Shakespeare's Problem Plays: All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida

Shakespeare's Problem Plays: All's Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida

by Simon Barker (Editor)


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This New Casebook offers a wide-ranging selection of contemporary critical readings of Shakespeare's three 'problem plays': All's Well that Ends Well, Measure for Measure and Trolius and Cressida. Together, they reflect the diversity of late twentieth-century theory and the controversy that continues to be generated by the plays, and discuss a variety of key issues. These include the meaning of the term 'problem play', the historical context and political and cultural significance of the plays, as well as issues of staging and theatre history. The volume also provides a helpful introduction which guides the reader through the critical approaches, terms and debates, as well as explanatory notes for each essay and a useful section on further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780333654286
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 08/06/2005
Series: New Casebooks
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

SIMON BARKER is Principal Lecturer at the University of Gloucestershire, UK.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.- General Editors' Preface.- Introduction; S.Barker.- Shakespeare's Problem Plays: Concepts and Perspectives; V.Thomas.- All's Well That Ends Well and the Tale of the Chivalric Quest; L.Scragg.- The Political Effects of Gender and Class in All's Well That Ends Well; P.Erickson.- Subjectivity, Desire and Female Friendship in All's Well That Ends Well; C.Asp.- Transgression and Surveillance in Measure for Measure; J.Dollimore.- London in Measure for Measure; L.S.Marcus.- Love's Tyranny Inside-Out in the Problem Plays: Yours, Mine and Counter-Mine; R.Hillman.- 'Tricks we Play on the Dead': Making History in Troilus and Cressida; H.James.- Invading Bodies.- Bawdy Exchanges: Disease, Desire, and Representation; V.Traub.- Fragments of Nationalism in Troilus and Cressida; M.Greenfield.- Further Reading.- Notes on Contributors.- Index.

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