Shakespeare's Middle Tragedies: A Collection of Critical Essays, 1st edition

  • David Young

Shakespeare's Middle Tragedies: A Collection of Critical Essays

ISBN-13:  9780138078843

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For all Literature and/or Literary Criticism courses. A generation ago Prentice Hall's Twentieth Century Views series set the standard for truly useful collections of literary criticism on widely studied authors. These collections of essays, selected and introduced by distinguished scholars, made the most informative and provocative critical work on each writer easily available to students, scholars, and the general public. Now the New Century Views series, co-edited by Richard Brodhead and Maynard Mack, offers volumes of the same excellence for the contemporary moment. Each volume captures and makes accessible the most stimulating critical writing of our time on crucial literary figures of the past and present. Also included in each is an introduction to the author's life and work, a chronology of important dates, and a selected bibliography.

Table of contents

Introduction, David Young.


Hamlet and the Shape of Revenge, Mark Rose.

Superposed Plays: Hamlet, Richard Lanham.

Man and Wife Is One Flesh: Hamlet and the Confrontation with the Maternal Body, Janet Adelman.

Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism, Elaine Showalter.

Viewpoints, Bert O. States, Daniel Seltzer, Richard Fly, René Girard.


The Joker in the Pack, W. H. Auden.

Women and Men in Othello, Carol Thomas Neely.

Unproper Beds: Race, Adultery and the Hideous in Othello, Michael Neill.

Signs, Speech and Self, James L. Calderwood.

Viewpoints, Susan Snyder, Stephen Greenblatt.


Action and World in King Lear, Maynard Mack.

The Avoidance of Love: A Reading of King Lear, Stanley Cavell.

Lear's Theatre Poetry, Marvin Rosenberg.

The Father and the Bride, Linda E. Boose.

“The Base Shall Top Th'Legitimate”: The Bedlam Beggar and the Role of Edgar in King Lear, William C. Carroll.

Chronology of Important Dates.

Notes on Contributors.


Published by Pearson (October 27th 1992) - Copyright © 1993