About the Book
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play replete with opulent interpretative potentials. The purpose of this academic undertaking has been to explore these interpretative nuances so as to uphold the abiding appeal of this timeless Shakespearean masterpiece. The introduction has been penned by Dr. Tapati Gupta, who is an authority on the subject. Her erudition informs the introduction. The essays that follow offer myriad readings of the play to cater to the basic requirements of the students. The book holds out a promise to benefit the students in their reading of the play.
Editor Samrita Sengupta Sinha teaches at Vivekananda College for Women.
1. Making a Sense of The Opening of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2. Fantasy in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
3. The Oneiric Pattern and its Significance in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
4. Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
5. The Fairies and Elizabethan World Politics in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
6. Puck’s Role
7. Metatheatrical Sublayers and the Interconnecting Threads in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
8. “Hempen Homespuns: The Role of the Craftsmen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
9. The Separate Planes of Existence and Gender Politics in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
10. Gender Relation in A Midsummer Night’s Dream
11. “Sundry Times Publickly Performed”: A Short Overview of the Performance History of Midsummer Night’s Dream