‘The story shall be changed’: antique fables and agency in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Scott, Charlotte. 2020. ‘The story shall be changed’: antique fables and agency in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare Survey, 73, pp. 119-128. ISSN 0080-9152 [Article]

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This essay explores the role of the story – allusion, paradigm, precedent and narrative structure – as an agent of change in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With a particular focus on women, this essay analyses the pivotal role that story telling provides in Shakespeare’s construction of both opportunity and imagination.

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This article has been published in a revised form in Shakespeare Survey 73, edited by Emma Smith https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108908023.009.

This version is published under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-ND. No commercial re-distribution or re-use allowed. Derivative works cannot be distributed.

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English and Comparative Literature


1 September 2020Published
20 May 2019Accepted

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16 Jan 2019 14:48

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10 Jun 2021 09:00

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