William Shakespeare's comedies - including 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', 'As You Like It', 'Twelfth Night', 'The Merchant of Venice', and more - are funny, allusive, difficult, profound, and unforgettable, and have served as templates for other comedic works throughout the centuries. This invaluable new study guide contains a selection of the finest contemporary criticism of these classic plays.
Editor's Note Introduction (Harold Bloom)
The Serious Comedy of Twelfth Night: Dark Didacticism in Illyria (Lisa Marciano) Country Matters: 'As You Like It' and the Pastoral-Bashing Impulse (Linda Woodbridge) Agency and the Threat of Cuckoldry in 'As You Like It' and 'Merchant of Venice' (Emily Detmer-Goebel) Mimetic Service in 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (Elizabeth Rivlin) 'The Taming of a Shrew': Composition as Induction to Authorship (Roy Eriksen) "Stuffed with all honourable virtures": 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'The Book of the Courtier' (Philip D. Collington) Language, Magic, the Dromios, and 'The Comedy of Errors' (Kent Cartwright) In Mercury’s Household: 'The Merry Wives of Windsor' (Michael Steppat) "We know what we know": Reckoning in 'Love's Labor's Lost' (Cynthia Lewis) Shylock's Sacred Nation (Aaron Kitch) Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics: The Case of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' (Hugh Grady)
Chronology Contributors Bibliography Acknowledgments Index