"This edition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream allows a variety of approaches to Shakespeare, including historical, feminist, and cultural studies. Shakespeare's text is accompanied by an intriguing collection of thematically arranged historical and cultural documents and illustrations, including excerpts from such sources as letters, conduct books, legal documents, and literary works that illuminate the themes of the play. The editors' intelligent and engaging introductions to the play and to the documents (which are presented in modern spelling with annotations) offer a richly textured understanding of early modern culture and of Shakespeare's work within that culture."--BOOK JACKET.
Series statement on jacket.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 325-337) and index.
Pt. 1. William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream / Edited by David Bevington
Pt. 2. Contextual Readings
1. Popular Festivals and Court Celebrations
The Rites of May
2. The Making of Men
The Ranks of Men: William Harrison's Of Degrees of People
The Formation of the Ruler: Plutarch's Life of Theseus
The Formation of the Gentleman: Sir Thomas Elyot and Roger Ascham
What is the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer?
The Tomatometer measures the percentage of Approved Tomatometer Critics who recommend a certain movie --
or the number of good reviews divided by the total number of reviews.
A good review is denoted by a FRESH tomato.
A bad review is denoted by a ROTTEN tomato.
In order for a movie to receive an overall rating of FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes, the reading on the Tomatometer for that movie must be at
least 60%. Otherwise, it is ROTTEN. The ratings and reviews are licensed by the Phoenix Public Library from Rotten Tomatoes. For more information,
please visit the Rotten Tomatoes website at www.rottentomatoes.com