Troilus and Cressida

by William Shakespeare

Part of the The Arden Shakespeare Series

Troilus and Cressida Synopsis

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. 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.'Bevington's edition is so clearly the best now available that it will no doubt quickly become standard practice for all study of this remarkable play to begin with this remarkable edition.'Eric Rasmussen, University of Nevada at Reno, Shakespeare Survey

Book Information

ISBN: 9781903436707
Publication date: 20th August 1998
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: The Arden Shakespeare an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 496 pages
Categories: Shakespeare plays, Shakespeare studies & criticism, Educational: English literature,

About William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English dramatist, poet, and actor, generally regarded as the greatest playwright of all time. David Bevington is Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. ANN THOMPSON is Professor of English and Director of the London Shakespeare Centre and King's College London David Scott Kastan is the George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale University, USA. Professor Richard Proudfoot served as Senior General Editor of the Arden Shakespeare for 35 years, until his retirement from King's in 1999. In 2001 The Arden Shakespeare published Proudfoot's Shakespeare: Text, Stage and Canon a critical overview ...

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