George Bernard Shaw's Plays: Mrs. Warren's Profession, Pygmalion, Man and Superman, Major Barbara: Contexts and Criticism

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This collection presents a cross-section of Shaw's most important theater work—Mrs. Warren's Profession, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, and Pygmalion.
Each play is fully annotated.
"Contexts and Criticism" features all-new material on the author and his work, from traditional critical readings to more theorized approaches, among them essays on Shaw's Fabianism and his alleged feminism. Contributors include ...

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Overview

This collection presents a cross-section of Shaw's most important theater work—Mrs. Warren's Profession, Man and Superman, Major Barbara, and Pygmalion.
Each play is fully annotated.
"Contexts and Criticism" features all-new material on the author and his work, from traditional critical readings to more theorized approaches, among them essays on Shaw's Fabianism and his alleged feminism. Contributors include Leon Hugo, Sally Peters, Tracy C. Davis, John A. Bertolini, Stanley Weintraub, and J. Ellen Gainor.
A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography are included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393977530
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/2002
  • Series: Norton Critical Editions Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 777,418
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandie Byrne is Fellow and Tutor in English at Balliol College, Oxford University. She is the author of Tony Harrison: Loiner, H., V., and O.: The Poetry of Tony Harrison, the Icon Reader's Guide to Ted Hughes, and the Icon Reader's Guide to Mansfield Park.

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Texts of the Plays
Mrs. Warren's Profession (1898) 3
Man and Superman (1903) 67
Major Barbara (1907) 203
Pygmalion (1914) 286
Contexts and Criticism
On Shaw 363
From Edwardian Shaw: The Writer and His Age 363
Two Models: Wilde and Ibsen 370
The Political Shaw 382
Shaw's Life: A Feminist in Spite of Himself 400
From Pygmalion's Wordplay 420
On Mrs. Warren's Profession 443
[Review of Mrs. Warren's Professon] 443
Apprenticeship as a Playwright 445
On Man and Superman 450
[Review of Man and Superman] 450
Fatherhood and the Self, or the Philosophy of Comedy 453
On Major Barbara 478
[Shaw's Blakean Farce] 478
Four Fathers for Barbara 502
On Pygmalion 514
The Daughter in Her Place 514
Pygmalion: Myth and Anti-Myth in the Plays of Ibsen and Shaw 527
George Bernard Shaw: A Chronology 539
Selected Bibliography 543
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