The Tempest: Further Reading
I am recommending just two books on the group of plays which includes The Tempest, and two specifically on Caliban.
- Bloom, Harold, ed. Caliban. Major Literary Characters. New York: Chelsea House, 1992. PR2833/C275.
- Felperin, Howard. Shakespearean Romance. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1972. PR2976/F35.
- Foakes, R. A. Shakespeare, the Dark Comedies to the Last Plays: From Satire to Celebration. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1971. PR 2976/F57.
- Graff, Gerald, and James Phelan, eds. The Tempest: A Case Study in Critical Controversy. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000. This book has several good articles that challenge the post-colonial reading of the play, but at time of writing was available only on inter-library loan.
- Vaughan, Alden T, and Virginia Mason Vaughan. Shakespeare's Caliban: A Cultural History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991. PR2833/V38.
In addition, I am including a group of books on Shakespeare, representative of current trends in Shakespeare criticism. Let me stress again that I believe it more important for you to spend time reading plays than reading about plays; nonetheless, by this stage in the course, you will be confident enough in your ability to read Shakespeare that you will not be overpowered by a particularly persuasive critic. A general rule: never read just one criticism of a play.
A general survey of Shakespeare's life and works
- Edwards, Philip. Shakespeare: A Writer's Progress. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986. PR2976/E28.
Some discussions of theoretical approaches
- Drakakis, John. Alternative Shakespeares. Methuen, 1985. PR2976/A64
- Felperin, Howard. The Uses of the Canon: Elizabethan Literature and Contemporary Theory. Oxford: Clarendon, 1990. PR421/F45.
- Grady, Hugh. The Modernist Shakespeare: Critical Texts in a Material World. Oxford: Clarendon, 1991. PR2969/G7.
- Parker, Patricia, and Geoffrey Hartman. Shakespeare and the Question of Theory. London: Methuen, 1985. PR2976/S3373
Three feminist studies
- Dreher, Diane Elizabeth. Domination and Defiance: Fathers and Daughters in Shakespeare. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 1986. PR2992/F3D74.
- Jardine, Lisa. Still Harping on Daughters. Brighton: Harvester Press, 1983. PR658/W6J37.
- Lenz, Carolyn R. S, Gayle Greene, and Carol T. Neely. The Woman's Part: Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 1980. PR2991/W6.
A study which emphasises performance
- Berry, Ralph. Changing Styles in Shakespeare. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1981. PR3091/B434.
An anthology of political approches
- Dollimore, Jonathan, and Alan Sinfield. Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1985. PR2976/P64.
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