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Troilus and Cressida /

Main Author: Adamson, Jane.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1987
Series: Twayne's new critical introductions to Shakespeare
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One of the ``Twayne's New Critical Introductions to Shakespeare'' series, this short book is an extensive reading of Troilus and Cressida. The discussion of stage history and critical reception runs four pages; commentary on characters and themes consumes the remaining 165 pages. The reading is poststructuralist as it opens the text to indeterminacy, dissonance, and opposition; but the method is formalistic, based solely on close examination of language and character. The result is detailed and complex; Adamson shows conflict to be the play's informing principle, shaping the characters' interactions, scenic design, language, and the double plot. She does not address, however, recent new historicist or feminist reinterpretations, nor does she relate Troilus and Cressida to performance. This book will be useful for undergraduates and general students who are confused by Troilus and Cressida's seeming irresolution, but it has less to offer advanced students of Shakespeare.-V.M. Vaughan, Clark University

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