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Twelfth Night (Folger Shakespeare Library) Paperback – August 1, 2005
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About the Author
Barbara A. Mowat is Director of Research emerita at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Consulting Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, and author of The Dramaturgy of Shakespeare’s Romances and of essays on Shakespeare’s plays and their editing.
Paul Werstine is Professor of English at the Graduate School and at King’s University College at Western University. He is a general editor of the New Variorum Shakespeare and author of Early Modern Playhouse Manuscripts and the Editing of Shakespeare and of many papers and articles on the printing and editing of Shakespeare’s plays.
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An ESL, literature, and theatre teacher on the Navajo Reservation, I used the Folger introduction as a spring board for dazzling research projects. The introduction to reading Shakespeare's language, "broke the code" of the syntax, freeing students to be literary detectives and unravel the meaning of challenging passages. The section on Shakespeare 's education was pivotal in our debate to determine if William was indeed the author of the play. The scene-by-scene plot summaries were indispensable. The wonderful images and explanatory notes, placed on pages facing the text, supported close reading.
I favor Arden editions when directing a play, but they have too many annotations for high school students and distract the flow of the script.
Scholarly but not intimidating, Folger editions are affordable, welcoming. When I use Folger editions in my classes, I am confident that I've given my students a splendid entrance into Shakespeare's world and imagination. Pair this edition with the stellar bank of lesson plans available on the Folger Library's website and the "Shakespeare Set Free" teaching guides created by talented high school teachers, fellows of the renowned Teaching Shakespeare Institute. If you do, the way you teach Shakespeare will be transformed: Your students will become active, engaged learners, and their understanding and love of this play will skyrocket.
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The twins Viola and Sebastian are parallels to Olivia's love story in certain ways. Ship-wrecked on Ilyria, the twins believe each other has been drowned. In her attempt to survive, Viola disguises herself as a young man and becomes servant to Orsino, who immediately likes his young page Cesario. Cesario (Viola)quickly becomes a confidant to Orsino, who sends Cesario off to woo Olivia for him. Olivia falls for Cesario and eventually wants to wed him. The plot develops as the love story switches gears.
Another great character is Feste, the fool, whose role in court is to speak the truth without repercussions. His ridiculous superficial words belie his shrewdness. Characters who tolerate the fool are the good characters (like Olivia) and those who do not are villains (like Malvolio). But Shakespeare doesn't allow Malvolio to be a stock character. When he is the victim of horrendous pranks, Olivia and the audience feel sorrow for his belittlement. Feste is the final speaker of the play, and his poignant words reveal a measured, mature picture of life which is anything but simple. We are encouraged to live life fully and to enjoy it.
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Amazing play, must read, also look up the movie, the movie does a great representation of the play.Published 15 months ago by Daniel
Book was mostly damaged, but still readable and everything just warped on top so that was slightly annoying. so yeahPublished on April 2, 2014 by Spencer Dieal
I am reading this for my AP English class and Folger was recommended. This book has a great commentary and is a big help with its summaries and vocabulary notes on each page.Published on November 23, 2013 by Angel
This was an assigned read for my Granddaugter but I like the way it was presented as she i a eigth graderPublished on September 21, 2013 by crazy grannie