Enable New Insights into the Works of Shakespeare
Shakespearean Criticism through Gale Literature Criticism provides students, educators, theatergoers, and other interested readers with valuable insights into Shakespeare’s drama and poetry. Clear, accessible introductory essays followed by carefully selected critical responses allow end users to engage with a variety of scholarly views and critical conversations about Shakespeare’s works as literature and in performance.
Students and teachers at all levels of study will benefit from this series, whether they seek information for class discussion and writing assignments, new perspectives on the works or the most noteworthy analyses of Shakespeare’s legacy.
This detailed series provides comprehensive coverage of critical interpretations of the plays and poems of William Shakespeare.
- Volumes 1 through 10 present critical overviews of each play and feature criticism from the 17th century to the present.
- Volumes 11-26 focus on the history of Shakespeare's plays on the stage and in major film adaptations.
- Volumes 27-56 focus on criticism published after 1960 and include topic entries that deliver thematic approaches to Shakespeare's works.
- Starting with Vol. 57, the series provides general criticism published since 1990 and historical criticism not featured in previous volumes on four to five plays or works per volume. Select volumes contain topic entries.
Until volume 48, Shakespearean Criticism compiled an annual volume of the most noteworthy essays published on Shakespeare during the previous year. The essays, reprinted in their entirety, were recommended to Gale by an international panel of distinguished scholars.