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‘Wrinkled deep in time’: Emily and Arcite in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Helen Barr

in Transporting Chaucer

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780719091490
eISBN:
9781781707319
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091490.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Chapter Four shows how Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream unfolds a wrinkle in time that discloses the memorial presence of Emily and Arcite from The Knight’s Tale and Two Noble Kinsmen. Emily ... More


May Games and Metamorphoses on a Midsummer Night

C. L. Barber

in Shakespeare's Festive Comedy: A Study of Dramatic Form and Its Relation to Social Custom

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149523
eISBN:
9781400839858
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149523.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter examines Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. It argues that the whole night's action is presented as a release of shaping fantasy which brings clarification about the tricks of ... More


Reading the Fairies: Shakespeare in Concert with Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Marian Wilson Kimber

in The Elocutionists: Women, Music, and the Spoken Word

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040719
eISBN:
9780252099151
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040719.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

Between 1850 and 1920, readings of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by women took place in conjunction with concerts of Felix Mendelssohn’s incidental music, popularized by actress Fanny ... More


The Changeling: Mingling Heroes and Hobgoblins in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Jenny C. Mann

in Outlaw Rhetoric: Figuring Vernacular Eloquence in Shakespeare's England

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801449659
eISBN:
9780801464102
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801449659.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter examines how the figure hypallage affects the physical transformation of characters in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with particular emphasis on the cohabitation of ... More


Shakespeare, Ballet and Dance

Rodney Stenning Edgecombe

in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635238
eISBN:
9780748652297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter focuses on the balletic conversions of A Midsummer Night's Dream. This play is the only work in the canon in which the well-being of the cosmos, and of the society that subsists within ... More


The Shakespearean unscene: Sexual phantasies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Shakespeare Lecture read 12 May 2016

Lorna Hutson

in British Academy Lectures, 2015-16

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780197266045
eISBN:
9780191851452
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197266045.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Post-Freudian and post-Foucauldian readings of A Midsummer Night’s Dream assume that the play celebrates the freeing-up of female sexual desire from neurotic inhibitions or disciplinary norms. But ... More


Comedy and Metamorphosis

Jonathan Bate

in Shakespeare and Ovid

Published in print:
1994
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183242
eISBN:
9780191673986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183242.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter argues that The Taming of the Shrew, one of William Shakespeare's earliest comedies, laid out a programme for his subsequent Ovidianism. It explains that this programme, based on Ovid's ... More


Shakespeare's Bottom and Apuleius' Ass

Robert H. F. Carver

in The Protean Ass: The Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780199217861
eISBN:
9780191712357
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217861.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses Apuleian influences in Shakespeare's works. It argues that although it may appear that Shakespeare's natural genius made him a particularly acute reader of The Golden Ass, the ... More


Translations in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Stanley Wells

in Translating Life: Studies in Transpositional Aesthetics

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853236740
eISBN:
9781846314285
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9780853236740.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Translation is a central theme in William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the most prominent of which is the transition from the unmarried to the married state. This is the only Shakespeare ... More


Shakespeare on Film, 1990–2010

Ramona Wray

in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748635238
eISBN:
9780748652297
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter provides an overview of Shakespeare in his cinematic incarnations during the period 1990–2010. It also argues that Shakespeare films are distinctive for referencing related trends in ... More


Introduction: Dangerous Remedies

Tanya Pollard

in Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270835
eISBN:
9780191710322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270835.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Opening with an examination of the drug love-in-idleness in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this introductory chapter discusses the proliferation of drugs and poisons on the English Renaissance stage. It ... More


Fairy monarchs, fairy mistresses: ‘I am of ane other countree’

Helen Cooper

in The English Romance in Time: Transforming Motifs from Geoffrey of Monmouth to the Death of Shakespeare

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199248865
eISBN:
9780191719394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199248865.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The fairy mistress who bestows material, sexual, and occasionally monarchal favours is a recurrent figure in medieval and Renaissance romance, from Sir Launfal and the parodic Sir Thopas to the ... More


Conclusion

RAPHAEL LYNE

in Ovid’s Changing Worlds: English Metamorphoses 1567-1632

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198187042
eISBN:
9780191718984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187042.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

The writers of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods was able to easily offer support for translators and imitators in the service of their native tongue. Modern translation theory explores the ... More


‘I am that same wall; the truth is so’: Performing a Tale from Ovid

Marchella Ward

in Epic Performances from the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198804215
eISBN:
9780191842412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198804215.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

That Ovid’s long hexameter poem, the Metamorphoses, defies the boundaries of genre has become axiomatic in classical scholarship and the genre of the tale of Pyramus and Thisbe, in particular, is ... More


More Music for Shakespeare (1950–1958)

Howard Pollack

in Marc Blitzstein: His Life, His Work, His World

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199791590
eISBN:
9780199949625
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791590.003.0021
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

This chapter discusses Blitzstein’s notable scores for several Shakespeare plays in the 1950s: King Lear, directed by John Houseman; King Lear, directed by Orson Welles; and two Stratford Festival ... More


Balaam to Bottom: A Sixteenth-Century Translation

Kurt A. Schreyer

in Shakespeare's Medieval Craft: Remnants of the Mysteries on the London Stage

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801452901
eISBN:
9780801455100
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801452901.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter examines the ass's head as a material feature of A Midsummer Night's Dream and how its meaning varied and changed from pre-Reformation Chester through the mid-century Reformation to the ... More


Control over casting

Bart van Es

in Shakespeare in Company

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199569311
eISBN:
9780191744945
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199569311.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

‘Control over Casting’ begins with the rehearsal scenes of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the amateur dramatics of Love’s Labour’s Lost. It presents the argument that these scenes depend on an ... More


Peter Quince's Ballad: Memory, Psychoanalysis, History and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Belsey Catherine

in Shakespeare in Theory and Practice

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748633012
eISBN:
9780748652235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633012.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter shares the assumption that love cannot be made fully present in words. A Midsummer Night's Dream invokes an elusive dream of mortality intertwined with the fantastic, bottomless because ... More


Disembodying the Cause: Shakespeare’s Dramatic Elisions

Madhavi Menon

in Indifference to Difference: On Queer Universalism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780816695904
eISBN:
9781452953656
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816695904.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

Two Shakespeare plays--A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello--come together to question the necessity that desire have an embodied cause. They underscore instead the idea that desire always exceeds ... More


Epilogue: The Rude Fantasticals

Suparna Roychoudhury

in Phantasmatic Shakespeare: Imagination in the Age of Early Modern Science

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501726552
eISBN:
9781501726569
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501726552.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies

Why has Shakespeare’s sensitivity to the cognitive discourse of imagination not been noticed before? In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Theseus’ speech on imagination is followed by the play-within-play ... More


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