Shakespeare's Twelfth Night Study Guide

All you need to know about William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is in this advanced guide to the text. Connell Guides are advanced guide books that offer sophisticated analysis and broad critical perspectives for higher-level GCSE and A Level English Literature students. Written by leading academics, Connell Guides are clear, concise and beautifully designed to help students understand, and enjoy, great works of literature. They are perfect for coursework, revision and exam preparation. Connell Guides are also great reads themselves scholarly, yet approachable and entertaining.

There is no evidence that Twelfth Night was especially popular in Shakespeare's day, but it is now widely seen as his greatest romantic comedy. Among its fans is the American academic Stephen Booth, who judges it to be one of the most beautiful man-made things in the world. In this short book, the distinguished Shakespearian critic David Schalkwyk argues that in Twelfth Night Shakespeare achieved an unmatched blend of erotic lyricism and festive laughter, edgy satire and romantic melancholy. With its main plot involving unrequited desire and loss of identity, and its parallel sub-plot of household jealousy and cruel gulling, it is, says Schalkwyk, as multi-faceted as any well-cut jewel.

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