Twelfth Night Crash Course
Why 'Twelfth Night'?
Audio Book of Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night Print resources
Essays on Twelfth Night
822.33D SHA HUN Hunter, G.K. Shakespeare: the late comedies (1962)
822.33D SHA PIT Pitt, Angela Shakespeare’s women (1981)
822.33D SHA RIE Riemer, A.P. Antic fables: patterns of evasion in Shakespeare’s comedies (1980)
ST 820.9 VIE Tweg, Sue Twelfth Night: ‘Put me into good fooling’ in Viewpoints 87
822 33D SHA VIE Worth, Christopher Love and music in Twelfth Night (1990) in Viewpoints on Shakespeare
There are many useful chapters in books on Shakespeare and his plays grouped under 822.33 on the non-fiction shelves.
For dramatic productions see 792.025; filmed productions see 791.436, ; Elizabethan England see 942.055.
History of the Twelfth Night celebration
The celebration of Twelfth Night traditionally takes place on either January 5th (yesterday) or January 6th (today) depending on whether you choose to count from Christmas Day or the day after. The holiday celebrates the Epiphany, or the coming of the Magi to visit the Christ Child 12 days after His birth, and has been celebrated for centuries in Christian countries with feasting, drinking, and general merriment. Twelfth Night is also the title of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, a play about love and folly. While the main plot of the play is about the main characters finding the person they love (with lots of cross-dressing, mistaken identity and confusion along the way), the major sub-plot of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is about the tensions between the puritanical character, Malvolio, who frowns on feasting and frivolity, and the fool, Feste, who is all for mirth in the moment, declaring that “present mirth hath present laughter.” (Source: Provenance Online Project)