last years of Elizabeth's reign
   'Wars and lechery': demystification of the heroes of ancient Greece
   ''Tis but the chance of war': sceptical deflation of Trojan honour and chivalry
   'The gods have heard me swear': tragic irony and the death of Hector
   'As true as Troilus': male obsessions about honour and sexuality
   'As false as Cressid': women as objects of desire
   'Call them all panders': voyeurism and male bonding
   'What's aught but as 'tis valued?': commercial and subjective valuation of identity and worth
   'Divides more wider than the sky and earth': the fragmentation of the divided self
   'Stuff to make paradoxes': performance history of Troilus and Cressid'
Troilus and Cressida
Longer Notes 
   'Instructed by the antiquary times': Shakespeare's sources
   'Words, words, mere words': The text of Troilus and Cressida
Abbreviations and references            
   Abbreviations used in notes
   Shakespeare's works and works partly by Shakespeare
   Editions of Shakespeare collated
   Ancient texts
   Other works
Index

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The performance history in English of Troilus and Cressida began in the early twentieth century. This edition is the first to offer a detailed account of the theatrical treatment of this problematic and fascinating play on the British and North American stages from its first revivals at the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Drawing upon critical responses, photographic archives, promptbooks and video tapes, Frances Shirley traces the important changes in production styles, emphases, and responses to the play.

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From the Royal Shakespeare Company – a fresh new edition of Shakespeare's great tragedy of love and war
 
THIS EDITION INCLUDES:
· An illuminating introduction to Troilus and Cressida by award-winning scholar Jonathan Bate
· The play - with clear and authoritative explanatory notes on each page
· A helpful scene-by-scene analysis and key facts about the play
· An introduction to Shakespeare's career and the Elizabethan theatre
· A rich exploration of approaches to staging the play featuring photographs of key productions

The most enjoyable way to understand a Shakespeare play is to see it or participate in it. This unique edition presents a historical overview of Troilus and Cressida in performance, recommends film versions, takes a detailed look at specific productions and includes interviews with two leading directors – Trevor Nunn and Michael Boyd – so that we may get a sense of the extraordinary variety of interpretations that are possible, a variety that gives Shakespeare his unique capacity to be reinvented and made 'our contemporary' four centuries after his death.

Ideal for students, theatre-goers, actors and general readers, the RSC Shakespeare plays offer an accessible and contemporary approach to reading and rediscovering Shakespeare's works for the twenty-first century.

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