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Shakespeare - As You Like It

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 182
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Readers' Guides to Essential Criticism

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This essential guide provides a comprehensive survey of the most important criticism surrounding As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and engaging comedies, from the earliest appraisals through to twenty-first...

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This essential guide provides a comprehensive survey of the most important criticism surrounding As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most popular and engaging comedies, from the earliest appraisals through to twenty-first century scholarship. Dana Aspinall outlines, assesses and explores the key critical issues, including As You Like It and the genre of comedy; Shakespeare’s adaptation of sources; gender, love and marriage; and interrogations of power.

Highlighting how critical and scholarly studies of As You Like It continue to enrich our understanding of this complex and popular play, this guide is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of English literature, teachers, researchers, scholars, and lovers of Shakespeare everywhere.

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  • Comprehensive and accessible
  • Organised chronologically
  • Summarizes key critical commentaries of the play from the 18th century until the present day
  • Includes a useful discussion of major critical studies, organised according to each critic's theoretical approach alongside notes on each theory's precepts and historical background
  • Provides information on the play's possible dates of composition and production, its sources and analogues

Introduction
1. 1709-1800: “To Breed Me Well”: Determinations of Genre and Character
2. 1800-1900: “Dancing Measures”: Arriving at Critical Consensus
3. 1906-1972: “A Great Reckoning”
4. 1948-1980: “Not for All Markets”
5. 1978-Present: “All the World’s a Stage”
6. 1980-Present: “To Mutiny Against This Servitude”
7. 1965-Present: “If I Were a Woman”
8. 1981-Present: “She Phebes me”
Conclusion
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index.

Aspinall provides wonderfully cogent summaries of critical responses to As You Like It and its chief characters, placing those responses in a wider historical and intellectual context so as to illuminate how central the play has been to arguments over how to read Shakespeare — and, indeed, how to read at all. (Laurence Publicover, University of Bristol, UK)
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Dana Aspinall is Associate Professor of English at Alma College, USA. He has published widely on Shakespeare's comedies.

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Dana Aspinall is Associate Professor of English at Alma College, USA. He has published widely on Shakespeare's comedies.

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