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 Tempest from a variety of contemporary perspectives, including cultural materialism, feminism, deconstruction, performance theory, and postcolonial studies. Unlike recent anthologies about The Tempest which reprint contemporary articles along with a few new essays, this volume contains a mixture of old and new materials pertaining to the play's use in the theater and in literary history.
General Editor's Introduction, Acknowledgments, Part I. The Tempest and the Critical Legacy Interpreting The Tempest: A History of Its Readings Part II. The Tempest and the Critics Preface to The Tempest or the Enchanted Island Patrick Murphy, Comment on Caliban John Dryden, The Adventurer, Number 83 Joseph Wharton, The Transcript of Lecture 9 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Notes on The Tempest Colerdige, The Tempest William Hazlitt, Tempest W.J. Birch, The Monster Caliban Daniel Wilson, Shakespeare's Last Plays Edward Dowden, Shakespeare's Tempest as Originally Produced at Court Ernest Law, The Tempest Don Cameron Allen, Romance, Farewell!: The Tempest M.C. Bradbrook, The Day of The Tempest John Bender, The Miranda Trap: Sexism and Racism in Shakespeare's Tempest Lorie Jerrell Leininger, Propsero's Wife Stephen Orgel, "Remember/First to Posses His Books:" The Appropriation of The Tempest, 1700-1800, Michael Dobson, Local Tempest: Shakespeare and the Work of the Early Modern Playhouse Douglas Bruster, Revisiting The Tempest, Fantasy an History in The Tempest Richard Wheeler, Part III. Performances of The Tempest The Tempest at Covent-Garden Hazlitt, Shakespeare Illuminated: Charles Kean's 1857 Production of The Tempest Mary Nillan, The Tempest at the Turn of the Century: Cross Currents in Production Nilan, Peter Brook's Tempest Margaret Croyden, The Tempest (National Theater at Old Vic's on 5 March 1974) Peter Ansorage, Prospero or the Director: Giorgio Strehler's The Tempest Jan Kott, A Brave New Tempest Lois Potter, The Tempest in Bali David E. R. George, Tampering with The Tempest Virginia Mason Vaughn & Alden T. Vaughn, Shakespeare at the Guthrie: The Tempest Through a Glass Darly Randall Louis Anderson, Tempest in a Smokepot Robert Brustein, Part IV. New Essays on The Tempest Listening for the Playwright's Voice, 4.1.139-5.1.32 Robert Hapgood, Alien Habitats in The Tempest Geraldo U de Sousa, Peopling, Profiting, and Pleasure in The Tempest Barbara Ann Sebeck, Print History of The Tempest in Early America, 1623-1787 Christopher Felker, "Their Senses I'll Restore": Montaigne and The Tempest Reconsidered Alan De Gooyer, Drama's "Inward Pinches": The Tempest James Stephans, Modernist Revisions of The Tempest: Auden, Woolf, Tippett Edward O'Shea, The Tempest as Political Allegory Claudia Harris