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The Taming of the Shrew (edition 2011)

by William Shakespeare

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Title:The Taming of the Shrew
Authors:William Shakespeare
Info:Simon & Brown (2011), Paperback, 148 pages
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If only this play had retained all of the comedic elements from its opening pages it might have left a better taste in my mouth than it did. Not one of the great playwright's better works, and not something I would 'willingly' read again, but mildly enjoyable nonetheless. ( )
  hickey92 | Jan 24, 2016 |
One of my favorite Shakespeare plays ( )
  oel_3 | Jan 17, 2016 |
Baptista's older daughter, Katherina, is notoriously foul-tempered and shrewish while his younger daughter, Bianca, has many suitors. Baptista will not allow Bianca to marry before her older sister, however. The suitors work together to find a husband for Katherina so that they may have a chance at Bianca. Enter Petruchio, who "tames" Katherina with his outrageous personality and behavior until she has no choice but to submit to his will.

This is my first time reading this play, but I have seen several versions of it, and it's always been the one play of Shakespeare's that I've had serious trouble with. I just cannot wrap my mind around the idea that Katherina's character changes so completely so suddenly. I did a bit of research into the many different ways to interpret this text, so that helped explain it a bit, but I still find her character unbelievable. I will admit that this could just be the offended feminist in me talking. I did enjoy the comic relief of some of the other characters. I also found it interesting that my edition included the Induction scene that introduces The Taming of the Shrew as a play within a play. Every version I've ever seen omits this and just presents the play on its own, so I didn't even know this scene existed. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Essay prompt based on reading the play as well as seeing it performed at Cal Shakes with my class:

Who Wrote the Book of Love?
What is the relationship between education and love in Taming of the Shrew? What kinds of love come with textbooks and who writes them? Why are certain books on love alluded to (like Ovid)? What kinds of love are not academic? What dictates the kind of instruction? How does education change the way characters love? Who has control in the various examples of amorous education? How is love learned or instinctual? How is the play itself an instructional manual?
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
Read this twice, once for high school and once for college, and both times I despised it. I don't remember why, but I think it was some feminist outrage that I had... ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
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William Shakespeareprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baudissin, Wolf Heinrich GrafTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bergin, Thomas GoddardEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bevington, David M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gollancz, IsrealPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harrison, George BEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heilman, Robert BechtoldEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hodgdon, BarbaraEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jervis, Gerald C.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oliver, Harold JamesEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Papp, JosephForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quiller-Couch, ArthurEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Raffel, BurtonEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, AnnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Wright, Louis B.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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