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Shakespeare Criticism


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These comprehensive critical collections are a must-have for students, libraries and scholars alike. Each volume gathers the most influential criticism, key contemporary interpretations and reviews of the most influential productions of Shakespeare's masterworks.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor New Critical Essays

The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By Evelyn Gajowski, Phyllis Rackin
August 23, 2018

The Merry Wives of Windsor has recently experienced a resurgence of critical interest. At times considered one of Shakespeare’s weaker plays, it is often dismissed or marginalized; however, developments in feminist, ecocritical and new historicist criticism have opened up new perspectives and this ...

Love's Labour's Lost Critical Essays

Love's Labour's Lost: Critical Essays

1st Edition

By Felicia Hardison Londre
November 02, 2000

This anthology examines Love's Labours Lost from a variety of perspectives and through a wide range of materials. Selections discuss the play in terms of historical context, dating, and sources; character analysis; comic elements and verbal conceits; evidence of authorship; performance analysis; ...

The Winter's Tale Critical Essays

The Winter's Tale: Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By Maurice Hunt
May 07, 2015

A collection that includes a lengthy introduction describing historical trends in critical interpretations and theatrical performances of Shakespeare's play; 20 essays on the play, including two written especially for this volume (by Maurice Hunt and David Bergeron)....

Venus and Adonis Critical Essays

Venus and Adonis: Critical Essays

1st Edition

By Philip C. Kolin
February 27, 2015

This is the first collection of critical essays devoted exclusively to Shakespeare's first published work, his long narrative poem Venus and Adonis which established his reputation as the literary darling of London and the heir of Ovid.  Particularly important is the book's coverage of the ...

Macbeth New Critical Essays

Macbeth: New Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By Nick Moschovakis
October 23, 2014

This volume offers a wealth of critical analysis, supported with ample historical and bibliographical information about one of Shakespeare’s most enduringly popular and globally influential plays. Its eighteen new chapters represent a broad spectrum of current scholarly and interpretive approaches,...

Richard II New Critical Essays

Richard II: New Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By Jeremy Lopez
October 16, 2014

Arguably the first play in a Shakespearean tetralogy, Richard II is a unique and compelling political drama whose themes still resonate today. It is one of the few Shakespeare plays written entirely in verse and its format presents unique theatrical challenges. Politically engaged and controversial...

Twelfth Night New Critical Essays

Twelfth Night: New Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By James Schiffer
October 13, 2014

This volume in the Shakespeare Criticism series offers a range of approaches to Twelfth Night, including its critical reception, performance history, and relation to early modern culture. James Schiffer’s extensive introduction surveys the play’s critical reception and performance history, while ...

King Lear New Critical Essays

King Lear: New Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By Jeffrey Kahan
May 19, 2014

Is King Lear an autonomous text, or a rewrite of the earlier and anonymous play King Leir? Should we refer to Shakespeare’s original quarto when discussing the play, the revised folio text, or the popular composite version, stitched together by Alexander Pope in 1725? What of its stage variations? ...

The Tempest Critical Essays

The Tempest: Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By Patrick M. Murphy
May 16, 2014

The Tempest: Critical Essays traces the history of Shakespeare's controversial late romance from its early reception (and adaptation) in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to the present. The volume reprints influential criticism, and it also offers eight originalessays which study The ...

As You Like It Critical Essays

As You Like It: Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By Edward Tomarken
August 25, 2009

This essay collection offers a lengthy introduction describing trends in criticism and theatrical interpretation of As You Like It. Twenty-six major essays on the play, including several written especially for this volume highlight the work, coupled with twenty-three reviews of various productions,...

Hamlet Critical Essays

Hamlet: Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By Arthur F. Kinney
November 16, 2001

Using a variety of approaches, from postcolonialism and New Historicism to psychoanalysis and gender studies, the international contributors to Hamlet: New Critical Essays contribute major new interpretations on the conception and writing, editing, and cultural productions of Hamlet. This book is ...

The Merchant of Venice Critical Essays

The Merchant of Venice: Critical Essays

1st Edition

Edited By John W. Mahon, Ellen Macleod Mahon
August 02, 2002

This volume is a collection of all-new original essays covering everything from feminist to postcolonial readings of the play as well as source queries and analyses of historical performances of the play. The Merchant of Venice is a collection of seventeen new essays that explore the concepts of ...

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