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This is a comprehensive edition of Romeo and Juliet. The text includes a detailed introduction to William Shakespeare, the historical period during which he was writing, and the nature of publication in the period. The editors have drawn... read more
This is a comprehensive edition of Romeo and Juliet. The text includes a detailed introduction to William Shakespeare, the historical period during which he was writing, and the nature of publication in the period. The editors have drawn judiciously from different source texts to create their edition of the play. All five acts are accompanied by relevant annotations and footnotes. The text is accompanied by a valuable set of educational resources and lesson plans that will help teachers enhance students’ engagement with the play.
The content is accurate and free from errors. The editors have produced a text that will make Shakespeare’s language and ideas accessible for a diverse group of readers.
The content in this edition is relevant and up-to-date. The essays on racism and ableism in the section on educational resources, in particular, address gaps in current scholarship on the play. This edition of Romeo and Juliet and will be valuable for teachers who are looking for accessible essays on race, class, gender that they may teach in tandem with the play. The sensitivity footnotes are another relevant addition that is lacking in other editions of the text.
The text is written in accessible prose. The editors made judicious changes to help clarify the text for readers. These changes include modernizing archaic language, replacing words; and modernizing spelling and punctuation. The edition annotates words that clarifies words that are no longer in use and provides footnotes that contextualize more complex words and phrases in the text.
The text is written and formatted with consistency.
The text is divided into smaller sections that make it easier to read. These sections include a comprehensive introduction, individual acts of the play, educational resources, supplemental lesson plans, and a glossary. Each section can be accessed individually. These sections may be used individually or collectively in a variety of literature courses.
This is a superbly organized edition of the play. It begins with a clear introduction, divides the play into individual acts and scenes, and ensures that scenes can be referenced on the basis of line numbers. Several approaches to the play are described and resources are carefully annotated for readers.
The text is easy to navigate. I can see students being able to access the text on their phones, tablets, and other devices. The links to outside sources generally work and are informative.
The text is free of grammatical errors.
The text is inclusive. It contains sections on racism, sexism, classism, and ableism in Romeo and Juliet. The edition also includes a series of “sensitivity notes” that create awareness of words and phrases that address racist, ableist, and sexist ideas.
This is a superb edition of Romeo and Juliet. It succeeds in making Shakespeare's language, themes, and content accessible for students and I can see it being taught in a variety of literature courses. The sections on educational resources and lesson plans will be useful for teachers who are interested in new methodologies and approaches for teaching the text. I look forward to assigning this text to my students!
Table of Contents
- The Play
- Act 1
- Act 2
- Act 3
- Act 4
- Act 5
- Educational Resources for Teachers
- Supplementary Lesson Plans
- Act I Focus: Family Dynamics and Misogynistic Language in the Early Modern Period
- Act II Focus: Representation of Class Through Language
- Act III Focus: Gender Dynamics and Storyline
- Act IV Focus: Language Variance Across Editions
- Act V Focus: The Narrative of Shakespeare
About the Book
This edition of Romeo and Juliet was edited by students for students. We believe that reliably edited versions of the play should be available for free online. But we wanted ours to be easy to get in other ways as well. The editors—Oregon State University students who remember, far better than their professors, what it was like to read the play for the first time—carefully considered every pronoun, punctuation mark, and footnote. Our goal: to make a friendly, confidence-building edition that supported classroom activities at the high school and college level.
About the Contributors
Rebecca Olson, Oregon State University