This volume traces the modern critical and performance history of this play, one of Shakespeare's most-loved and most-performed comedies. The essay focus on such modern concerns as feminism, deconstruction, textual theory, and queer theory.
Table of Contents
Bibliographic Survey of the Criticism, Dorothea Kehler * A Midsummer Night's Dream, Mark Van DorenM * Imagination in A Midsummer Night's Dream, R.W. Dent * Titania and the Ass's Head, Jan Kott * "Jack Shall Have Jill * / Nought Shall Go Ill," Shirley Nelson Garner * Deference and Accommodation, Theodore B. Leinwand * Festive Theory, Annabel Patterson * Censorship and Representation, Barbara Freedman * A Kingdom of Shadows, Louis A. Montrose * Textual Theory and Literary Interpretation, Janis Lull * Comic Version of the Theseus Myth, Douglas Freake * Antique Fables, Fairy Toys: Elisions, Allusion, and Translation, Thomas Molsan * Disfiguring Women with Masculine Tropes: A Rhetorical Reading, Christy Desmet * Our Nightly Madness: Shakespeare's Dream Without The Interpretation of Dreams, Thelma N. Greenfield * Chronotope and Repression, Susan Baker * Preposterous Pleasures: Queer Theories, Douglas E. Green * A Review of Ariane Mnouchkine's Le Songe d'une Nuit d' ft , 1968, Ann Friden * Shakespeare at the Guthrie, 1975, Thomas Clayton * Kenneth Branagh's A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1990, Robert A. Logan * Brecht and Beyond: Shakespeare on the East German Stage, 1971-1980, Lawrence Guntner * A Midsummer Night's Dream: Nightmare or Gentle Snooze? 1970-1994, Mary Z. Maher * Transposing Helena to Form and Dignity, 1994, Lisa J. Moore * Marion McClinton's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the La Jolla Playhouse, 1995, Dorothea Kehler
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