The Winter's Tale

The Winter's Tale

A Guide to the Play

Book - 2005
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Discusses the background, contexts, dramatic art, themes, critical and scholarly reception, and performance history of Shakespeare's play.
With a raging bear, the figure of Time, and a statue that turns out to be a living woman, The Winter's Tale is one of Shakespeare's most unusual dramas. This book conveniently overviews the play and its contexts. The guide begins with a discussion of the play's textual history and its relation to early 17th-century political, social, and agrarian developments. It then examines Shakespeare's dramatic art, characters, and themes. The final chapters review the critical and scholarly response to Shakespeare's work and its performance history.

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Hall (U. of Colorado, Boulder) introduces students and general readers to Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale . The volume opens with a discussion of the play's textual history, followed by commentary on its cultural context. Other chapters consider the work's form, structure, themes, characters, and critical reception. The final chapter offers a detailed analysis of the video of the BBC's 1980 televised version of the play. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

Reviews criticism of The Winter's Tale, examines the play's form and characters, and discusses how theatrical and film productions have presented new interpretations of the tragicomedy.

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2005
ISBN: 9780313328183
Characteristics: x, 210 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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