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

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Kenneth Muir, Stanley Wells
CUP Archive, Feb 18, 1982 - Drama - 153 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 I scene iii Helena and the Countess 1959 page
22
Act n scene iii Helena and the Lords 1955
23
Act In scene v Watching the army pass by 1951
24
Act v scene iii Bertram Helena and the King of France 1959
25
Alls Well That Ends Well by Nicholas Brooke
26
Why Does it End Well? Helena Bertram and the Sonnets
43
The Renaissance Background ofMeasure for Measure
57
Act 1 scene ii Lucio and Mistress Overdone 1974
74
Virtues and Vices in Measure for Measure
87
Troilus and Cressida by Kenneth Muir
96
Trotlus and Cressida
97
Act 1n scene i Pandarus song 1960
108
Act In scene ii Troilus and Cressida plight their troth 1976
109
Act v scene ii Cressida and Diomedes watched by Troilus and Ulysses 1960
110
An Essay on ShakespearesTroilus
111
A Retrospect
126

Act 11 scene ii Angelo assumes the Dukes authority 1970
75
The Duke with prisoners 1950
76
The Unfolding of Measure for Measure
77
Measure for Measure 1970
144
Troilus and Cressida 1976
152
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