Table of Contents for Much Ado About Nothing


Preface ix
Abbreviations and References xi
Introduction I
Publication
I
The play's date
2(2)
The title
4(1)
Sources
5(20)
Claudio and Hero
5(9)
General survey
5(1)
Ariosto: Orlando Furioso, Canto v (1516)
6(2)
Bandello: La Prima Parte de le Novelle, Novella 22 (1554)
8(5)
The interlinking
13(1)
Belleforest: Le Troisiesme Tome des Histoires Tragiques Extraictes des oeuvres Italiennes de Bandel, Histoire XVIII (1569)
13(1)
Beatrice and Benedick
14(7)
The scorner of love
15(1)
Patterns of courtesy and wit
16(3)
Lyly
19(1)
Shakespearean precedents
19(2)
Dogberry
21(3)
Old play?
24(1)
Style
25(8)
Precedents
25(1)
Shakespeare's evolution in comedy
26(1)
The play's style
26(7)
Stage history
33(17)
The world of Messina
50(9)
The prevalent spirit
50(1)
The impact of Don John
51(2)
Don Pedro's error
53(1)
The problem of Claudio
54(3)
The redemptive process
57(1)
The tomb scene
57(1)
The final phase
58(1)
Form and structure
59(9)
Critical resume
68(7)
The text
75(10)
The Quarto
75(5)
The Folio
80(4)
Editorial procedures
84(1)
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING 85
APPENDICES
I Source analogues
219
(i) Peter Beverley: Ariodanto and Ieneura
219
(ii) George Whetstone: The Rocke of Regard
220
(iii) Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queene
220
II The evolution of wit style
222
III The Law Against Lovers
229
IV The proxy wooing
230
V Old tales
232
VI The songs
236