Originally published in 1987, "Fanned and Winnowed Opinions" celebrates the scholarship of Professor Harold Jenkins, one of this century’s foremost editors and critics of Shakespeare. All of the essays address Shakespearean topics, and many of the sixteen focus on the years between 1595 and 1605, the period on which much of Professor Jenkin’s work centers: there are, appropriately, three essays on Hamlet. A variety of critical approaches is represented, including the Freudian and the feminist; some essays focus on one play, while others take a thematic approach. Comedies, histories, and tragedies all come under consideration.
The contributors include many distinguished scholars, some of whom studied under Professor Jenkins or edited volumes of the Arden Shakespeare under his direction. All of the contributions were specifically written for the Festschrift and had not appeared in print before. In addition to the scholarly essays, the volume features an introduction with an appreciative review of Harold Jenkins’ career and a complete bibliography of his works.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction. 1. Troilus and Cressida: Its Dramatic Unity and Genre Harold Brooks 2. Motive and Meaning in All’s Well that Ends Well Ruth Nevo 3. Amorous Fictions and As You Like It Brian Gibbons 4. Shakespeare’s Disguised Duke Play: Middleton, Marston, and the Sources of Measure for Measure Thomas A. Pendleton 5. Shakespeare and History: From Antithesis to Synthesis Arthur Humphreys 6. Sir John Oldcastle: Shakespeare’s Martyr E. A. J. Honigmann 7. "It Must Be Your Imagination Then": The Prologue and Plural Text in Henry V and Elsewhere Anthony Hammond 8. "With a Little Shuffling" George Walton Williams 9. "The Play’s the Thing": Hamlet and the Conscience of the Queen Richard Proudfoot 10. The Plays Within the Play of Hamlet Alastair Fowler 11. Iago’s Questionable Shapes Kenneth Palmer 12. On the Copy for Anthony and Cleopatra Marvin Spevack 13. A World of Figures: Enargeiac Speech in Shakespeare S. K. Heninger, Jr. 14. "For Now We Sit to Chat As Well As Eat": Conviviality and Conflict in Shakespeare’s Meals John W. Mahon 15. "Wives May be Merry and Yet Honest Too": Women and Wit in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Some Other Plays Sandra Clark 16. Shakespeare and Massinger: Resemblances and Contrasts Kenneth Muir. Harold Jenkins: List of Publications. Notes on Contributors. Index.
John W. Mahon, Thomas A. Pendleton