The Tempest

by: William Shakespeare

Suggestions for Further Reading

Bloom, Harold, ed. Caliban. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1992.

This edited volume includes an assortment of essays on the character Caliban, both as he appears in Shakespeare’s play and as he appears in the work of later writers such as Robert Browning and W. H. Auden.

Graff, Gerald, and James Phelan, eds. The Tempest: A Case Study in Critical Controversy. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin’s, 2000.

This volume includes the full text of the play along with a selection of essays concerning major critical and cultural controversies related to the play. The editors have also compiled a selection of visual representations of Caliban.

Gurr, Andrew. The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Originally published in 1970, Andrew Gurr’s book remains the most authoritative overview of Shakespearean drama. This volume is particularly useful for understanding how Shakespeare’s plays were originally produced and staged.

Murphy, Patrick M., ed. The Tempest: Critical Essays. New York: Garland, 2000.

Patrick Murphy’s selection of criticism on The Tempest helps the reader understand the history of the play’s reception from the seventeenth century to the present day. In addition to older criticism, Murphy’s volume includes eight original essays that draw on contemporary theoretical paradigms such as gender studies and postcolonial studies.

Palmer, D., ed. Shakespeare: The Tempest: A Casebook. Nashville: Aurora Publishers, 1970.

This edited volume contains criticism of the play by early critics from Shakespeare’s time such as John Dryden, as well as later critics from the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Part 2 of the volume includes a selection of more contemporary criticism.

Richards, Jennifer, and James Knowles, eds. Shakespeare’s Late Plays: New Readings. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999.

This collection of essays helps the reader contextualize The Tempest among the Shakespeare’s other late plays, such as Cymbeline and The Winter’s Tale. The essays in this volume reflect more recent topics in Shakespeare studies, including nationalism and gender studies.

Smith, Hallett Darius, ed. The Tempest: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1969.

Hallet Darius Smith’s volume contains sixteen essays on The Tempest by leading British, American, and Canadian scholars. Although older than the other collections on this list, this one remains useful for readers who are interested in acquiring a broad range of interpretive perspectives on the play.

Vaughan, Virginia Mason, and Alden T. Vaughan, eds. Critical Essays on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. New York: G. K. Hall, 1998.

This volume includes eleven essays that offer the reader numerous perspectives on the play’s source material, its various interpretations, and its original staging. Readers will also find a critical reexamination of postcolonial interpretations of the play, which dominated much of the critical discourse in the 1980s and 1990s.


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