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William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

Ratri Ray (Author)
Synopsis A Midsummer Night's Dream is acclaimed as the best of the early comedies of Shakespeare. It brings together the elements of romance, supernatural forces and earthy common sense in an unprecedented blend of magical harmony. The present study aims at making the text more accessible to the serious student of Shakespeare. Besides providing the socio-political milieu of Shakespeare's time, it gives a scene-wise critical summary of the text. It contains numerous citations from the text, thus providing ample opportunity for the reader to familiarize himself with the text. The analyses of different elements of drama are accompanied with the views of renowned critics. Classical theories of comedy as well as Elizabethan comments have been lucidly and briefly explained. A select bibliography and index have been provided at the end. The book is highly readable, self-contained and comprehensive. It will undoubtedly prove an invaluable reference book for both students and teachers of English literature.
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About the author

Ratri Ray

Ratri Ray is a retired University Professor and Head of the Deptt. of English, Patna University. As a student she had a unique career, for she had been awarded three gold medals for her B.A. results and two more for her M.A. results. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in 1981, her field of work being the little-known nineteenth-century poet, T.L. Beddoes. Later, after two decades of extensive and intensive studies, she obtained the D.Litt. degree, the field this time being the comparative study of two mystical poets, Francis Thompson and Nishikanto, a Bengali poet. Her studies of six Shakespearean plays according to the Rasavada had been serialised during the 80s and 90s in the cultural periodical Mother India, published from Pondicherry. She has published numerous research articles in literary journals and anthologies all over India. one of these contributions, a serialised study of 28 articles on the element of myth in Sri aurobindo's poetry is shortly to be published in the book form. At present her research articles on the plays of Sri Aurobindo studied in the light of Rasavada are being serialised in srinvantu, a periodical published from Kolkata.

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Title William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Author Ratri Ray
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.02.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8126908691
length vi+186p.