All's Well, That Ends Well
New Critical Essays
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Described as one of Shakespeare’s most intriguing plays, All’s Well That Ends Well has only recently begun to receive the critical attention it deserves. Noted as a crucial point of development in Shakespeare’s career, this collection of new essays reflects the growing interest in the play and presents a broad range of approaches to it, including historical, feminist, performative and psychoanalytical criticisms.
In addition to fourteen essays written by leading scholars, the editor’s introduction provides a substantial overview of the play’s critical history, with a strong focus on performance analysis and the impact that this has had on its reception and reputation. Demonstrating a variety of approaches to the play and furthering recent debates, this book makes a valuable contribution to Shakespeare criticism.
Table of Contents
Preface From 'the Unfortunate Comedy' to 'this Infinitely Fascinating Play': The Critical and Theatrical Emergence of All’s Well, That Ends Well Gary Waller Revising the Sources: Novella, Romance, and the Meanings of Fiction in All’s Well, That Ends Well Steven Mentz ' As Sweet as Sharp': Helena and the Fairy Bride Tradition Regina Buccola Tying the (K)not: The Marriage of Tragedy and Comedy in All’s Well,That Ends Well Paul Gleed All’s Well, That Ends Well and the Art of Retrograde Motion Deanne Williams Performing Woman: Female Theatricality in All’s Well, That Ends Well Kent R. Lehnhof 'To make the ‘not’ eternal': Female Eloquence and Patriarchal Authority in All's Well, That Ends Well Ellen Belton Shakespeare’s Miracle Play? Religion in All’s Well, That Ends Well Helen Wilcox She is in the Right: Biblical Maternity and All’s Well, That Ends Well Michele Osherow ' The credit of your father': Absent Fathers in All's Well, That Ends Well David M. Bergeron ' ’Twas mine, ’twas Helen’s': Rings of Desire in All’s Well, That Ends Well' Nicholas Ray ‘Sweet Practicer, thy Physic I will try’: Helena and Her ‘Good Receipt’ in All’s Well, That Ends Well Catherine Field All’s Well, That Ends Well and the 1604 Controversy Concerning the Court of Wards and Liveries Terry Reilly Playing it Accordingly: Parolles and Shakespeare's Knee-crooking Knaves Craig Dionne All’s Well as Television: the 1980 Moshinsky Production Bob White Appendix Select List of Productions of All’s Well, That Ends Well, 1953-2006 Select Bibliography. Contributors. Index
Gary Waller is Professor of Literature Cultural and Drama Studies at Purchase College, SUNY. He has published widely, including books on The Sidney Family Romance, English Poetry of the Sixteenth Century, Shakespeare’s Comedies, Edmund Spenser: A Literary Life and Mary Sidney Countess of Pembroke.