Faculty Book: Mario DiGangi, ed.

Mario DiGangi, ed.

The Winter’s Tale: Texts and Contexts
(Bedford—St. Martin’s, 2008)

The Winter's Tale was one of the very last plays Shakespeare wrote, a moving romance whose themes are sin, forgiveness, death, rebirth, and the power of Time and Nature to heal all wounds. This edition of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale reprints the Bevington edition of the play accompanied by five sets of thematically arranged primary documents and illustrations designed to facilitate many different approaches to Shakespeare. The text includes tracts on childbirth, jealousy, women’s speech, rural festivities, and bears; royal proclamations and statutes about vagabonds and peddlers; popular ballads on marriage and monsters; treatises about monarchy, Catholic and Protestant theological debates, farm labor, and art collecting; a transcription of the trial of Anne Boleyn; and accounts of performances of the statue scene since the 19th century. The primary documents contextualize the dramatic genres of romance and tragicomedy; gender and family relations; political authority and resistance; country work and play; and the social, religious, and erotic uses of art. Mario DiGangi is an associate professor of English at Lehman College and the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: JUN 10, 2008

Category: English, Faculty Books