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Understanding a Midsummer Nights Dream: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents Faith Nostbakken

Understanding a Midsummer Nights Dream: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Faith Nostbakken

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ISBN : 9780313322136
Hardcover
216 pages
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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 genderMoreThis 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 Shakespeares time, revealing contemporary social and political issues and debates reflected in the comedy.One of Shakespeares most delightful plays, A Midsummer Nights Dream enchants audiences and readers with its celebration of magic, dreams, and love. This casebook begins by establishing the dramatic and literary concerns of the play. Four historical context chapters consider attitudes toward gender relations, social distinctions, popular culture, and imagination in Shakespeares time, revealing contemporary issues and debates reflected in the comedy.Each unit is supported by primary historical documents, including pamphlets and proclamations. A discussion of performance and interpretation focuses on how the plays popularity and perspectives have evolved over the centuries, and thematic connections to modern influences like sitcoms and Freudian dream analysis show how the play is pertinent to young readers. Numerous ideas for written assignments and oral discussions are offered, along with further suggested readings.