By David Skeele
Published August 14th 2009 by Routledge – 356 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.
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.