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Shakespeare's Comedies: A Guide to Criticism

Emma Smith (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-77691-9
320 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
Shakespeare
This Guide introduces students to critical writing on Shakespeare’s comedies over the last four centuries.

  • Guides students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s history plays.
  • Covers both significant early views and recent critical interventions.
  • Substantial editorial material links the articles and places them in context.
  • Annotated suggestions for further reading allow students to investigate further.
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Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1 The Development of Criticism of Shakespeare's Comedies.

2 Genre.

Marriage as Comic Closure.

False Immortality in Measure for Measure.

3 Language.

Here Follows Prose.

Transfer of Title in Love's Labour's Lost.

4 Gender and Sexuality.

Helena's Bed-trick.

The Homoerotics of Shakespearian.

Comedy.

5 History and Politics.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?.

Bottom's Up.

6 Performance.

Kate: Interpreting the Silence.

As You Like It.

Index

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Emma Smith is Fellow of Hertford College and Lecturer in English at Oxford University. Her publications include Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedie (ed. 1998) and Shakespeare in Production: Henry V (2000).
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  • Guides students through four centuries of critical writing on Shakespeare’s comedies.
  • Covers both significant early views and recent critical interventions.
  • Substantial editorial material links the articles and places them in context.
  • Annotated suggestions for further reading allow students to investigate further.
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"clearly designed to make friendly that enormous and daunting edifice of Shakespeare criticism. [...] extremely helful historical and generic overviews" THES

[and talking about all three books together:]

"Altogether, either as the source of critical thinking or as reference guides and bibliographies, these volumes will prove convenient and interesting as auhtoritatively conducted tours of their domains." THES

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