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Macbeth: New Critical Essays

Macbeth: New Critical Essays

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

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

James Schiffer
October 14, 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...

The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays

The Merry Wives of Windsor: New Critical Essays

Evelyn Gajowski, Phyllis Rackin
September 11, 2014

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...

King Lear: New Critical Essays

King Lear: New Critical Essays

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

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...

All's Well, That Ends Well: New Critical Essays

All's Well, That Ends Well: New Critical Essays

Gary Waller
October 19, 2013

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...

Antony and Cleopatra: New Critical Essays

Antony and Cleopatra: New Critical Essays

Sara M. Deats
October 29, 2012

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...

Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays

Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays

Horst Zander
July 27, 2012

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...

Henry VI: Critical Essays

Henry VI: Critical Essays

Thomas A. Pendleton
November 11, 2009

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...

As You Like It: Critical Essays

As You Like It: Critical Essays

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,...

Pericles: Critical Essays

Pericles: Critical Essays

David Skeele
August 14, 2009

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...

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