Measure for Measure: Third Series (Arden Shakespeare Third) (Paperback)

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Often described as one of Shakespeare's 'problem plays', Measure for Measure explores issues of mercy and justice in corrupt Vienna. The Duke makes his strict moralistic deputy, Angelo, temporary leader of Vienna, while he disguises himself as a friar to witness all that ensues.

In the comprehensive introduction to this new, fully-illustrated Arden edition, with commentary and notes from A. R. Braunmuller, Robert N. Watson explores the recent increased attention to the play and the shifting judgements of key characters such as the Duke and Isabella. He analyses the social foundations of these changes, their validity as readings of the text, and their manifestations in performance. It also explores the play's implications on topics including love, marriage, sexuality, consent, mortality, religion, statecraft, moderation, and theatre itself.

About the Author


A. R. Braunmuller is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA, USA. Robert N. Watson is Associate Dean of Humanities and Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA. He is the author of many award-winning books, including Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance and Shakespeare and the Hazards of Ambition.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781904271437
ISBN-10: 190427143X
Publisher: Arden Shakespeare
Publication Date: January 23rd, 2020
Pages: 440
Language: English
Series: Arden Shakespeare Third