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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Twelfth Night

Texts and Contexts

ISBN 9780312202194
Publication Date February 2001
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This edition of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night reprints the Bevington edition of the play along with seven sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare's play and the early modern culture out of which the play emerges. The texts include facsimilies of period documents, maps, woodcuts, descriptions of popular customs associated with Twelfth Night, anti-theatrical tracts, and excerpts from Ovid and Montaigne. Besides contextualizing the audience for Shakespeare's play and shedding light on some of his sources, the documents explore the range of sexual desires articulated in the play, competing ideas about music in early modern culture, religious controversy and the controversial place of laughter in early modern culture.

BRUCE R. SMITH lectures in English at Georgetown University.

William Shakespeare: Twelfth Night, or What You Will
Clothing and Disguise
Household Economics
Puritan Probity
Clowning and Laughter


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