By John Lyly

Devised as an leisure for a Tudor monarch and engaged with issues relatively pertinent to the Elizabethan country, Galatea should be visible, mockingly, as a parable for our time. Inhabiting an international threatened with inundation and engaged in a technique of swap, the characters locate themselves locked in a chain of transgressive events that talk on to modern event and twenty-first-century serious matters. Same-sex relationships, shifts of authority, and the destabilization of which means all lend the drama a stunning modernity, making it without delay the main available of Lyly's performs and the only most often played today.

Specifically designed for the coed reader, Leah Scragg's variation deals more than a few views at the paintings. an in depth advent locates the play within the context of the Elizabethan courtroom and the functionality of performs by means of juvenile troupes, starting a window upon one of those drama very varied from that of extra commonly used sixteenth-century dramatists reminiscent of Marlowe and Shakespeare. The latter's indebtedness to the paintings is totally documented, whereas distinct severe and function histories find the money for an perception into the susceptibility of the paintings to reinterpretation.

Newly edited from the earliest witness, the 4to of 1592, and richly annotated for the trendy reader, this version permits entry to the paintings of a author who used to be a vital determine within the cultural lifetime of past due sixteenth-century England and remains to be in a position to talking to audiences today.

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