The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0557 Friday, 27 February 2004
Date: Thursday, 26 Feb 2004 10:43:45 -0400
Subject: The Wedding Legend for MND
Furness in his Variorum edition of MND (1895) pp. 259ff. attributes to
Tieck in 1830 the first suggestion of the occasion being the Southampton
wedding, but this would not have been attended by the queen. Furness
summarizes a number of other (but not all) nineteenth century
discussions of which wedding may have provided the occasion, and (from
Wright's 1877 Clarendon edition) mentions the possibility of the queen's
presence at a performance. The discussions are complicated by questions
of political allegory, and of public or private performance. The debate
gathers steam towards the end of the nineteenth century, and has not
been resolved. A good representative early discussion can be found in
the introduction and Appendix H of E.K. Chambers' 1897 Warwick edition.
Twentieth-century arguments and speculations are too numerous to list.
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