Accompanied by four sets of thematicaly arranged primary documents, from ballads to diatribes to even woodcuts, As You Like It: Texts and Contexts puts key themes into context, alongside the play, in order to open up discussion.
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Introduction pre-text: Thomas Llodge, Rosalynde part oneWilliam Shakespeare, As You Like It(Edited by David Bevington)part twoCultural Contexts1. Pastoral and Rural Life: Court and CountryPastoral Conventions Theocritus, From The XXI Idyllion Virgil, From The First EclogueEdmund Spenser, From The Shepheardes CalenderEdmund Spenser, From The Faerie QueeneChristopher Marlowe, The Passionate Shepherd to His Love and Sir Walter Raleigh (?), The Nymph’s Reply to the ShepherdLady Mary Wroth, From Pamphilia to Amphilanthus Pastoral Critique William Vaughan, From The Golden Grove Sir Thomas More, From Utopia Michael Drayton, From Poly-OlbionSir Thomas Elyot, From The Book Named the Governor Vincentio Saviolo, From Vincentio Saviolo His Practice in Two Books John Earle, From MicrocosmographyThomas Starkey, From A Dialogue between Pole and LupsetJ. A., From An Apology for a Younger BrotherRobin Hood and the Greenwood John Major, From A History of Greater Britain Richard Grafton, From A Chronicle at Large Robin Hood and The Ballad of Allin of Dale From A Famous Battle between Robin Hood and Maid Marian Rural LifeJohn Manwood, From A Treatise and Discourse of the Laws of theForest James I, From A Proclamation against Unlawful Hunting George Gascoigne, From The Noble Art of Venery or Hunting John Fitzherbert, From The Booke of Husbandry and Leonard Mascall, From The First Book of Cattle 2. Love, Sex, and Marriage The Celebration of Marriage An Homily of the State of Matrimony Edmund Spenser, From Epithalamion Irregular Marriages Thomas Beard, From The Theatre of God’s Judgments John Stockwood, From A Bartholomew Fairing From Extracts from the Act Books of the Archdeacons of Nottingham Ambivalence about Marriage Henry Peacham, From Minerva Britanna, an emblem of Matrimonium George Whetstone, From An Heptameron of Civil Discourses Samuel Rowlands, From The Bride Languages of Love Sir Thomas Wyatt, Sonnet, The Lover Describes His Being Stricken with Sight of His Love Lady Mary Wroth, Sonnet from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus William Shakespeare, Sonnet 130 Ovid, "In Bed with Corinna" Valentine Hamdultun, A Merry New Jig; or, the Pleasant Wooing betwixt Kit and Peg Valentine Hamdultun, A Pleasant New Song between Two Young Lovers That Lasted Not Long; or, the Second Part Lovers Who Write on Trees Ludovico Ariosto, From Orlando Furioso Lady Mary Wroth, From The Countess of Mountgomeries Urania The Renaissance Ganymede Henry Peacham, From Minerva Britanna, an emblem of Ganymede Christopher Marlowe, From The Tragedie of Dido Richard Barnfield, From The Affectionate Shepherd Richard Barnfield, From Cynthia Cross-Dressing and Female Homoeroticism John Rainolds, From Th’Overthrow of Stage-Plays William Prynne, From Histrio-Mastix John Lyly, From Gallatea Constantia Fowler, Letter to Herbert Aston 3. Calling Fools into a Circle Fools and Folly: Types and Paradoxes Sebastian Brant, From Stultifera Navis . . . The Ship of Fools Richard Tarlton, From Tarlton’s Jests Robert Armin, From A Nest of Ninnies Thomas Trevelyon, From Fooles, or Foolishnesse Desiderius Erasmus, From Praise of Folly "Disordered Assemblies": Court Records from Chester François Rabelais, From Gargantua and Pantagruel Strange Capers: Love Folly and Its Cure Ovid, From Ovidius Naso His Remedie of Love Robert Burton, From The Anatomy of Melancholy Writing and Righting Love Folly in Letters From Cupid’s Messenger Dorothy Osborne, Letter to Sir William Temple Dangerous Games: Railing Satire and Censorship John Marston, From The Scourge of Villainy John Weever, From The Whipping of the Satyre From Hole v. White: A Lawsuit for Libel in Wells Giovanni Boccaccio, From The Decameron 4. The Civilizing Process Birth, Gentility, and Grace Baldassare Castiglione, From The CourtyerRichard Brathwaite, From The English GentlewomanWilliam Harrison, From The Description and Chronicles of England Rude and Civil Manners Desiderius Erasmus, From A Little Book of Good Manners for Children Baldassare Castiglione, From The CourtyerNicholas Breton, From The Court and Country Formal Schooling: Boys to Men Richard Mulcaster, From Positions John Brinsley, From Ludus Literarius, or the Grammar School Debating Female Education Richard Mulcaster, From Positions Giovanni Bruto, From The Necessary, Fit, and Convenient Education of a Young Gentlewoman Informal Schooling: Travel and Observation Michel de Montaigne, From Essays Written in French by Michael Lord of Montaigne Sir William Cornwallis, From Essays Civil Tongues and the Art of Conversation Giovanni della Casa, From GalateoGeorge Puttenham, From The Art of English Poesie Desiderius Erasmus, From On Copia of Words and Ideas "Wit, Whither Wilt?" Jest Books and Comic Courtship From A Banquet of Jests From An Anonymous Commonplace Book Anthony Copley, From Wits, Fits and Fancies bibliography index