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Troilus and Cressida(2005)  무료배송

 
지은이 : Shakespeare & Shirle
출판사 : Cambridge
판수 : 1 edition
페이지수 : 280 pages
ISBN : 0521796849
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도서가격 : 35,000원 ( 무료배송 )
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This edition is the first to offer a detailed account of the theatrical treatment of Troilus and Cressida on the British and North American stages from its first revivals at the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. As social turmoil increased, audiences grew more in tune with the play’s cynical undercutting of the Homeric tale of Greeks and Trojans, and less dismissive of Shakepeare’s dark comedic treatment of the Medieval tale of Troilus and Cressida. This edition of this problematic and fascinating play traces its theatrical history, drawing upon critical responses, photographic archives, promptbooks, and video tapes of more recent productions to trace changes in production styles and emphases. Stage history is placed against a broader background of social change including shifting attitudes towards war, politics, sexual issues, and the rise of feminism that has increased understanding of Cressida’s actions in a wartime man’s world.



Frances Shirley is Professor of English Emerita, Wheaton College, Norton, MA.
List of illustrations;
Series editors’ preface;
Acknowledgements; Editor’s note;
List of abbreviations; List of productions; Introduction;
List of characters;
Troilus and Cressida and commentary;
Bibliography;
Index.

'I cannot recommend too highly the whole series to all theatre lovers, theatregoers, theatre practitioners, and anybody who enjoys Shakespeare.' Robert Tanitch, What's on in London

'… excellent companion to this delinquent genius of a play.' Quarto

' … excellent …'. Around the Globe

"This edition is one to which I will turn to again and again. It should appeal to anyone who believes that production history offers an especially vibrant kind of interpretation. Its composite portrait of Troilus and Cressida is of a play that has indeed come into its own in the modern world." - David Bevington, University of Chicago
"I went to see Troilus and Cressida at the Globe and I have listened to it on the radio. I enjoyed both performances and then read it in a collection of Shakespeare plays that had no notes and no introduction. I have found the Arden Shakespeares informative and interesting in the past. So I chose this one, from the many available publishers, and did not regret my choice. I like an interpretation that gives some justice to the cultural context of the time and does not impose a modern framework that seeks to update Shakespeare or use him to beat a drum for modern sensibilities. It does of course give a reading and seeks to justify the reading, but it is well done and gives you something to think about as you read the play again. I also find that some of the obscure or dense passages illuminated by a scholar. Otherwise how can you know what some of the words or phrases meant then? "

"Troilus and Cressida, is not well-known as one of Shakespeare's great plays; it has for the most part largely been ignored by the literary world, due to its length, its philosophical under belly and complex story line. I would not recommend it, if you're searching for a light 'bed-time' read, full of typical Shakespearean humour and lovable rogues. Troilus is the work of a mature and experimenting Shakespeare, and thus it has, for the most part been neglected by critics, yet, because it is so unique it should not be ignored. It is an extremely satisfying read, giving a brilliant insight into the darker side of Shakespeare's fascinating mind.

Troilus and Cressida is undoubtedly one of Shakespeare's most ambiguous, puzzling, and therefore most disconcerting plays. The complex and unsettling nature of the play is deliberate, and throughout, Shakespeare presents to us one universal society that we would rather not see. The subversion of the Trojan War which acts as a canvas of the play, is one such ploy to provoke us into thinking about the corruption and hypocrisy of Shakespeare's 16th century society. The great Greek storyteller Homer, first told the tale of the Trojan War in the Iliad and the Odyssey, depicting the warriors, both Greek and Trojans; Aeneas, Achilles, Hector, Ajax, Menelaus, Diomedes and Ulysses - as great heroes worthy of imitation. Shakespeare appears to depict them as quite human, vulgar, pompous and stupid. Shakespeare does not re-tell the story of this epic war and legendary struggle; his play apparently seems to conjure up a bitter and deflating account of the war. Troilus and Crssisda presents us a society driven by the want of immediate consumption and disloyalty both in terms of love and allegiance. However, it is up to us to decide whether any one character is able to rise above the foolish greed that surrounds them.

This Arden edition provides its' readers with a detailed yet very readable collection of notes, conveniently running along side the play. It also provides an extremely well written, yet not overwhelmingly profound group of introductory essays (perfect for the easygoing student). Troilus and Cressida may not officially be regarded as a 'great work' of Shakespeare, but it is thoroughly engaging despite its intricate plot, in my humble view it is most certainly - 'great' - and I would definitely recommend it to all. ENJOY! "

"This is the second Shakespeare's play to have kept me wanting to find out what actually happens. Arguably this may have resulted from my having read Chaucer's "Troilus", which story cannot be outdone in its emotionless pursuit of intellectual ends, but this "Troilus" of itself is still truly laudable as an instance of Shakespeare's drama having some dramatic quality besides great verse speeches to admire. Since Shakespeare is overstudied I am not taking the trouble to review the play itself. Briefly, for the interested general reader, the play as published in the quarto and the Folio purports to be a love story in time of war. What it actually is is rather a war story over the course of a love affair. Troilus and Cressida are not another Romeo and Juliet; it is love as a concept itself that is at the bar here.

Uniquely, Arden Third Series has chosen the Folio text as a copytext for this edition. The editor's argument is thus. Although the play is one of those Shakespeare's plays that seem to have existed in more than one version, the differences between the quarto and the Folio versions of "Troilus" are practically only in word choices. As one's reading is very rarely obviously preferable to the other's, the Foilo text which might plausibly represent a later authorial revision than the earlier quarto text was chosen. Throughout the two texts have been rigorously checked against each other and various editions consulted. All the differences are discussed in the commentary, in which manner, argues the editor, the two versions can be better compared because they do not differ in the way that reading through them separately would be disparate experiences. In the great Arden tradition, significant variances between the early editions are footnoted, as well as the orginal printed text where there has been in the editor's view semantically impinging modernization and editorial emendation, even though in the case of "Troilus" this commitment renders the textual notes, in the editor's words, "burdensomely numerous".

The Arden edition continues to endeavour to place all the notes alongside the text. The luxuriant superplenitude of Shakespeare's overstudies however is compelling the third series to begin assigning "longer notes" to the back. I have always considered side-by-side notes and text as the Arden Shakespeare's greatest virtue and have found myself indeed fairly willing to forgo scholarly guidance when it requires turning to the back. Nevertheless this edition must still surely be as good as the best edition can be. The printing is again attractive, especially in this buckram hardback edition which is a pleasure to hold and evidently more able to withstand repeated handling - if only the demanded price is not quite so exorbitant! The ever-expanding introduction is devoted more or less exclusively to critical and historical readings of the play whilst Shakespeare's sources for this story and the two versions of the text are discussed at the end. Recommended for the cultured general readers and specialists alike. "

   
 
   
 
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