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The Merchant of Venice: Critical Essays

The Merchant of Venice: Critical Essays

Thomas Wheeler
June 07, 2017

Originally published in 1991. Essays here are arranged chronologically within sections: ‘The Play as Text’, ‘Shylock’ and ‘The Play in the Theatre.’ Collecting previously published important commentaries and scholarly articles, this volume in the Shakespearean Criticism set looks at one of the Bard...

King Lear: Critical Essays

King Lear: Critical Essays

Kenneth Muir
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1984. With selections organised chronologically, this collection presents the best writing on one of Shakespeare’s most studied plays. The structure displays the changing responses to the play and includes a wide range of criticism from the likes of Coleridge, Hazlitt,...

Henry IV, Parts I and II: Critical Essays

Henry IV, Parts I and II: Critical Essays

David Bevington
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1986. This volume points to the rich variety of critical responses to the Henry IV plays and their complexity. It includes selections from characteristic thought of the neoclassical age, character criticism in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, historical and new...

Twelfth Night: Critical Essays

Twelfth Night: Critical Essays

Stanley Wells
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1986. Among the most frequently performed and high admired of Shakespeare’s plays, Twelfth Night is examined here in this collection of writings from well-known essayists and scholars. The chapters present to the modern reader discussions of the play to enhance understanding...

Romeo and Juliet: Critical Essays

Romeo and Juliet: Critical Essays

John F. Andrews
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1993. Presenting excerpts and articles on the themes and characters from the most famous story of young lovers, this collection brings together scholarship relating to the language, performance, and impact of the play. Ordered in three parts, the chapters cover analysis,...

King John and Henry VIII: Critical Essays

King John and Henry VIII: Critical Essays

Frances A. Shirley
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1988. Arranged by play, the essays presented here focus first on production and then on a range of other issues such as characters, imagery, textual problems and themes. Both plays were more popular in earlier centuries and most later essayists focused on small issues rather...

Richard II: Critical Essays

Richard II: Critical Essays

Jeanne T. Newlin
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1984. The four parts of this collection of articles, from 1601 to the 1970s, look at the historical and political dynamics of the play, the play in the theatre, the psychology of its characters, and its poetry and rhetoric. Bringing together the best that was written about...

Othello: Critical Essays

Othello: Critical Essays

Susan Snyder
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1988. Selections here are organised chronologically looking at both theatrical commentary and literary criticism. The organisation brings out the shifts in emphasis as each generation reinvents Shakespeare, and Othello, by the questions asked, those not asked, and the...

Coriolanus: Critical Essays

Coriolanus: Critical Essays

David Wheeler
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1995. Providing the most influential historical criticism, but also some contemporary pieces written for the volume, this collection includes the most essential study and reviews of this tragic play. The first part contains critical articles arranged chronologically while...

Macbeth: Critical Essays

Macbeth: Critical Essays

Samuel Schoenbaum
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1991. Collecting together commentary and critique on ‘the Scottish play’, this book showcases varied discussions of the text and the theatrical productions. From Samuel Johnson’s brief 1765 comment to the editor’s own piece on the Porter’s scene, the texts included here are...

Titus Andronicus: Critical Essays

Titus Andronicus: Critical Essays

Philip C Kolin
November 29, 2016

Originally published in 1995. In three parts – introduction, criticism and reviews – this volume examines the goriest of Shakespeare’s works. The editor’s exhaustive introduction runs through the pattern of changing scholarship and commentary, introducing the key interests in the play, from its...

Shakespearean Criticism

Shakespearean Criticism

Various
April 02, 2015

Reissuing works originally published between 1984 and 1995, this set brings back into print early volumes from the Shakespearean Criticism Series originally edited by Joseph Price. The books present selections of renowned scholarship on each play, touching on performances as well as the dramatic...

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