Suzanne Gossett offers a full and critical performance history, with an introduction showing how the play's performance history has paralled the criticism. It then gives an interpretation of this two-generation romance, with its successive male and female central characters, based on a reading 'through the family', and influenced by the feminist and new historicist criticism of the last two decades. The edition integrates cumulative research on Shakespeare's collaborative authorship and the transmission of the text without rewriting the play or ignoring years of emendations.
Suzanne Gossett is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. She has edited or co-edited Ben Jonson's "Bartholomew Fair" as well as Jonson, Marston, and Chapman's "Eastward Ho!," Thomas Middleton's "A Fair Quarrel," Lady Mary Wroth's "Urania," Jacobean academic plays, and plays from the English College, Rome. Her publications include many articles on Shakespeare and his contemporaries. She is one of the general editors of the Arden Early Modern Drama series.
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