'The Tempest', 'The Winter's Tale', 'Measure for Measure', and 'All's Well That Ends Well' have fascinated scholars for centuries for, among other aspects, the ways they resist an obvious genre classification. While these stories of love and familial recognition bear elements of romantic conflict, Shakespeare integrated aspects of the comedic and tragic as well in these complex works. Renowned Shakespearean scholar Harold Bloom introduces this volume of critical essays about the Bard and his romantic plays, and a chronology of his life, a bibliography, and an index will be helpful to researchers.
Editor’s Note Introduction (Harold Bloom) Shakespeare’s Romances: The Winter's Tale (Northrop Frye)
Cymbeline: The Rescue of the King (Ruth Nevo) The Crime and Conversion of Leontes in 'The Winter’s Tale' (René Girard) Virtue, Vice, and Compassion in Montaigne and 'The Tempest' (Arthur Kirsch) ‘Near Akin’: The Trials of Friendship in 'The Two Noble Kinsmen' (Alan Stewart) 'Troilus and Cressida' (W.H. Auden) The Consolation of Romance: Providence in Shakespeare's Late Plays (Richard Harp) In the Shadow of Hamlet: Comedy and Death in 'All’s Well That Ends Well' (Alexander Leggatt)
Chronology Contributors Bibliography Acknowledgments Index