Understanding a Midsummer Night's Dream: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding a Midsummer Night's Dream: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding a Midsummer Night's Dream: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Understanding a Midsummer Night's Dream: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Synopsis

This casebook begins by establishing the dramatic and literary concerns of the play, such as structure, themes, poetic language, and original sources and classical inspiration. Four historical context chapters consider attitudes toward gender relations, social distinctions, popular culture, and imagination in Shakespeare's time, revealing contemporary social and political issues and debates reflected in the comedy.
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