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Shakespeare Criticism Series

These comprehensive critical collections are a must-have for students, libraries and scholars alike. Each volume gathers the most influential criticism, key contemporary interpretations and reviews of the most influential productions of Shakespeare's masterworks.

  1. All's Well, That Ends Well

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Gary Waller

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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...

    Published November 20th 2006 by Routledge

  2. Antony and Cleopatra

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Sara M. Deats

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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...

    Published November 7th 2004 by Routledge

  3. As You Like It

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Edward Tomarken

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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,...

    Published February 28th 1997 by Routledge

  4. The Comedy of Errors

    Critical Essays

    By Robert S. Miola

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    This collection of essays and reviews represents the most significant and comprehensive writing on Shakespeare's A Comedy of Errors. Miola's edited work also features a comprehensive critical history, coupled with a full bibliography and photographs of major productions of the play from around the...

    Published June 30th 1997 by Routledge

  5. Hamlet

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Arthur F. Kinney

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    Using a variety of approaches, from postcolonialism and New Historicism to psychoanalysis and gender studies, the international contributors to Hamlet: New Critical Essays contribute major new interpretations on the conception and writing, editing, and cultural productions of Hamlet. This book is...

    Published November 15th 2001 by Routledge

  6. Henry VI

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Thomas A. Pendleton

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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...

    Published April 23rd 2001 by Routledge

  7. Julius Caesar

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Horst Zander

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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...

    Published November 28th 2004 by Routledge

  8. King Lear

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Jeffrey Kahan

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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?...

    Published April 16th 2008 by Routledge

  9. Love's Labour's Lost

    Critical Essays

    By Felicia Hardison Londre

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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;...

    Published February 28th 1997 by Routledge

  10. Macbeth

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Nick Moschovakis

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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,...

    Published March 9th 2008 by Routledge

  11. The Merchant of Venice

    Critical Essays

    Edited by John W. Mahon, Ellen Macleod Mahon

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    This volume is a collection of all-new original essays covering everything from feminist to postcolonial readings of the play as well as source queries and analyses of historical performances of the play. The Merchant of Venice is a collection of seventeen new essays that explore the concepts of...

    Published August 1st 2002 by Routledge

  12. The Merry Wives of Windsor

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Evelyn Gajowski, Phyllis Rackin

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    The Merry Wives of Windsor is a much neglected comedy by Shakespeare. Initially popular, it was subsequently dismissed and marginalised as one of his weakest plays. However, recent developments in feminist, ecocritical and new historicist criticism have led to a revival of interest, and this...

    To Be Published September 17th 2014 by Routledge

  13. A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Dorothea Kehler

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    This volume traces the modern critical and performance history of this play, one of Shakespeare's most-loved and most-performed comedies. The essay focus on such modern concerns as feminism, deconstruction, textual theory, and queer theory....

    Published November 30th 1997 by Routledge

  14. Othello

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Philip Kolin

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    Including twenty-one groundbreaking chapters that examine one of Shakespeare's most complex tragedies. Othello: Critical Essays explores issues of friendship and fealty, love and betrayal, race and gender issues, and much more....

    Published December 20th 2001 by Routledge

  15. Pericles

    Critical Essays

    By David Skeele

    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...

    Published August 2nd 2000 by Routledge

  16. Richard II

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by Jeremy Lopez

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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...

    Published February 6th 2012 by Routledge

  17. Romeo and Juliet

    Critical Essays

    Edited by John F. Andrews

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    Published February 28th 1993 by Routledge

  18. Shakespeare's Sonnets

    Critical Essays

    Edited by James Schiffer

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    Shakespeare's Sonnets: Critical Essays is the essential Sonnets anthology for our time. This important collection focuses exclusively on contemporary criticism of the Sonnets, reprinting three highly influential essays from the past decade and including sixteen original analyses by leading scholars...

    Published October 31st 1998 by Routledge

  19. The Tempest

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Patrick M. Murphy

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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...

    Published May 23rd 2001 by Routledge

  20. The Taming of the Shrew

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Dana Aspinall

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    This volume is a comprehensive collection of critical essays on The Taming of the Shrew, and includes extensive discussions of the play's various printed versions and its theatrical productions. Aspinall has included only those essays that offer the most influential and controversial arguments...

    Published October 18th 2001 by Routledge

  21. Twelfth Night

    New Critical Essays

    Edited by James Schiffer

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    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...

    Published December 20th 2010 by Routledge

  22. Two Gentlemen of Verona

    Critical Essays

    Edited by June Schlueter

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    Twenty-nine collected essays represent a critical history of Shakespeare's play as text and as theater, beginning with Samuel Johnson in 1765, and ending with a review of the Royal Shakespeare Company production in 1991. The criticism centers on three aspects of the play: the love/friendship debate....

    Published November 30th 1995 by Routledge

  23. Venus and Adonis

    Critical Essays

    By Philip C. Kolin

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    This is the first collection of critical essays devoted exclusively to Shakespeare's first published work, his long narrative poem Venus and Adonis which established his reputation as the literary darling of London and the heir of Ovid. Particularly important is the book's coverage of the...

    Published January 31st 1997 by Routledge

  24. The Winter's Tale

    Critical Essays

    Edited by Maurice Hunt

    Series: Shakespeare Criticism

    A collection that includes a lengthy introduction describing historical trends in critical interpretations and theatrical performances of Shakespeare's play; 20 essays on the play, including two written especially for this volume (by Maurice Hunt and David Bergeron)....

    Published July 31st 1995 by Routledge