Twelfth Night – Ed. Swain
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781554810369 / 1554810361
  • 168 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Twelfth Night – Ed. Swain

  • Publication Date: December 20, 2010
  • ISBN: 9781554810369 / 1554810361
  • 168 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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This volume includes the text of Twelfth Night as prepared and annotated by David Swain for The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, and is accompanied by the excellent introduction and supplementary materials from the anthology. The diverse and extensive appendices acquaint readers with Shakespeare’s sources and contextualize the play within Elizabethan society. The appendices include an excerpt from Barnabe Riche’s “Of Apollonius and Silla,” Shakespeare’s primary source of inspiration for the play; selections from Galen, Plato, and others illustrating Elizabethan attitudes toward gender and sexuality; excerptions illuminating contemporary moral discomfort with the theatre, such as Philip Stubbes’s “Of Stage-plays and Interludes, with their wickedness”; and pieces on music and duelling that illustrate cultural conventions important to the interpretation of Twelfth Night.

This is one of several Broadview Anthology of British Literature Editions being released this year; those wishing to teach the text will have the option of including the convenient stand-alone book as part of a specially-priced shrink-wrapped package together with a volume of the anthology.


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  • William Shakespeare 1564–1616

    Twelfth Night, or What You Will

Twelfth Night, or What You Will

In Context

  • The Shakespearean Theater
    • The Swan Theatre
      Titus Andronicus in Performance
      The Plot of an Elizabethan Play
      Early Editions of Shakespeare’s Plays
  • Twelfth Night Performance and Sources
    • from John Manningham, Diary (2 February 1602)
      from Barnabe Riche, “Apollonius and Silla”
  • Gender and Sexuality
    • from Plato, The Symposium

      from Galen, De Usu Partium (On the Usefulness of the Parts of the Body)
      from Helkiah Crooke, Microcosmographia (London, 1615)
      from William Shakespeare, Sonnets: Sonnet 20
      from Michel de Montaigne, “Of Friendship”
  • Theater and Society
    • from Philip Stubbes, “Of Stage-Plays and Interludes, with Their Wickedness”

      from William Rankins, A Mirror of Monsters (London, 1587)
      from William Gager, Letter to Dr. John Rainolds (written 1592)
      from King James I, The King’s Majesty’s Declaration to His Subjects Concerning Lawful Sports to Be
      (London, 1618, 1633)
  • Music and the Passions
    • from Thomas Wright, The Passions of the Mind in General (London, 1601)
      from Sir Thomas Wyatt, “Ah Robin,” manuscript (c. 1510–20)
      from William Shakespeare, King Lear 3.2.73–77
  • Dueling
    • from Vincentio Saviolo, Vincentio Saviolo His Practice. The First Book (London, 1595)
      from Vincentio Saviolo, Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels. The Second Book (London, 1595)

Contributing Editor David Swain is an Associate Professor of English at Southern New Hampshire
University and is the co-editor of Tudor England: An Encyclopedia (2001).

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