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Author: William Shakespeare
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Release: 1887
File: 171 Pages
ISBN-13: STANFORD:36105048025063

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Background information about Shakespeare, Elizabethan theater, and the text accompany his play about unrequited love and mistaken identity.

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Genre: Drama
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2005-08
File: 222 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780743484961

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Genre: Drama
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: The Kabet Press
Release: 1985
File: 52 Pages
ISBN-13: 094866200X

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William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, of What You Will, was written in 1601 or 1602 at the end of Christmastide. It is a comedy intended as entertainment at the end of the holiday season. The play is set in Illyria, and follows the story of the twins Viola and Sebastian. The beginning of the play finds Viola shipwrecked on the Illyrian coast and helped to shore by the captain. Her twin brother Sebastian, also aboard the ship, is nowhere to be found and Viola believes him dead. She disguises herself as a man named Cesario and begins service under the Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino pines after Olivia. However Olivia is in mourning after losing her father and brother, and will not be brought out of her grief or accept marriage proposals for seven years. Duke Orsino decides to have Cesario help him, asking Cesario to explain how strong his love is for Olivia. However, Olivia mistakenly falls in love with Cesario, believing Viola's disguise too well. Viola herself has fallen helplessly in love with Duke Orsino. While this love triangle if occurring, multiple characters create a ruse to convince Olivia's conceited steward Malvolio that Olivia is in love with him. These conspirators include Sir Toby Belch, Sir Andrew Aguecheek, Olivia's servants Maria and Fabian, and the fool, Feste. Amused by their deception, they create a ruckus at Olivia's house by drinking and partying late into the night and hiding a fake love letter allegedly written by Olivia to Malvolio. The servant Maria pens the letter to imitate Olivia's writing, and asks Malvolio to wear yellow stockings, smile affectionately at Olivia whenever she appears, and to be rude to the rest of the household. When Malvolio discovers the letter he is excited to learn of Olivia's affections and begins to follow the letter's instructions. Olivia is not pleased to see the change in his character and does not return any affection at all. His tormentors pretend Malvolio has gone insane and see that he is locked in a dungeon, where the fool Feste visits and mocks him, pretending to be a priest at times. The missing twin Sebastian has meanwhile been rescued from the shipwreck by his friend Antonio. Seeing the resemblance between Sebastian and Cesario confuses Olivia who believes them to be the same person. She asks Sebastian for his hand and they marry secretly. When Viola and Sebastian are reunited there is confusion amongst all. Viola reveals that she was Cesario in disguise and that she loves Duke Orsino. They decide to marry. Sir Toby Belch, who was also an admirer of Olivia's, decides instead to marry her servant Maria. Malvolio is angry at the deception and says he will take revenge, but is talked down by Fabian. The gender bending from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, is a comment on a day of revelry that was commonplace in Shakespeare's era. On this twelfth night after Christmas roles were changed as women dressed as men and vice versa. The celebration was based on a Roman festival called Saturnalia, which was an excuse for an evening of drunken festivities and inverted social order. In Twelfth Night, the grumpy Malvolio can represent the adversary of these imbibed festivities. The conspirators that aim to humiliate Malvolio, Sir Toby Belch and Sir Andrew Aguecheek, representing the comic revelers. The play was written to be performed at Christmastide and was performed right after its completion in 1602. Shakespeare borrowed some elements of the story from Barnabe Rich's short story entitled Of Apollonius and Silla, which was in turn based on Matteo Bandello's story.

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Author: William Shakespeare
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Release: 2018-12-10
File: 149 Pages
ISBN-13: 1791359310

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This volume in the Shakespeare Criticism series offers a range of approaches to Twelfth Night, including its critical reception, performance history, and relation to early modern culture. James Schiffer’s extensive introduction surveys the play’s critical reception and performance history, while individual essays explore a variety of topics relevant to a full appreciation of the play: early modern notions of love, friendship, sexuality, madness, festive ritual, exoticism, social mobility, and detection. The contributors approach these topics from a variety of perspectives, such as new critical, new historicist, cultural materialist, feminist and queer theory, and performance criticism, occasionally combining several approaches within a single essay. The new essays from leading figures in the field explore and extend the key debates surrounding Twelfth Night, creating the ideal book for readers approaching this text for the first time or wishing to further their knowledge of this stimulating, much loved play.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: James Schiffer
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2013-01-11
File: 286 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781135777753

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The Present Book Aims At Making Shakespeare S The Merchant Of Venice More Comprehensible To The Common Reader. Beginning With The Life And Works Of Shakespeare, The Book Provides A Scene-Wise Critical Summary Of The Play So That, As The Reader Casts His Eyes Over Them, He Becomes Familiar With The Common Critical Views About The Individual Scenes Themselves. It Has Numerous Citations From The Text So That Even If The Reader Is Not Familiar With It, He Will Have A Chance Of Reading Shakespeare S Poetry. The Analyses Of The Different Elements Of Drama Are Accompanied With The Views Of Renowned Critics. This Latter Feature Makes The Book All The More Useful To Teachers As Well As Students. Along With The Recent Critical Views, The Classical Theories About Comedies As Well As Elizabethan Conventions Have Been Lucidly And Briefly Explained So That The Student May Not Find Any Difficulty In Understanding Them. A Brief Analysis According To Classical Sanskrit Dramaturgy Has Also Been Included. Important Questions Have Also Been Given So As Help In Further Consideration Of Literary Text. A Select Bibliography And Index Completes The Book.The Book Is Highly Readable, Self-Contained And Comprehensive; It Will Undoubtedly Prove An Invaluable Reference Book To Both Students And Teachers Of English Literature.

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Author: Ratri Ray
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
Release: 2006
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 8126906561

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Presents a collection of essays discussing aspects of William Shakespeare's comedy in which shipwrecked Viola disguises herself as a man to serve in Duke Orsino's court.

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Genre: Comedy
Author: Harold Bloom
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Release: 2009-01-01
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781438112626

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Act by act, scene by scene, this guide creates a total immersion experience in the plot development, characters, and language of the Twelfth Night.

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Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Author: Joseph Sobran
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Release: 2010-01-15
File: 112 Pages
ISBN-13: 0761446796

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Publisher: Theatrefolk
Release: 2006
File: 33 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781894870658

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For this updated edition of Twelfth Night, Penny Gay has written a wholly new Introduction to this well-loved Shakespearean comedy. She stresses the play's theatricality, its elaborate linguistic games and its complex use of Ovidian myths. She analyses the play's delicate balance between romance and realism and its exploration of gender, sexuality and identity. In examining the stage history, Professor Gay suggests that contemporary critical theory could have much to offer 21st century directors and actors. An updated reading list completes the edition.

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Genre: Literary Collections
Author: William Shakespeare
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Release: 2004-02-19
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781139835299

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