English 366C: Readings
Readings for individual plays will be found on the initial pages for each play: some of these readings are in the Library, others are links to web sites, or shorter passages from longer works.
1. The Taming of the Shrew
- Selected passages from The Taming of a Shrew
- Feminist Modes of Shakespeare Criticism: Compentatory, Justificatory, Transformational.. Carol Thomas Neeley. On reserve in the MacPherson Library.
- Two short passages:
2. A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Familiarity with medieval concepts of hierarchy, order in society, and marriage, using the web pages linked from this page.
- Familiarity with Shakespeare's stage and staging practices, using the web pages linked from this page.
- Familiarity with early forms of drama, using the web pages linked from this page.
3. Much Ado About Nothing
- An excerpt from Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning: from More to Shakespeare (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1980).
4. The Merchant of Venice
- Article: Patrick Grant, "The Bible and The Merchant of Venice"
- Excerpts from Marlowe's Jew of Malta
- The Merchant: Historicism
5. The Tempest
- Ballads and madrigals
- Caliban and the tradition of the wild man
- The magical island compared with voyages of discovery
- Montaigne "On Cannibals"
- The solemnization of matrimony
6. Measure for Measure
- Adaptation as criticism: A Law for Lovers
- Thematic criticism and Measure for Measure
- Shakespeare's source: Whetstone's Promos and Cassandra
7. The Winter's Tale
- A contemporary account: Simon Forman sees The Winter's Tale
- The statue scene: the Renaissance artist Giulio Romano
- Paulina's marriage: a comment by Michael D. Friedman
- Another romance: Pericles
This page last updated on 28 August 2006. © Michael Best, 2002.