Shakespeare Criticism

Series Editor: Philip C Kolin

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.

  • Macbeth

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Nick Moschovakis

    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,…

    Paperback – 2014-10-23
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  • Richard II

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Jeremy Lopez

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-10-16
    Routledge
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  • Twelfth Night

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by James Schiffer

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-10-14
    Routledge
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  • The Merry Wives of Windsor

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Evelyn Gajowski, Phyllis Rackin

    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…

    Hardback – 2014-09-11
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  • King Lear

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Jeffrey Kahan

    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?…

    Paperback – 2014-05-19
    Routledge
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  • The Tempest

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Patrick M. Murphy

    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…

    Paperback – 2014-05-16
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  • All's Well, That Ends Well

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Gary Waller

    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…

    Paperback – 2013-10-19
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  • Antony and Cleopatra

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Sara M. Deats

    Complementing other volumes in the Shakespeare Criticism Series, this collection of twenty original essays will expand the critical contexts in which Antony and Cleopatra can be enjoyed as both literature and theater. The essays will cover a wide spectrum of topics and utilize a diversity of…

    Paperback – 2012-10-29
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  • Julius Caesar

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Horst Zander

    This book explores traditional approaches to the play, which includes an examination of the play in light of current history, in the context of Renaissance England, and in relation to Shakespeare's other Roman plays as well as structural examination of plot, language, character, and source material…

    Paperback – 2012-07-27
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  • Henry VI

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Thomas A. Pendleton

    This collection of original essays provides a selection of current criticism on the Henry VI plays. Topics addressed will include feminist commentaries on the play, the principal of unity in the trilogy, the tradition of illumination of the play, textual variations, and finally, anachronism and…

    Paperback – 2009-11-11
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  • As You Like It

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Edward Tomarken

    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,…

    Paperback – 2009-08-25
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  • Pericles

    Critical Essays

    By David Skeele

    Pericles: Critical Essays brings together the most essential critical essays and theatrical reviews of Shakespeare's play from the late 17th century to the present, providing a representative gathering of critical opinion of Pericles over the centuries. David Skeele's introduction identifies the…

    Paperback – 2009-08-14
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  • The Taming of the Shrew

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Dana Aspinall

    This volume is a comprehensive collection of critical essays on The Taming of the Shrew, and includes extensive discussions of the play's various printed versions and its theatrical productions. Aspinall has included only those essays that offer the most influential and controversial arguments…

    Paperback – 2009-06-22
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  • The Merchant of Venice

    Critical Essays

    Edited by John W. Mahon, Ellen Macleod Mahon

    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…

    Paperback – 2002-08-02
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  • Othello

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Philip Kolin

    Including twenty-one groundbreaking chapters that examine one of Shakespeare's most complex tragedies. Othello: Critical Essays explores issues of friendship and fealty, love and betrayal, race and gender issues, and much more.…

    Paperback – 2001-12-21
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  • Hamlet

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Arthur F. Kinney

    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…

    Paperback – 2001-11-16
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  • The Comedy of Errors

    Critical Essays

    By Robert S. Miola

    This collection of essays and reviews represents the most significant and comprehensive writing on Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. Miola's edited work also features a comprehensive critical history, coupled with a full bibliography and photographs of major productions of the play from around the…

    Paperback – 2000-11-17
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  • A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Dorothea Kehler

    This volume traces the modern critical and performance history of this play, one of Shakespeare's most-loved and most-performed comedies. The essay focus on such modern concerns as feminism, deconstruction, textual theory, and queer theory.…

    Paperback – 2000-11-17
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  • Love's Labour's Lost

    Critical Essays

    By Felicia Hardison Londre

    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;…

    Paperback – 2000-11-02
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  • Shakespeare's Sonnets

    Critical Essays

    Edited by James Schiffer

    Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays is the essential Sonnets anthology for our time. This important collection focuses exclusively on contemporary criticism of the Sonnets, reprinting three highly influential essays from the past decade and including sixteen original analyses by leading scholars…

    Paperback – 2000-07-24
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  • Venus and Adonis

    Critical Essays

    By Philip C. Kolin

    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…

    Hardback – 1997-02-01
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  • Two Gentlemen of Verona

    Critical Essays

    Edited by June Schlueter

    Twenty-nine collected essays represent a critical history of Shakespeare's play as text and as theater, beginning with Samuel Johnson in 1765, and ending with a review of the Royal Shakespeare Company production in 1991. The criticism centers on three aspects of the play: the love/friendship debate.…

    Hardback – 1995-12-01
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  • The Winter's Tale

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Maurice Hunt

    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).…

    Hardback – 1995-08-01
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