All's Well That Ends Well

All's Well That Ends Well

by Gary Waller (Editor)



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All's Well That Ends Well by Gary Waller

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 presents a broad range of approaches to it, including historical, feminist, performative and psychoanalytical criticisms.

In addition to fourteen essays written by leading scholars, the editor’s introduction provides a substantial overview of the play’s critical history, with a strong focus on performance analysis and the impact that this has had on its reception and reputation. Demonstrating a variety of approaches to the play and furthering recent debates, this book makes a valuable contribution to Shakespeare criticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415973250
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/01/2006
Series: Shakespeare Criticism Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Gary Waller is Professor of Literature Cultural and Drama Studies at Purchase College, SUNY. He has published widely, including books on The Sidney Family Romance, English Poetry of the Sixteenth Century, Shakespeare’s Comedies, Edmund Spenser: A Literary Life and Mary Sidney Countess of Pembroke.

Table of Contents

General Editor's Introduction     ix
List of Figures and Acknowledgments     xi
Contributors     xiv
Preface     xvii
From "the Unfortunate Comedy" to "this Infinitely Fascinating Play": the Critical and Theatrical Emergence of All's Well, That Ends Well   Gary Waller     1
Revising the Sources: Novella, Romance, and the Meanings of Fiction in All's Well, That Ends Well   Steven Mentz     57
"As Sweet as Sharp": Helena and the Fairy Bride Tradition   Regina Buccola     71
Tying the (K)not: The Marriage of Tragedy and Comedy in All's Well, That Ends Well   Paul Gleed     85
All's Well, That Ends Well and the Art of Retrograde Motion   Deanne Williams     98
Performing Woman: Female Theatricality in All's Well, That Ends Well   Kent R. Lehnhof     111
"To make the 'not' eternal": Female Eloquence and Patriarchal Authority in All's Well, That Ends Well   Ellen Belton     125
Shakespeare's Miracle Play? Religion in All's Well, That Ends Well   Helen Wilcox     140
She is in the Right: Biblical Maternity and All's Well, That Ends Well   Michele Osherow     155
"The credit of your father": Absent Fathers in All's Well, That Ends Well   David M. Bergeron     169
"'Twas mine, 'twas Helen's"; Rings of Desire in All's Well, That Ends Well   Nicholas Ray     183
"Sweet Practicer, thy Physic I will try": Helena and Her 'Good Receipt' in All's Well, That Ends Well   Catherine Field     194
All's Well, That Ends Well and the 1604 Controversy Concerning the Court of Wards and Liveries   Terry Reilly     209
Playing it Accordingly: Parolles and Shakespeare's Knee-crooking Knaves   Craig Dionne     221
All's Well as Television: the 1980 Moshinsky Production   Bob White     234
Select List of Productions of All's Well, That Ends Well, 1953-2006     247
Select Bibliography     251
Index     255

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