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"Measure for Measure"

Shakespeare, the Critical Tradition

By: George L. Geckle (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 2001
ISBN: 9780485810042
Number Of Pages: 420

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In this critical evaluation of the classic, the discussion focuses on the nature of the major characters, the morality of their behavior, the conclusion of the play, and the genre of a play that was listed in the First Folio as a comedy. The contents of this volume cover texts by English, American and European scholars and critics including Malone, Stevens, Schlegel, Hazlitt, Coleridge, Hallam, Gervinus, Bagehot, Pater, Dowden, Furnivall, Swinburne, Symons, Boas, Shaw, Bradley, Chambers, Bridges, Masefield and Croce.

Industry Reviews

For those working on Shakespeare in the nineteenth century, this collection will be an important resource. The play posed questions with which these critics were warily reluctant to engage, and the tactics they deployed to domesticate the drama are very revealing. Via misconceived idealism, sentimentality, and their yearning for it to be something other than what it was, Measure for Measure had in effect turned into Mariana. New Studies in the Shakespearian Heroine

General Editor's Preface
Introductionp. 1
Correcting Shakespeare's editors, 1783p. 31
Isabella 'pious, ... determined, and eloquent', 1789p. 34
Topical allusions in Measure for Measure, 1790p. 36
Identifying the main source, explaining the text, 1793p. 39
On the play's sources, 1807p. 42
A faulty play, 1807p. 45
Character and characterization, 1808p. 47
'The triumph of mercy over strict justice', 1815p. 49
Measure for Measure in performance, 1816p. 51
Isabella, a 'lovely example of female excellence', 1817p. 53
'A general system of cross-purposes', 1817p. 56
The Family Shakespeare, 1818p. 58
Character and morality in Measure for Measure, 1822p. 60
The play's major source, 1824p. 63
A play about mercy, 1826p. 70
Isabella compared to Portia, 1832p. 74
A 'hateful' and 'painful' play, 1835, 1836p. 80
A struggle between drama and philosophy, 1839p. 82
An introduction to the play, 1840p. 84
On the play's date and sources, 1842p. 94
Striking passages in a play that gives little pleasure, 1845p. 96
An expression of New Testament morality, 1846p. 99
'This remarkable drama', 1847p. 106
The betrothal contracts and their significance, 1850p. 113
Dispraise for Angelo, praise for Isabella, ambivalence about the Duke, 1851p. 115
Angelo a natural hypocrite, 1853p. 121
Sympathy for Angelo, criticism of Isabella, 1854p. 123
An uncongenial play, 1856p. 135
On Isabella, the epitome of goodness, and some minor characters, 1863p. 141
A play expressing equity, not justice, 1863p. 152
'The central expression' of Shakespeare's 'moral judgments', 1874p. 161
A dark and bitter play, 1875p. 168
Mediation by the monastic life, 1875p. 172
The place of Measure for Measure in Shakespeare's canon, 1877p. 182
Measure for Measure and Roman Catholicism, 1877p. 186
On the play's analogues and early performance, 1880p. 192
A tragedy, 1880p. 194
Measure for Measure as dramatic literature, 1886-1909p. 196
A lesson from the Sermon on the Mount, 1889p. 199
The 'painfulness' of Measure for Measure, 1889p. 201
A 'disconsolate and bitter' play, 1891p. 205
A recapitulation of Shakespeare's earlier work, 1894p. 215
A problem play, 1896p. 219
Measure for Measure and Puritan hypocrisy, 1898p. 229
Shakespeare elevated 'a degraded and repellent theme', 1898p. 236
A play 'full of prophetic intimations', 1899p. 239
A 'painful and repellent' play, 1900p. 242
Measure for Measure as 'a moral experiment', 1903p. 244
Miscellaneous comments, 1904p. 254
A critical introduction, 1905p. 257
An 'unclassifiable play' with a 'half satirical title', 1905p. 261
'The limits of comedy ... sorely strained', 1906p. 263
Measure for Measure and 'the philosophy of morals', 1906p. 268
On the 'inconsistency in the character of Angelo', 1907p. 271
Shakespeare's representation of 'a weak world', 1907p. 274
A play dramatizing 'the central truth of Christian morality', 1907p. 281
A play better read than acted, 1907p. 286
Duke Vincentio as Shakespeare's alter ego, 1909p. 289
'A dramatised Sermon on the Mount of Genius', 1909p. 295
An attack on Puritanism, 1909p. 300
'An early, half finished piece', 1910p. 309
Historical criticism and Measure for Measure, 1910p. 311
'One of the greatest works of the greatest English mind', 1911p. 313
William Poel's Elizabethan' production, 1911p. 316
Characterization, style and structure, 1912p. 319
An 'eminently disagreeable' piece of cynicism, 1913p. 323
A play 'as painful as it is ill-shapen', 1913p. 332
A play 'unfit for the modern Theatre', 1913p. 336
Measure for Measure and 'the ethical spirit of western literature', 1915p. 338
The 'happy ending ... fails to persuade', 1920p. 340
Notesp. 343
Select Bibliographyp. 363
Indexp. 373
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ISBN: 9780485810042
ISBN-10: 0485810042
Series: Shakespeare, the Critical Tradition
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 420
Published: 1st August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.0  x 3.56
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1