By David Skeele
Routledge – 2000 – 368 pages
Series: Shakespeare Criticism
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 critical issues and problems the play has raised, cites and evaluates significant critical works, and gives readers a guide to research on the play.
Table of Contents: Part I: Pericles in Criticism and Production Pericles in Criticism and Production: A Brief History – David Skeele Part II: Pericles and the Critics Part III Pericles on Stage Excerpt from Ode to Himself – Ben Jonson Prologue to Marina – George Lillo In Defence of Pericles – Edward Malone The Rebuttal – George Stevens The Recantation – Edward Malone Shakespeare’s Pericles – Henry Tyrell On the Play Pericles – F.G. Fleay Pericles: A Critical Study – George Brandes Pericles – Algernon Swinburne The Writing of Pericles – G. Wilson Knight This Great Miracle: Pericles – Howard Felperin Puzzle and Artifice: The Riddle as Metapoetry in Pericles – Phyllis Gorfain Excerpt from "The Masked Neptune" – C.L. Barber and Richard Wheeler Pericles and the Providential Tempest – Coppèlia Kahn "All that Monarchs Do": The Obscured Stages of Authority in Pericles – Steven Mullaney Masculine Authority and the Maternal Body: The Return to Origins in Pericles – Janet Adelman Pericles and the Burlesque Romance – Michael Baird Saenger Backsliding at Ephesus: Shakespeare’s Diana and the Churching of Women – Caroline Bicks "The Shores of My Mortality": Pericles’ Greece of the Mind – Lisa Hopkins Multiple Parenting in Pericles – Marianne Novy Part III: Pericles on Stage A Review of Samuel Phelps’ Pericles at Sadler’s Wells  Sadler’s Wells: Pericles  – Henry Morley "For Men to See, and Seeing Wonder At": Samuel Phelps’ Spectacular Pericles - David Skeele Pericles Purified: A Review of John Coleman’s Pericles  – The Enthusiast Pericles in Burma  A Review of Robert Aktin’s Pericles  – Edward Shanks Pericles and the Prospect Theatre – Dale Moffitt "To Glad Your Ear and Please Your Eye": Pericles at the Other Place – J.R. Mulryne Shot from the Canon: The BBC Video of Pericles – Paul Nelson Pericles With Great Feeling [Boston Shakespeare Co., 1983] – Kevin Kelly Daring to be Different: [Pericles at Boston Shakespeare Co., 1983] – Jack Kroll Pericles Transcends Modernization [Hartford Stage Co., 1987] – Phyllis S. Donovan Pericles at the Royal National Theatre  – Melissa Gibson The Longest Voyage of All: Shakespeare’s Pericles in Japan – J. Thomas Rimer
David Skeele is Professor in Playwriting and Acting at Slippery Rock University. He is author of Thwarting the Wayward Seas: A Critical and Theatrical History of Shakespeare's Pericles in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries and several original plays.