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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cambridge School Shakespeare) Paperback – 6 Feb 1992

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Annotated edition edition (6 Feb. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521409047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521409049
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Traditionally seen as one of Shakespeare's more romantic and enchanting plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream has more recently been seen as a darker and more sinister play than generations of schoolchildren have ever imagined. The play has usually been seen as a comical tale with confused identities and the fickleness of youthful love, as the young lovers, Lysander, Hermia, Demetrius and Helena escape parental control and the "sharp Athenian law" of their elders by eloping into the forest outside the city. Unfortunately they stumble into civil war in fairyland, where King Oberon and Queen Titania fight over possession of a beautiful young Indian "changeling" boy. The appearance of the "rude mechanicals", a group of Athenian workers, including the weaver Nick Bottom, compounds the confusion. Chaos, confusion and "shaping fantasies" reign before the final settlement of the play, but underneath all the hilarity many critics have discerned more ambivalent attitudes towards coercive parental control, bestial sexuality and the destructive power of desire. These approaches in no way detract from the exquisite lyricism of many sections of the play, but make it a more complex and effective comedy than has often been appreciated. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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' … a fine example of judicious editorial writing. Foakes guides the reader securely and fluently through the critical and scholarly disputes that have accumulated around the play. He manages to be informative without being patronizing, and detached without failing to offer opinions.' The Times Higher Education Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In addition to the text, there are sections of notes, photographs, questions and examination hints. The text is enhanced by a glossary, references and notes which develop understanding and appreciation of the play.

If all students require is the text, that is here; for those who want to go further, to know more about this excellent play, this book has a great deal to offer. It is produced well too, sewn sections glued together into a solid cover, with the likely rough use in mind.

For examination candidates at GCSE level or below, this is an excellent text, well worth the money.
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As well as the great play itself, you get superb notes on the facing pages. This means that while you're reading a page, explanations, questions and snapshot photos are there to really enhance the experience.
I think this is the same paperback version that is used in schools, but it doesn't come across as stuffy or preachy. An excellent edition.
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If you love this play and are thrillled by the stage history and staging minutiae, the this book will send you reeling! The historical reasearch is encyclopediac and captivating. Your rude sea will grow civil with its song.
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Great product arrived as stated
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All perfect, thank you.
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