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Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare, William (Book - 2008)
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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 peformers, Zitner provides a socially analytic stage history, advancing new views for the actor as much as for the critic.
Authors: Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616
Title: Much ado about nothing
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008
Characteristics: ix, 214 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: William Shakespeare ; edited by Sheldon P. Zitner
Notes: "The Oxford Shakespeare"--Spine
Additional Contributors: Zitner, Sheldon P.
ISBN: 0199536112
Branch Call Number: 822.33 T3z 2008
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Rejection (Psychology) Drama Messina (Italy) Drama Conspiracies Drama Courtship Drama
Genre/Form: Comedies
Topical Term: Rejection (Psychology)
LCCN: 2008273940
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Using gossip and hearsay, Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. Now what happens?

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Jun 11, 2013
  • dpecsreads rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Borrowed from the Brooklyn Public Library system. Fantastic Shakespearean comedy - which is sad at some points, but full of laughter (especially in the exchanges between Benedick and Beatrice and with Dogberry - any Shakespearean play with a drunk or a fool (or some combo of/variation on the two) is bound to have a few laughs). I read this in preparation for the new Joss Whedon adaptation of the play.


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