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; and feminist interpretations. Alongside theater reviews, production photographs, and critical commentary, the volume also includes essays written by practicing theater artists who have worked on the play. An index by name, literary work, and concept rounds out this valuable resource.
Table of Contents
General Editor's Introduction * Acknowledgments * Illustrations * Introduction * Love's Labour's Lost and the Critical Legacy, Felicia Hardison Londre * Love's Labour's Lost and The Critics * From Alba, or the Month's Minde of a Melancholy Lover (1598), Robert Tofte * To the Right Honorable the Lorde Vycount Cranborne at the Courte (1604), Sir Walter Cope; Remarks on the Plays of Shakespear: The Argument of Love's Labour's Lost (1710), Charles Gildon * Notes on Shakespeare's Plays: Love's Labour's Lost (excerpts) (1765), Samuel Johnson * Love's Labour Lost, from Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature: Criticisms on Shakespeare's Comedies (1808), August Wilhelm von Schlegel * Love's Labour's Lost, from the Lectures on Shakespeare and Milton (1811), Samuel Taylor Coleridge [reported by J. Tomalin] * Love's Labour's Lost, from Lectures and Notes on Shakspere and Other English Poets (1818), Samuel Taylor Coleridge * Love's Labour's Lost, from Characters of Shakespeare's Plays (1817), William Hazlitt * On Love's Labour's Lost (1878), Walter Pater; Shakespeare's Word-Play and Puns: Love's Labour's Lost (1889), Thomas R. Price * A Shakespearean Quibble (1898), James W. Bright * Love's Labour's Lost, from Shakespeare: His Music and Song (1915), A.H. Moncure-Sime * Love's Labour's Lost Restudied (1925), Oscar J. Campbell; Love's Labour's Lost: One of Shakespeare's First Bows (1942), Jacques Copeau, translated from the French by Mari Pappas * Love's Labour's Lost (1953), Bobbyann Roesen (Anne Barton) * The Folly of Wit and Masquerade in Love's Labour's Lost (1959), C.L. Barber * Love's Labour's Lost: The Story of a Conversion (1962), John Dover Wilson, C.H. * Love's Labour's Lost and the Early Shakespeare (1962), Alfred Harbage * The Dialogues of Spring and Winter: A Key to the Unity of Love's Labour's Lost (1967), Catherine M. McLay * Love's Labour's Lost The Grace of Society (1971), Thomas M. Greene * The Failure of Relationship Between Men and Women in Love's Labour's Lost (1981), Peter B. Erickson * Oath-Taking (1981), Irene G. Dash * The Copy for the Folio Text of Love's Labour's Lost (1982), Stanley Wells * The Structure of Love's Labour's Lost (1982), Koshi Nakanori, translated from the Japanese by Toru Iwasaki * M. Marcad and the Dance of Death: Love's Labour's Lost v. 2.705-711 (1986), Ren Graziani * Jaquenetta's Baby's Father: Recovering Paternity in Love's Labour's Lost (1990), Dorothea Kehler * Armado and Costard in the French Academy: Player as Clown (1993), Meredith Anne Skura, * Elizabethan Views of the "Other": French, Spanish, and Russians in Love's Labour's Lost (1995), Felicia Hardison Londre * Love's Labour's Lost on Stage * Review of the Dramatic Students at St. James's Theatre (1886), Bernard Shaw * Review of Love's Labor's Lost at Daly's Theatre (1891), New York Times; Imitations: The Students, 1762 (1904), Horace Howard Furness * Review of Peines d'amour perdues at the Od on: From Le Monde (1946), Robert Kemp * Review of Peines d'amour perdues at the Od on: From La Vie intellectuelle (1946), Henri Gouhier * From The Shifting Point (1987), Peter Brooke * Armado's "You that way; we this way" (1969-70), James Hisao Kodama * Love's Labor Reviewed as Mozart-Like (1974), John H. Harvey * Review of Love's Labour's Lost at the Guthrie Theater (1974), Mike Steele * Review of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1978), Michael Billington * Rehearsal Process as Critical Practice: John Barton's 1978 Love's Labour's Lost (1988), Barbara Hodgdon * From a Theatregoer's Notebook: The RSC Love's Labour's Lost (1985), Felicia Hardison Londre * Moshinsky's Love's Labour's Lost (1985), Mary Z. Maher * Another winner, a feast worthy of the Bard himself: Review of Love's Labour's Lost, Performed by the Great Lakes Theater Festival (1988), Marianne Evett * Director Leaves Mark on Love's Labour's Lost: Review of Love's Labour's Lost, performed by the Great Lakes Theater Festival (1988), Tony Mastroaianni * Youthful Touch of Tenderness: Review of Love's Labor's Lost, at the Public Theater (1989), Clive Barnes * On Directing Love's Labour's Lost-Five Times, Gerald Freedman * On Designing Love's Labour's Lost-Twice, John Ezell; Love's Labor's Lost (1992), Randall Louis Anderson * Continuous Sonnets (1993), Amy Reiter * Love's Labour's Lost (1993), Margaret Loftus Ranald * Shakespeare, Half of Creation: Reminiscences of Don Armado, Peter Huszti * The "Otherness" of the Foreigner in Contemporary Productions of Love's Labour's Lost, Daniel J. Watermeier * On Playing Berowne, Theodore Swetz * Envoi, Melia Bensussen * Contributors of New Material to This Volume
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