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Troilus and Cressida

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
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Romance and betrayal abound in this tale of the sensitive and generous warrior Troilus, who lives, and eventually dies, for Cressida, a virtuous, tender-hearted woman driven to infidelity by circumstance.


Troilus and Cressida

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Troilus and Cressida

Author: William Shakespeare
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New Shakespeare, long since out-of-print, is now reissued. Each work contains a lengthy and lively introduction, main text, and substantial notes and glossary.


Shakespeare s Troilus and Cressida

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Theater history and bibliography exist on the fringes of dramatic criticism, rarely influencing studies outside their fields, and even less often combined with each other. There is, however, much to be gained from a dialogue between theatrical choices and textual problems. There are nearly five hundred substantive differences between the 1609 Quarto and 1623 Folio versions of Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, and many more instances where editors rewrote the dialogue and stage directions. This book studies a selection of variants and emendations in Troilus and Cressida with extensive reference to the theater history of the passages, showing how production decisions can provide a valuable commentary on editorial questions.


Shakespeare s Troilus and Cressida the Legends of Troy

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Troilus and Cressida In Plain and Simple English

Author: William Shakespeare
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Comedy and tragedy fuse together in perfect harmoney in this classic play. Now if only you can understand it... If you have struggled in the past reading Shakespeare, then BookCaps can help you out. This book is a modern translation of Troilus and Cressidae. The original text is also presented in the book, along with a comparable version of both text. We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help. We are a small, but growing company, and are adding titles every month.


Troilus Cressida

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Sardonic, farcical, dark and tragicomic, Troilus and Cressida is a play that seems more comfortable on today's stage than it ever was in Shakespeare's day. Indeed, Troilus went unstaged for three hundred years; following its first performance in the early seventeenth century, it was not put up again until the twentieth century. In the interim, Troilus was considered one of Shakespeare's least-successful plays, an uncategorizable hodge-podge of history, farce, and tragedy. Now, in an era disillusioned with state power, racked by domestic scandals writ large in both the tabloids and the evening news, Troilus and Cressida has emerged as one of Shakespeare's most astute dramatizations of the dark side of politics, war, and lust.Even at the height of its unpopularity, Troilus was thought of as an intellectually challenging play, full of eloquence and dense with searching soliloquies. It is not an easy read, and a full understanding of its value requires a great deal of investment on the reader's (or the audience member's) part. The difficulty arises not only in getting through Shakespeare's typically allusive and cerebral language, but also in seeing and understanding the play's contradictions and paradoxes. Troilus is a performance about the nature of performance-specifically, in this play, of the performance of love and politics. Thus the reader should strive to engage with the work at this higher level, not simply balking at the play's difficulties but asking how and why such difficulties contribute to the play's thematic wholeness.The story itself focuses on the titular characters of Troilus and Cressida, two noble Trojans who fall in love against the backdrop of the Trojan War. These characters were well-known in Shakespeare's day; they had been invented in the Middle Ages, and were known to Shakespeare and his audience mostly through Geoffrey Chaucer's magnificent poem, written in Middle English, Troilus and Criseyde. The poem allegorizes the "true" man, Troilus, and the "false" woman, Cressida. Shakespeare, while referencing this allegorical tradition, does much to complicate Chaucer's more simplistic view of man's truth and woman's falseness.Though Troilus and Cressida are not present in Homer's Iliad, Shakespeare plays their story against that definitive work in Western literature. The gist of the Iliad is that Paris, a prince of Troy, has stolen the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, away from Menelaus, a Greek; in revenge, Menelaus' brother, Agamemnon, launches an attack against Troy to recover Helen. Homer's epic treats this argument in terms of the absolutes of heroes and gods, honor and glory, triumph and despair. Shakespeare's play, on the other hand, sees the "argument" of the Iliad with a more jaundiced eye. As Thersites says, "All the argument is a whore and a cuckold." Menelaus' personal domestic strife has launched a thousand ships, and what ought to be a matter of divorce is instead a matter of war and death. The costly and often murky wars of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries perhaps give us a unique understanding of Thersites' (and Shakespeare's) disillusionment.One final word: like any Shakespearean play, Troilus and Cressida contains more obscure words, references, and phrases than can be properly covered in a study guide of this nature. It is thus imperative to have a copy of the play with detailed annotation. Any of the current paperback editions on the market (such as the Pelican, the Signet, or the Folger) will do nicely.


Shakespeare s Troilus and Cressida and the Inns of Court Revels

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’No one of Shakespeare’s plays is harder to characterize’, said Coleridge of Troilus and Cressida. Over the centuries, generations of critics have faced the challenge of determining exactly what sort of play Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida is. Described by Victorian commentators as ’dark’, ’decadent’ and ’bitter’, the work has, until now, retained its designation as a ’problem play’. In this ground-breaking study, leading Shakespeare scholar, W R Elton attempts to dismantle this presumption. His research places the play in the historical context of the Inns of Court law-revels tradition. By close analysis of the text, Elton demonstrates his belief that Troilus and Cressida was written specifically for an audience of law students and lawyers and that the play manifests many elements of a law-revel, including misrule, inversion, mock rhetoric and logic, and mock trials. In so doing, he provides explanations for many of the puzzling and mysterious elements that have previously baffled critics.


The Troilus Cressida Story from Chaucer to Shakespeare

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Since its surreptitious publication in 1609 & its admission into the First Folio, "Troilus & Cressida" has always been a puzzle. Professor Rollins attempts to solve the puzzle by tracing the prior history of the story.


The Works of Shakespeare Troilus and Cressida

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