The "Taming of the Shrew" remains one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. The loving "battle of the sexes" between its protagonists, Kate and Petruchio, is a theme of nearly universal relevance in Western literature. This invaluable new study guide to one of Shakespeare's greatest plays contains a selection of the finest criticism through the centuries on "The Taming of the Shrew". Students will also benefit from the additional features included in this volume, such as an introduction by Harold Bloom, an accessible summary, analysis of key passages, a comprehensive list of characters, a biography of Shakespeare, and more.
Series introduction -- Introduction / Harold Bloom -- Biography of William Shakespeare -- Summary of The Taming of the Shrew -- Key passages in The Taming of the Shrew -- List of characters in The Taming of the Shrew -- Criticism through the ages -- The Taming of the Shrew in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries -- From "Remarks on the plays of Shakespear" / Charles Gildon 1709 -- "Notes on The Taming of the Shrew," from The plays of William Shakespeare 1765 -- "The Taming of the Shrew," from The morality of Shakespeare's drama 1775 -- The Taming of the Shrew in the nineteenth century -- "The Taming of the Shrew," from Characters of Shakespear's plays / William Hazlitt 1817 -- "Criticisms on Shakespeare's comedies," from Lectures on dramatic art and literature / August Wilhelm Schlegel 1846 -- "The Taming of the Shrew," from Notes and queries / Samuel Hickson 1850 -- "Taming of the Shrew," from Shakspear's dramatic art / Hermann Ulrici 1876 -- "Introduction to the play," from The Leopold Shakspere / Frederick James Furnivall 1877-- "Second period : comic and historic," from A study of Shakespeare / Algernon Charles Swinburne 1879 -- "The Taming of the Shrew," from Shakspere / Edward Dowden 1883 -- "Chin, chon, chino," from Saturday Review / George Bernard Shaw 1897 -- The Taming of the Shrew in the twentieth century -- From "Personality and its dramatic expression in intrigue and irony," in The moral system of Shakespeare / Richard G. Moulton 1903 -- "The Taming of the Shrew," from The Atheneum / Charlotte Carmichael Stopes 1904 -- "Introduction," from The complete works of William Shakespeare / Alice Meynell 1907 -- "Characters of Katharine and Petruchio," from Shakespeare on the stage / William Winter 1915 -- "The Taming of the Shrew," from Shakespeare : a survey / Edmund K. Chambers 1926 -- "The Taming of the Shrew," from The meaning of Shakespeare / Harold C. Goddard 1951 -- "The Taming of the Shrew," from Shakespeare's comedies / Bertrand Evans 1960 -- "The strengths of the shrew," from the Times Literary Supplement / William Empson 1961 -- "Kate of Kate Hall," from Comic transformations in Shakespeare / Ruth Nevo 1980 -- "The raw and the cooked in The Taming of the Shrew," from Journal of English and Germanic philology / Camille Wells Slights 1989 -- The Taming of the Shrew in the twenty-first century -- "Bianca and Petruchio : 'The veriest shrew[s] of all,'" from Re-visions of Shakespeare : essays in honor of Robert Ornstein / Carolyn E. Brown 2004 -- Bibliography -- Acknowledgments -- Index.