A Midsummer Night's Dream: Critical Essays

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Dorothea Kehler
Psychology Press, 1998 - 490 sider
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What happens to traditional stories when they are retold in another time and cultural context and for a different audience? This first-of-its-kind study discusses Bible stories, classical myths, heroic legends, Arthurian romances, Robin Hood lore, folk tales, 'oriental' tales, and other stories derived from European cultures. One chapter is devoted to various retellings of classics, from Shakespeare to "Wind in the Willows."
The authors offer a general theory of what motivates the retelling of stories, and how stories express the aspirations of a society. An important function of stories is to introduce children to a cultural heritage, and to transmit a body of shared allusions and experiences that expresses a society's central values and assumptions. However, the cultural heritage may be modified through a pervasive tendency of retellings to produce socially conservative outcomes because of ethnocentric, androcentric and class-based assumptions in the source stories that persist into retellings. Therefore, some stories, such as classical myths, are particularly resistant to feminist reinterpretations, for example, while other types, such as folktales, are more malleable. In examining such possibilities, the book evaluates the processes of interpretation apparent in retellings. Index included.
 

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A Bibliographic Survey of
3
Mark Van Doren
77
1magination in A Midsummer Nights Dream
85
Titania and the Asss Head
107
Jack Shall Have Jill Nought
127
Deference
145
Festive Theory in A Midsummer Nights Dream
165
Censorship and Representation
179
Elisions Allusion
275
Shakespeares Dream Without
331
Chronotope and Repression in A Midsummer Nights Dream
345
Queer Theories and A Midsummer
369
Ann Friden
401
Kenneth Branaghs Midsummer Nights Dream 1990
417
Shakespeare on the East German Stage
421
Nightmare or Gentle Snooze?
429

A Kingdom of Shadows
217
Textual Theory Literary lnterpretation and the Last Act of
241
A Midsummer Nights Dream as a Comic Version of
259
Transposing Helena to Form and Dignity 1994
453
Marion McClintons A Midsummer Nights Dream at the
473
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