Aspects of Shakespeare's 'Problem Plays': Articles reprinted from Shakespeare Survey

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Kenneth Muir, Stanley Wells
CUP Archive, 1982 M02 18 - 158 pages
These articles, reprinted from various volumes of Shakespeare Survey, concern three plays which have gradually become appreciated by critics and in the theatre. Since the early years of this century they have been seen as an interrelated group, with a peculiarly twentieth-century appeal. Measure for Measure, concerned as it is with adolescents' first encounters with sex, love and death, has a special appeal for young people; Troilus and Cressida, set in the Trojan War, has been found deeply relevant to our own war-troubled times; and All's Well That Ends Well, sharing these preoccupations, is a necessary companion piece. John Barton, who has directed all three plays, is interviewed in one of the articles, which together illustrate the often heated controversy about the plays. Reviews and photographs of post-war productions at Stratford are also included. The book as a whole is designed as a stimulating introduction to these plays and to conflicting interpretations of them.

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Contents

Act II scene iii Lafeu and Parolles 1967
24
Alls Well That Ends Well by NICHOLAS BROOKE ΙΟ
26
Act v scene iii Bertram Helena and the King of France 1959
39
Why Does it End Well? Helena Bertram and the Sonnets
43
25
53
The Renaissance Background of Measure for Measure
57
The Unfolding of Measure for Measure
77
Virtues and Vices in Measure for Measure
87
Troilus and Cressida by KENNETH MUIR
96
Act v scene ii Cressida and Diomedes watched by Troilus
110
An Essay on Shakespeares Troilus
111
A Retrospect
126
Measure for Measure 1970
144
Troilus and Cressida 1976
152
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